MLB Trade Deadline Analysis

Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Yu Darvish and Tony Watson (Los Angeles Dodgers)
The Dodgers waited to the last minute on Monday before pulling the plug on acquiring the Japanese star, but right before the deadline they decided to trade for the all-star Texas pitcher.
Los Angeles waited in hopes that Texas would lower their asking price for Darvish, as he’s only under contract through the rest of the 2017 season, but eventually the Dodgers decided that this was the year that they’d go all in on winning a championship.
Darvish, who has struggled in July, will add a piece to Dodgers’ starting rotation that will make it inarguably the best in Major League Baseball.
With Clayton Kershaw leading the way, along with Rich Hill and Alex Wood, the Dodgers were loaded from the left side with starting pitching, but Darvish presents a dominant right hander as well.
Los Angeles’ bullpen is already the best in baseball, and after Wednesday they have another front-line starter to help get them the ball with a lead.
They also were able to add a solid option in left hander Tony Watson to go along with Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Brandon Morrow, Luis Avilan and Josh Fields.
Watson was having a good season for the Pirates, but his year had been below what most had come to expect out of him. If he’s able to return to form for the Dodgers, they most certainly will be the favorite to win the 2017 World Series.
Sonny Gray (New York Yankees)
The Athletics have been shopping Sonny Gray around at the deadline for what feels like forever. They finally let the Georgia native go this year, as he was traded to the Yankees mid-afternoon on Monday.
Gray is an excellent piece for the Bronx Bombers to work with, as they already have Luis Severino and C.C. Sabathia who have both pitched remarkably well as of late. Gray, a premier front-line starter, sures up the starting rotation and gives them a guy that can pitch deep into games.
The Yankees bullpen is the second best in baseball with flame-throwers Delin Betances and Aroldis Chapman closing games out, and Daniel Robertson pitching in middle relief. Gray gives them another guy that can get them the ball with a lead, which is essential come October.
Justin Wilson and Alex Avila (Chicago Cubs)
The Cubs bullpen needed some fine tuning, as they had put a lot of stress on their pen the first half of the year with the starters inability to pitch deep into games, and they did that on Wednesday by acquiring Justin Wilson.
Wilson, a former Detroit Tiger, was dynamite from the closer position this season, and will likely be the eighth inning guy when he puts on a Cubs jersey, as Chicago already has all-star Wade Davis closing games.
Wilson is a great get for the Cubs, who will likely draw the Nationals in the first round of the playoffs which features a ton of left-handed hitters.
The Cubs were also able to acquire Alex Avila, a catcher for the Tigers. Avilan has had a stellar year hitting right-handed pitching, and his presence will allow the Cubs to give catcher Wilson Contreras days off behind the plate.