Quick Bit: The Sporting News is grading trades live as they happen on today’s deadline.
The MLB trade deadline is upon us, which means it’s time for teams to decide where they stand this season. Are they buyers, trying to shore up for a playoff run? Or are they sellers, looking to stock up for the future?
A few trades have already come down, including the Yankees acquiring outfielder Andrew Benintendi and the Mariners picking up pitcher Luis Castillo. But there are some dominoes yet to fall, and with so many moving parts, there will likely be deals up until the 6 p.m. deadline.
The Sporting News is providing live analysis and grades for every trade made at this year’s deadline.
Orioles reaffirm themselves as sellers, trade All-Star closer
Twins get: RHP Jorge Lopez
Orioles get: RHP Yennier Cano, LHP Cade Povich, RHP Juan Nu?ez, LHP Juan Rojas
Grades: Twins — A Astros — B-
Another relatively boring trade that addresses needs and is fairly even, the Braves are adding a starting pitcher to a rotation that needed some help from three onward and the Astros are bolstering their bullpen.
Both of these teams do pretty well at getting the most from their arms, but the Braves make out a little better due to their recent history with taking new arms through October. Smith is having a slightly down season by his standards, but the Astros have a good pedigree with bullpen arms.
Cardinals get starter from Pirates, but it comes at a price
Cardinals get: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Chris Stratton
Pirates get: RHP Johan Oviedo, INF Malcolm Nu?ez
Grades: Cardinals — B+