This season is the first season where there was only one deadline for trading opportunities, just July 31st with no August waiver deadline.
None of the big names that might have been moved were moved. Noah Syndergaard stayed a New York Met, Madison Bumgarner remains a Giant, and Felipe Vasquez will be a Pirate for at least the rest of the year.
The Dodgers, who are known to keep their prospects, felt that the asking price for Vasquez was too high. Pittsburgh was asking for at least one of Dustin May or Gavin Lux, along with other high prospects and perhaps a major league player.
The Dodgers made a few moves at the end of the trade deadline Wednesday, but nothing anywhere close to what Dodger fans were expecting.
As most fans were busy refreshing their social media feeds for news of the Dodgers possibly acquiring a relief pitcher, the news came that Los Angeles had traded for Jedd Gyorko of the St Louis Cardinals. Gyorko, 30, is a right handed utility infielder who is currently on the 60-Day IL. He started the season on the IL with a calf strain, and is currently close to coming off the IL after dealing with a low back strain. The Dodgers will not have to place him on the 40-man roster until he is reinstated from the IL.
Jedd has a career slash line of .246/.310/.735 with 112 home runs and the 107 doubles. He has a career WAR of 10.9.
Starter Brock Stewart was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, so that clears a spot on the 40-man rotation.
The Dodgers did end up getting a lefty reliever, and it was not announced until after the deadline. They traded Niko Hulsizer to the Tampa Bay Rays for Adam Kolarek. So far this season for the Rays, Kolarek is 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.223 WHIP, 4.54 FIP and is averaging 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Kolarek is very good against lefties, as they are only hitting .187 against him this season. In his last 15 games, he has an ERA of 2.40 and 16 strikeouts over 15 innings. He will be under team control through 2025.
The New York Yankees did not make any big upgrades at starting pitching, but the Houston Astros did. Their biggest move was to trade for former Dodger Zack Greinke, and that move could put them ahead of the Yankees as favorites to come out of the AL for the World Series. This writer cannot the thought of a rematch against the Astros but will worry about that at a different time.
While most fans were hoping that the Dodgers would go all in and get that splashy trade of a high end reliever, the front office has once again decided that holding their prospects was more prudent at the moment. Whether that works for them or not is still to be decided.