Monday's non-waiver trade deadline saw aces Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray join contenders, but other big names stayed put including Justin Verlander and Zach Britton.
As the dust settles, here's a look at the teams who did the best and worst in the trade market:
Los Angeles Dodgers – With baseball's best record, the Dodgers went all in on 2017 by trading for Yu Darvish. This was a radical move for Los Angeles, which has held its prospects at the deadline the past few seasons, rather than deal for top pitchers. Clayton Kershaw had to pitch four times in nine days last October, and the acquisition of Darvish should alleviate some of the pressure on the team's ace.
New York Yankees – The AL East leaders have been dealing all month, but saved their biggest trade for Monday, acquiring Sonny Gray from the Athletics. The 27-year-old is under team control through 2019. Paired with the addition of lefty Jaime Garcia, the Yankees suddenly have a formidable rotation. The Yankees already had one of the best bullpens in baseball, but the trade for David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle earlier in the month made the late innings even more imposing for opponents.
Washington Nationals – The bullpen was a major concern heading into the season, but Washington has still managed to run away with the division. With the trade for Brandon Kintzler on Monday, the Nationals completed a total overhaul that began with the deal for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson earlier in July. This looks like a group capable of finishing games in October, which has been the team's downfall in recent years. Adding Howie Kendrick was a great move, providing some more versatility for roster that has been hit hard by injuries to position players.
Houston Astros – They're running away with the AL West, but failed to strengthen their rotation which has been riddled by injuries. Houston's starters do have the best ERA in the American League, but Lance McCullers was placed on the disabled list Monday and Dallas Keuchel lasted just three innings in his first start in almost two months. The Astros' only move was dealing for lefty Francisco Liriano, who is having a very rough year and will likely be used out of the bullpen.
Detroit Tigers – Opted not to trade Justin Verlander (or Justin Upton). With multiple contenders in need of a starting pitcher, it seemed like the time might be right to deal their longtime ace. But Verlander turns 35 in February, isn't having a great season and is owed $56 million over 2018 and 2019 – hurdles the Tigers did not come close to clearing.
Baltimore Orioles – Jeremy Hellickson will provide the team with some innings this season, but is a free agent and does nothing to address the team's long-standing pitching concerns. Baltimore also traded for shortstop Tim Beckham, which is a mild net positive considering the former No. 1 overall pick is having a better year than the oft-injured J.J. Hardy. Zach Britton's inconsistency since returning from a forearm injury dimmed any chance the Orioles could net a fair return on their once-dominant reliever.
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