Preferences on MLB Trading Deadlines: Weirdest Trades, Most Developed Teams, GMs Who Shine and More

Have you caught your breath yet? This trade deadline did not disappoint. We waited and waited and waited for the moves, and then they came fast and furious.

numberIf the dust settles on the 2022 trade deadline and I share it My scores for all 30 teamsLet’s have fun with some deadline superlatives.

So here are my 39 picks for the best, the worst, and everything in between from this year’s trade season, starting with the blockbuster historical movie that captured the sport.


Best deal: The parents And the The Citizens. Best player ever traded on Deadline (John Soto) to get the best number of leads moved on the deadline. What more could you ask for?

worst trade: Angels. they traded closer, Rizel Iglesiaswho signed a four-year, $58 million deal last season, to brave for a man of average satisfaction (Jesse Chavez) and the sixth or seventh bowler for the winning team (Tucker Davidson).

Biggest Surprise Deal: The Yankees And the basicswho met in a deal immediately before the deadline who sent the start of the left hand Jordan Montgomery To St. Louis for the midfielder Harrison Baderfrom the list of injured.

strangest trade: The metswho traded J.D. DavisThomas Zabuki, Carson Seymour, Nick Zwak There is a reputation. Not sure why they had to give up four players for a faction force hitter with huge holes in the board.

Best Buyers: Padres, Yankees, sailorsAnd the AstrosAnd the twins And the Phyllisin that order.

Bestseller: citizens, reds And the Oriolesin that order.

Best Buyer and Seller (at the same time): no one. The red socks And the giants I tried to do this and failed.

Best standing job: The guardians. Yes, I gave them Low trading lead timeBut at least they held onto all their horizons. Cleveland’s future is bright.

Worst deed is standing pat: The white socks. I think they needed to add an attack or improve the promo crew to give this team a shock.

Best Traded Player: Soto. Here’s why.

Best pitchers traded: Louis Castle And the Frankie Montas.


The sailors went all out to land Luis Castillo. (Brad Benner/USA Today)

Best used analgesics: Josh Haderand Iglesias and Jorge Lopez.

Most circulating “under the radar attenuator”: Scott Evroswho went from Cubs for the Yankees.

Best suited assortment: Soto, who will eventually fall between Frando Tates Jr. and Mane Machado In Padres’ stacked squad, so teams won’t be able to get around him like they did when he was with Washington.

Worst positional fit: Tommy Fam with Boston. The Red Sox has Alex Verdugowho is the best position in the field, and JD Martinez is their DH. Fam is not fit defensively.

The power hitter who will benefit the most from the trade: right swiping Tree Manciniwho left spacious left field at Camden Yards for the comfortable boundary left at Minute Maid Park.

The pitcher who will benefit the most from the trade: Castillo, who no longer has to do half his start in Great American Small Park.

The teams that improved their defense the most: The Yankees, who had two Gold Glove players on the left field (Andrew Benintende) and field center (Badr), and the velies who added shortstop Edmund Sousa middle fielder Brandon March.

Teams that have improved their rotation and become the most: The Yankees, who landed Montas for their rotation and Le Trevino and Effross for their bull. Twins who added Tyler Mahley to alternate them and López and Michael Vollmer to their pulpines, and the philes (Noah SendergaardAnd the David RobertsonWell done too.

Most Innovative GM: Padres Chief of Baseball Operations AJ Preller, who has found a way to move Eric Hosmer To Boston after San Diego had to be substituted Luke Voigt in trade with citizens because Hosmer used the no-trade clause to nullify the original deal.

The GM who did the best job of rebuilding without having to trade Soto: Nick Krall of the Reds. My last appointment as the Reds GM in 2003 was that of Nick, who was a trainee with the A, as the baseball operations assistant. He made me proud of that deadline, especially as he executed important deals with Seattle and Minnesota, which put the Reds on the right track to rebuild their franchise.

Best Use of Unlimited Text Messages: General Motors Yankees Brian Cashman, who made four impressive acquisitions that put the Yankees in their best position to win a world championship since their last championship in 2009.

manager who Benefit more: Bob Melvin, who now has Soto, Josh BellAnd the Brandon Drury And Josh Hader at his disposal. Not very shabby.

Best contract extension: Brave, who fell the third man base Austin Riley for a 10-year club-friendly deal worth $212 million. Riley is one of the best right-handed power hitters in the game and is a complete player. This extension should also assist the Red Sox in their ongoing contract negotiations with their third baseman Raphael Devers.

Worst contract extension: The RockyWho extended the Savior Daniel Bard (2 years, $19 million) instead of being traded and then re-signed as a free agent after this season.

General Motors who asked for a lot in deals: Cubs head of baseball operations Jed Hoyer and General Motors Carter Hawkins. They missed an opportunity to take advantage when they couldn’t trade the All-Star Mask Wilson Contreraswho will be a free agent after this season.

A player who should have been traded but was not: Carlos Rodon. Judging by the returns the Reds have for Castillo and the best for Montas, the Giants may have lost important prospects to a Ramy they likely won’t be able to re-sign after this season, should he opt out as expected.

The player who was traded and who should not have been: Christian Vasquez. The Red Sox were stuck between buying and selling, but I think they were close enough in the wild card race that they needed to keep the Vazquez, given his value to the staff and their club.

Best job in getting other teams to pay players: Giants who were able to move Matthew Boyd for sailors and Trevor Rosenthal to me Brewer Although both players were injured.

Best early return: Drury, who hit a Grand Slam in his first hit with the Padres.

The team that caused the most damage to the morale of the club: The Red Sox, who had a captain Xander Bogarts Publicly unsure what his front desk was doing.

The team that did their best to improve the morale of the club: Padres – No further explanation needed.

Best player traded on IL: Bader, who suffers from plantar fasciitis in his right foot, is not close to returning.

Fastest player traded: Joseph Siriwho moved from the Astros to rays As part of a three-team trade that also included the Orioles. Siri ranks in the 100th percentile in sprint speed. He can fly.

Best Traded Fundamental Stealer: Wait Merryfieldwho went from Royals to me blue jays. Merrifield has 55 bases stolen in 62 attempts over the past two years.

Most frustrated player from deadline: Eric Hosmer, who was initially part of the Soto Group, approached the Citizens, but they were on a no-trade list and rejected the move. Then he was traded to the Red Sox. He didn’t want to leave San Diego.

Best Hairstyle Handled: It is a draw between Syndergaard and Bader.

Fan base that featured the most champagne: Seattle. For the first time in 21 years, they appear to be heading into the post-season following the acquisition of Castillo, who is arguably the best starting player ever traded.

Fan rules that heard crickets: White Sox (one trade), Guardians (one) and the Rockies (zero).

Well now I need your help. Please join in the fun and add to this superlative list in the comments section.

(Top photo of Juan Soto: Orlando Ramirez/USA Today)