Olivia Greene’s analysis
Team who won the trade deadline
It’s, honestly, a tie between the Red Sox and Yankees. They worked their butts off during July trade wise and made acquisitions needed to strengthen their respective teams. The Red Sox got a starter and two solid position players and even saw that the starter has already adjusted getting a win in his first appearance. The Yankees saw where the problem was and went right into pitching. Getting two starters and a reliever was great to add with the rotation and bullpen they already have. In the end, both teams got what they essentially desired and didn’t have spend an arm and a leg for it.
Who’s the team to beat in the NL?
The Colorado Rockies are in the top three as of now in the NL West, which would automatically make the team or in this case teams to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. That is, of course, true given how close the teams are right now, but if the Rockies fall too far down in the NL West, the next best thing is a Wild Card spot. When were talking about the NL Wild Card right now, they have to definitely pounce on the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves. There is still a chance for them to the win the NL West, but these would be the teams they’d have to beat and should be considered the biggest threat to the Rockies reaching contention.
How did the Rockies at the deadline?
The Colorado Rockies did the exact same thing they did in the offseason, but this time for less money. They went into the offseason with an actual layout of their needs and Jeff Bridich and the front office did just that. They created what was supposed to be the “super bullpen” and put quite a lot of money into just three relievers. They also added a mediocre position player in the offseason as well.
Fast forward to July and they’ve done the exact thing. The addition of Seunghwan Oh along with rumors of Greg Holland potentially getting a minor league deal is just a repeat of the past. Even with Matt Holliday getting signed to a minor league deal, it’s a repeat of another so so position player getting signed. It’s disappointing to see a team like the Rockies so close to contention not really go after players that can really help boost them.
The aggravating issue I have is the fact that they got these relievers in the offseason and still see it as a priority to stock pile them. This is a team with a lot of ambition though they’ve done nothing to really help themselves offensively. At least last year, they got a position player who was good and put up good numbers while there in Jonathan Lucroy. My grade would have to be a D or a F. They did made one trade, but it’s not really going towards a bigger goal just to extinguish the bullpen fire.