The 2018 MLB non-waiver trade deadline has passed and quite a few trades were made. There were some big names moved, along with lesser names moved for the sake of depth. There were also some surprising trades that no one saw coming. Contending teams addressed holes on their rosters to help make a playoff push/deep playoff run, while teams that were selling added players for the future. Here's a list of this year's winners and losers.


New York Yankees

The Yankees are obvious winners for a multitude of reasons. Their biggest need was starting pitching and they addressed that by acquiring two players.

They got J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn as Happ was an all-star this season. Happ made his Yankees debut on Sunday when he went six innings, striking out two and only giving up a run. The Yankees added Zach Britton to an already formidable bullpen. Britton was an elite closer with the Orioles and garnered Cy Young consideration in 2016 when he saved 47 games with a 0.54 ERA. Britton missed quite a bit of time this season with an injury but has pitched well since he has returned. The Yankees got all of these guys without having to part ways with any of their top prospects like Frazier, Sheffield, Adams, Florial, and others. A+ for Brian Cashman.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates weren't expected to be buyers at the beginning of the season as they're in a tough NL Central that features the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals.

They also traded away Gerrit Cole and McCutchen in the off-season. Now, they're ahead of the Cardinals in the standings and remain four games back of a wild-card spot which is partly thanks to a recent 11-game winning streak that was snapped a few days ago. Pirates GM Neal Huntington made one of the biggest splashes and acquired Chris Archer.

Huntington tried to acquire him since 2007. Archer improves the Pirates rotation a ton and creates a nice 1-2 punch with him and Jameson Taillon.

The Pirates also acquired Keone Kela from the Rangers which improves their bullpen a lot and makes a nice bridge to set up all-star closer Felipe Vazquez. As the closer of the Rangers before the trade, Kela was 24 for 25 in save opportunities with an opponent average of .206 and averages 97 MPH with his fastball.

The only downside of making those trades was parting ways with top prospects Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow which could come back to bite them in the future depending on how both the Pirates and those two players do.

Arizona Diamondbacks

At last year's deadline, the Diamondbacks struck gold with J.D. Martinez and they're hoping that they strike gold again with Eduardo Escobar. Escobar leads the league in doubles with 38 and is slashing .276/.339/.511 in 100 games so far this season. The Diamondbacks also reunited with Ziegler who pitched with the team from 2011-2016. Ziegler got off to a rough start with the Marlins but has been much better since he was stripped of being the closer. The Diamondbacks also got another left-handed reliever in Jake Diekman who only had to switch clubhouses since the Rangers were in town when he got traded.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are probably the biggest winners of the trade deadline. They got the hottest name available in Manny Machado just after the all-star game. So far this season, Machado slashed .309/.388/.557 with 26 home runs and 70 runs batted in. They didn't stop there as they also got Brian Dozier who is having a down year this season. However, he received MVP votes in the past three seasons. Their bullpen was depleted with injuries this season and they don't have much behind Jansen, so they went out and acquired John Axford who will be used as bullpen depth.

Seattle Mariners

Jerry DiPoto was at it again by making trades to change his team. Currently tied for the second wild-card spot, the Mariners are looking to snap a 17-year playoff drought.

Mariners acquired a trio of relief pitchers in Sam Tuivailala, Adam Warren, and Zach Duke. In 24 games with the Yankees, Warren put up a 2.30 ERA in 30 innings while Duke gives the Mariners a third left-handed pitcher in their bullpen. Another addition was the acquisition of Maybin. Maybin brings the Mariners a fantastic defensive outfielder as well as speed to an already fast Mariners team. Maybin could find himself playing every day at center field or could be used off the bench as a defensive replacement or pinch runner.

Minnesota Twins

Last season, the Twins surprisingly clinched a wild-card spot after losing over 100 games the previous season. Due to their surprise playoff appearance last season, the front office decided to buy to try and compete for another playoff spot this season.

With a 49-58 record, the Twins found themselves being sellers at the deadline and they did a fantastic job selling players on expiring contracts. They were able to trade all of Escobar, Lynn, Duke, and Dozier who were set to become free agents at the end of the season. Instead of them walking away for nothing, they were able to acquire future pieces. They still have guys like Santana, Rodney, and Morrison on expiring contracts and may be able to trade them during the August waiver trade deadline.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies weren't expected to be a contending team just yet but they are currently the leaders in the NL East. The Phillies went out and improved their team by getting a trio of players that will help them stay in contention.

They acquired Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets who is a much better player than Kingery and J.P. Crawford, and should be the starting shortstop for the rest of the season. They also acquired all-star catcher Wilson Ramos who is currently on the disabled list but is one of the best catchers in the game when healthy. Ramos is slashing .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 runs batted in over 78 games. They also added Loup to their bullpen who is currently posting the highest strikeout percentage of his career.


Detroit Tigers

Everyone knew the Tigers were going to be a bad team heading into the season. They brought in players on one-year contracts with the hope of flipping them at the deadline for future assets.

They were able to flip Leonys Martin to the Indians for their eighth best prospect but it remains a question as to why some guys are still on the team. They still have Liriano, Fiers, and Iglesias who are all free agents at the end of the season. They could trade them in August but the return will be minimal. They could have also traded Matt Boyd who was rumored to be interested in a trade with the Mariners. Now was a great time to trade Boyd who is having the best season of his career and is controllable through the 2022 season, which would maximize the return.

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds have been rebuilding for the past few years and they're rebuilding again. They had a couple of players they could have traded but they didn't.

They had some attractive bullpen arms in Jared Hughes and David Hernandez but they failed to move either of them. They also have Matt Harvey who has been better since he came over to the Reds in a trade and he still remains with the team. If Harvey continues to do well this month, they will probably be able to move him via waivers. However, the return will be minimal as the team that gets him will only be able to use him for one month since he is a free agent at the end of the season.

New York Mets

After a forgettable season last year, the Mets went in as buyers in the off-season to try and put that season behind them. After a hot start to the season, the Mets are in another forgettable season and they didn't do so well at the deadline.

The Mets have Bautista and Mesoraco on expiring contracts but they failed to move either of them. The Mets wouldn't just simply give Bautista away if they don't like the offer but they should have moved him. This was even if it was for international bonus pool money due to his age and the fact that they really wouldn't be able to get much for him. To make things worse, the Mets lost 25-4 the same day they failed to trade anyone. What a horrible year it has been in Queens!

San Diego Padres

With not many starting pitchers available for trade, the Padres had two starters they could have traded to contending teams but they failed to move either of them. They failed to move Clayton Richard who by no means is good, but is a solid back-end or rotational depth option for a contender.

They also have Tyson Ross, who's having a comeback year, but failed to move him as well. With bullpen pitchers in high demand, they had the opportunity to move breakout pitcher Craig Stammen who's under contract for one more year. In 47 games, he has a 2.58 ERA and has only given up one home run in 52 1/3 innings pitched. With his performance and control, the Padres could have possibly landed a good prospect for him.