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The passing of the MLB trade deadline without waivers at 4 p.m. Monday begins the baseball version of continental drift. By the end of the season, we will see vast oceans of separation between playoff contenders and pretenders.

Some teams loaded up in July. Some gave up.

The Blue Jays slipped into neutral http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/russell-martin-jersey-c-13.html, and are now selling fans the dream of 2018 after just two trades that gave away the front office philosophy for the final 57 games of 2017 Tread water, baby.

On deadline day, they traded two players on expiring contracts.

Fourth starter Francisco Liriano went to the Houston Astros for Japanese outfielder Nori Aoki — the Asian equivalent of Zeke Carrera, only with a little more base stealing ability and a better glove — plus minor league outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, in his seventh minor league season with one brief shot at The Show in 2016. Hernandez has been moved into the No. 5 spot among Jays’ prospects.

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The second trade of the day saw classy right handed setup man Joe Smith head to the Cleveland Indians for a pair of minor leaguers left hander Thomas Pannone, now ranked No. 21 in the farm system Edwin Encarnacion Jersey, and young shortstop Samad Taylor.

The fact is, the Jays can sell both trades to their fans as investments in the future, without giving away 2018. Smith and Liriano were both on expiring deals, and the Jays bullpen has developed into an unexpectedly deep group, especially in the setup role. That’s good, because the Jays have already jacked prices for season tickets in ’18 and that has not gone over well with many subscribers.
In any event, here is one man’s view of the five winners and five losers in Major League Baseball — not just on trade deadline day, but for the roster building month of July.

The winners

1. Yankees The Bronx Bombers had already improved themselves earlier in the month http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/josh-thole-jersey-c-14.html, trading prospects to the White Sox for third baseman Todd Frazier and two bullpen studs, Dave Robertson and century throwing Tommy Kahnle. Then they added established starter Jaime Garcia and, as the deadline approached, A’s right hander Sonny Gray. These guys are acting like your father’s Yankees.

2. Royals The hottest team in the American League has roared back to sit two games behind the Indians in the Central. They added left fielder Melky Cabrera from the White Sox and a trio of useful pitchers in Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer from the Padres. This is their last chance with this group.

3. Dodgers This franchise makes a habit of going all in. On deadline day they grabbed two effective left handed relievers to give manager Dave Roberts some matchup flexibility, then starter Yu Darvish from the Rangers to go from great to awesome.

4. Cubs The Series champs struggled early in the year, but are another team that has been re establishing itself as time goes on. They had a 2 1/2 game lead in the NL Central before adding catcher Alex Avila and dominant lefty Justin Wilson from the Detroit Tigers. Earlier in July, the Cubs added lefty starter Jose Quintana from the crosstown White Sox.

5. Nationals The Nats were loaded in most categories, but were struggling badly in the bullpen — while relief strength has been the recent blueprint for post season success. They reached out earlier in July to add A’s relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, then on deadline day grabbed all star closer Brandon Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins.

There are about 15 teams, including the Blue Jays, that stayed close to the status quo — either because they were trying but failed to add at the deadline, or because they are looking ahead to 2018 and don’t want to appear like they are surrendering.

The losers

1. White Sox Sure, they are building the best farm system in baseball by trading away all their stars, but the Cubs own this city and it’s a problem.

2. Astros Everyone talked about the rotation and the improvements they needed. All they did was add Liriano as a reliever from the Jays. Even though they have a 16 game division lead, this is about October.

3. Rangers The other team in Texas has waved the white flag moreso than the Jays. They traded Darvish to the Dodgers and catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Colorado Rockies, as well as Jeremy Jeffress to the Milwaukee Brewers, and clearly are pointing to 2018.

4. Indians Even though Cleveland has a lead in the Central, they were in on Darvish and others in an attempt to create an elite top three in the rotation, but were only able to add Jays reliever Joe Smith to an already loaded bullpen.

5. A’s Okay http://www.jaysfanaticsjersey.com/pat-venditte-jersey-c-12.html, this is business as usual for small budget Oakland, but after dumping much of the bullpen and then Gray, their ace, it seems that for general manager Billy Beane “wait until next year” never comes.


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