The trade deadline came and went and it’s time to see how it went for our Miami Marlins. The full trade deadline analysis can be found here. I also covered the trade deadline for The Fish in part 1 and part 2 teams stand out as the biggest winners of the trade deadline and it’s important to see how that affects The Fish. The list is in no particular order. Let’s begin the list!
The Miami Marlins may not have won the trade deadline.
1. NEW YORK YANKEES
The top World Series contenders this season didn’t disappoint. The Bronx Bombers needed an ace and got one in Frankie Montas from the Oakland Athletics. This was a great trade for them as now they’re going to be running out a rotation led by Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and the aforementioned Frankie Montas.
The New York Yankees were already busy prior to the deadline as well, acquiring LF Andrew Benintendi for his contact. This was accentuated at the trade deadline, as the Bronx Bombers shopped struggling and benched OF Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gallo is batting .159/.282/.339 in 82 games and 233 AB’s.
The New York Yankees weren’t done, as they also upgraded their bullpen in two separate deals (with one including Frankie Montas), acquiring Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs and Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics. Trivino has a ghastly 6.47 ERA, but also has a 3.83 FIP and a healthy 12.7 K/9 to go with it. Bad luck surely led to Trivino’s struggles this season.
The New York Yankees then made a surprise swap, by landing hometown boy CF Harrison Bader from the St. Louis Cardinals for SP Jordan Montgomery. This was a move that was highly criticized on Twitter, but made perfect sense for the New York Yankees, Bader is an elite defensive CF, which is exactly what The Bronx Bombers need. Montgomery was just an inning-eater, who has a 3.69 ERA/3.91 FIP with 7.6 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9. He was honestly pretty replaceable.
The Miami Marlins will hopefully be in a position to do similar things, when we’re a contending team as well. The Bronx Bombers improved their rotation, bullpen and defense, which were all the areas that they needed to improve.