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2022 MLB trade season: Padres take center stage, Astros make effective moves

Teams have just completed strengthening their lineups in preparation for August and September playoff runs after the 2022 Major League Baseball trade deadline at 6 PM ET Tuesday.

A blockbuster deal took place between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres early Tuesday, which included star outfielder Juan Soto being traded to the Padres alongside first-baseman Josh Bell. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros made fewer moves than the other teams, but they landed some good ones.

These are only two highlights of the 2022 MLB trade season. The last week in baseball was wild, but here are the three winners and three losers.

Winners

San Diego Padres

The Padres pulled off the biggest trade of all, acquiring Soto and Bell for six prospects. In addition, the Padres landed Milwaukee Brewers star reliever Josh Hader on Monday.

It is unknown how long Soto will stay in San Diego until he signs a long-term deal. Soto could be the key to bolstering a roster that already includes Tatis Jr. and Machado.

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American League’s top teams

The Houston Astros and New York Yankees strived to outdo one another in the standings and competed at the deadline.

With the signing of Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals, the Yankees got off to a strong start. From the Oakland Athletics, they obtained Frankie Montas as a starter and reliever Lou Trivino.

Although the Astros carried out fewer moves than the Yankees, some of them were smart moves. The Astros acquired Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles and catcher Christian Vázquez from the Boston Red Sox.

Minnesota Twins

Closer Jorge López was acquired from the Orioles by Minnesota, who are leading in the AL Central. López was one of three key pitchers. Along with him, the Twins brought in starter Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds and reliever Michael Fulmer from the Detroit Tigers.

Their deadline moves show they are committed to competing in October, even though they are still way behind the other two AL division leaders.

Losers

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For Nationals fans, losing Soto is a huge blow. Soto joined Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, and Trea Turner, who have all left Washington’s 2019 World Series squad. In addition, last year the Nats allowed Bryce Harper to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, their division rival.

The Orioles also dealt two key contributors about 40 miles northeast. The team traded their long-time player Mancini to Houston and López to Minnesota.

National League’s top team

On deadline day, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a four-game lead over the rest of the National League. Despite the Dodgers’ success, some other contenders were able to catch up due to the team’s sluggish deadline.

After adding Soto, Bell, and Hader to their roster, the Padres put the league on notice. The New York Mets, who lead the NL East, also brought in several players to complete their rosters. There was only one notable addition to the Dodgers’ roster, Joey Gallo. In 233 at-bats this season, the former Yankee outfielder has batted .159 and struck out 106 times.

Boston Red Sox

At the deadline, it seemed as though the 52-52 Red Sox would be sellers since they lost their starting catcher Vázquez. The acquisition of Reese McGuire, Tommy Pham, and Eric Hosmer gave them an edge back into buyer’s territory.

All-Star J.D. Martinez remained with the team until the deadline. Martinez will be a free agent after this season, however. As for retaining their other two All-Stars, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, Boston hasn’t made much progress.

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team based in San Diego. The Padres compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division. (wikipedia)

Juan Soto

Juan José Soto Pacheco , nicknamed “Childish Bambino”, is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball . (wikipedia)

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