Have you caught your breath yet? This trade deadline did not disappoint. We waited and waited and waited for the moves, and then they came fast and furious.
numberIf the dust settles on the 2022 trade deadline and I share it My scores for all 30 teamsLet’s have fun with some deadline superlatives.
So here are my 39 picks for the best, worst, and everything in between from this year’s trade season, starting with the blockbuster historical movie that captured the sport.
worst trade: Angels. they traded closer, Rizel Iglesiaswho signed a four-year, $58 million deal last season, to brave for a man of average satisfaction (Jesse Chavez) and the sixth or seventh bowler for the winning team (Tucker Davidson).
Biggest Surprise Deal: The Yankees And the basicswho met in a deal immediately before the deadline who sent the start of the left hand Jordan Montgomery To St. Louis for the midfielder Harrison Baderfrom the list of injured.
strangest trade: The metswho traded J.D. DavisThomas Zabuki, Carson Seymour, Nick Zwak There is a reputation. Not sure why they had to give up four players for a faction force hitter with huge holes in the board.
Worst deed is standing pat: The white socks. I think they needed to add an attack or improve the promo crew to give this team a shock.
Best Traded Player: Soto. Here’s why.
Best suited assortment: Soto, who will eventually fall between Frando Tates Jr. and Mane Machado In Padres’ stacked squad, so teams won’t be able to get around him like they did when he was with Washington.
The power hitter who will benefit the most from the trade: right swiping Tree Manciniwho left spacious left field at Camden Yards for the comfortable boundary left at Minute Maid Park.
The pitcher who will benefit the most from the trade: Castillo, who no longer has to do half his start in Great American Small Park.
The teams that improved their defense the most: The Yankees, who captured players at Gold Glove on the left field (Andrew Benintende) and field center (Badr), and the velies who added shortstop Edmund Sousa middle fielder Brandon March.
Teams that have improved their rotation and become the most: The Yankees, who landed Montas for their rotation and Le Trevino and Effross for their bull. Twins who added Tyler Mahley to alternate them and López and Michael Vollmer to their bulbines, and the philes (Noah SendergaardAnd the David RobertsonWell done too.
Most Innovative GM: Padres Chief of Baseball Operations AJ Preller, who has found a way to move Eric Hosmer To Boston after San Diego had to be substituted Luke Voigt in trade with citizens because Hosmer used the no-trade clause to nullify the original deal.
The GM who did the best job of rebuilding without having to trade Soto: Nick Krall of the Reds. My last appointment as the Reds GM in 2003 was that of Nick, who was a trainee with the A, as the baseball operations assistant. He made me proud of that deadline, especially as he executed important deals with Seattle and Minnesota, which put the Reds on the right track to rebuild their franchise.
Best Use of Unlimited Text Messages: General Motors Yankees Brian Cashman, who made four impressive acquisitions that put the Yankees in their best position to win a world championship since their last championship in 2009.
Best contract extension: Brave, who fell the third man base Austin Riley for a 10-year club-friendly deal worth $212 million. Riley is one of the best right-handed power hitters in the game and is a complete player. This extension should also assist the Red Sox in their ongoing contract negotiations with their third baseman Raphael Devers.
General Motors who asked for a lot in deals: Cubs head of baseball operations Jed Hoyer and General Motors Carter Hawkins. They missed an opportunity to take advantage when they couldn’t trade the All-Star Mask Wilson Contreraswho will be a free agent after this season.
A player who should have been traded but was not: Carlos Rodon. Judging by the returns the Reds have for Castillo and the best for Montas, the Giants may have lost important prospects to a Ramy they likely won’t be able to re-sign after this season, should he opt out as expected.
The player who was traded and who should not have been: Christian Vasquez. The Red Sox were stuck between buying and selling, but I think they were close enough in the wild card race they needed to keep the Vazquez, given his value to the staff and their club.
Best early return: Drury, who hit a Grand Slam in his first hit with the Padres.
The team that caused the most damage to the morale of the club: The Red Sox, who had a captain Xander Bogarts Publicly unsure what his front desk was doing.
The team that did their best to improve the morale of the club: Padres – No further explanation needed.
Best player traded on IL: Bader, who suffers from plantar fasciitis in his right foot, is not close to returning.
Most frustrated player from deadline: Eric Hosmer, who was initially part of the Soto package, headed to the Nationals, but they were on a no-trade list and rejected the move. Then he was traded to the Red Sox. He didn’t want to leave San Diego.
Best Hairstyle Handled: It is a draw between Syndergaard and Bader.
Fan base that featured the most champagne: Seattle. For the first time in 21 years, they appear to be heading into the post-season following the acquisition of Castillo, who is arguably the best starting player ever traded.
Fan rules that heard crickets: White Sox (one trade), Guardians (one) and the Rockies (zero).
Well now I need your help. Please join in the fun and add to this superlative list in the comments section.
(Top photo of Juan Soto: Orlando Ramirez/USA Today)