This week’s episode of the Triple Play Podcast was recorded after the trade deadline, which means we had a flurry of major moves to discuss. To put it simply: we talked a lot. The biggest trade obviously involved the Tigers acquiring David Price from the Rays, so we spent plenty of time talking about the impact on the Royals, and the small return Tampa Bay received for their ace. The Mariners also got a huge upgrade at center field by trading for Austin Jackson.
Price wasn’t the only frontline starter traded, of course, so we broke down the deal that sent Jon Lester from Boston to Oakland – along with Jonny Gomes – for Yoenis Cespedes. That was kind of an important trade. Of slightly less importance: the A’s traded Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld.
The Red Sox made a handful of other trades, perhaps most notably sending John Lackey to St. Louis for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. Boston appears to have enough talent to compete next year, since they acquired so many big league pieces. The Cardinals had also traded for Justin Masterson, because their rotation is so banged up that trading for a guy with an ERA over 5 seemed like a good idea.
We then spent a solid three seconds breaking down the Royals deadline trades. After that, we talked about why the team didn’t complete any deals – other than the Danny Valencia trade – and what the lack of action may mean for Dayton Moore’s future. One move the team wasn’t able to make was finding a replacement for Eric Hosmer, who went on the disabled list mere hours after the trade deadline passed. We talked about the team’s current options to take Hosmer’s spot on the roster, including Josh Willingham, who would be the perfect waiver claim if the Twins would go ahead and place him on there.
Finally, we discuss Brandon Finnegan‘s promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, as well as the potential shift to right field for Hunter Dozier. One of these things was praised, and the other was not. I’ll give you one guess which is which.
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