Dodgers plugged holes
Los Angeles Times
While the Angels landing former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke filled a much-needed gap in their effort to win the AL West, the Dodgers stand as the trade-deadline winner by plugging so many holes.
In addition to their acquisition last week of five-tool infielder Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles added a proven big-league closer in Brandon League to help protect late leads and proven October pressure player Shane Victorino to further fuel the batting order.
Consolation prizes go to Texas for getting pitcher Ryan Dempster and catcher Geovany Soto, and Milwaukee for landing key prospects Jean Segura and Ariel Pena in the Greinke swap.
Where were the A's?
Dodgers did best; A's could have used boost.
No team made a better series of moves to win now than the Dodgers. In acquiring Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins last week and Shane Victorino from the Phillies on Tuesday, they boosted spots in their lineup that had produced below the league average. Brandon League could also give their bullpen help, though he has struggled with his command this season.
The cash-strapped A's, meanwhile, did nothing to improve an offense that began Tuesday ranked last in the American League in runs scored with 414. Oakland has the stingiest pitching staff in the AL, but it's going to need it to continue dominating because of the team's offensive shortcomings.
Nats didn't do enough
You have to wait and see how these prospects develop before truly assessing who won and lost, but it's clear the Dodgers got better over the past week.
Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino give a significant boost to an offense that badly needed one. Reliever Brandon League will give LA another big arm in its bullpen.
San Francisco was also active, which made it that much more important for the Dodgers to do what they did as they try to turn the page from the McCourt era with a pennant chase.
The Nationals are the team that probably didn't do enough. If you're planning to shut down your ace pitcher before the end of the season, don't you need to go after somebody to defray that loss?
White Sox shopped early
White Sox GM Ken Williams must have had a nice time watching other executives sweat and squirm at the trade deadline. By acquiring Kevin Youkilis in June and then Brett Myers and Francisco Liriano well before the deadline, he was like the guy who has his holiday shopping done at Thanksgiving.
Then there are the Rays. They left a key piece for now and the future on the table in Alfonso Soriano. It's possible that Soriano wouldn't waive his no-trade rights to play in Tropicana Field, but he's the perfect part for that team and the Cubs could have provided upgrades elsewhere had Andrew Friedman engaged them in talks.
They felt they were set with Ryan Roberts. Tough to understand that.