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AL East: Moving forward post-Trade Deadline

August 2, 2018

The 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline will be remembered as one of the more eventful in recent history, with no shortage of player movement, wild rumors and several teams who helped themselves significantly before the clock struck 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.With the contenders having been separated from the pretenders, the

The 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline will be remembered as one of the more eventful in recent history, with no shortage of player movement, wild rumors and several teams who helped themselves significantly before the clock struck 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
With the contenders having been separated from the pretenders, the five decision-makers in the American League East were able to accomplish plenty during their weeks leading up to the cutoff point. It's almost as fun to ponder this point: for every deal that was consummated, there were dozens of imaginative conversations that ran into dead ends.
"It's the nature of the beast," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It's all about negotiation. If there's some negotiation or wiggle room, you find it. You find that sweet spot and if there isn't and you're really in balance of evaluations, then you don't. There's a lot of coverage, a lot of eyes, a lot of sharing -- which is fine."
Here's how the non-waiver Trade Deadline changed the landscape of the AL East:
What they did at the Deadline: Traded LHP J.A. Happ to the Yankees for IF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney. … Traded RHP Seunghwan Oh to the Rockies for 1B Chad Spanberger, OF Forrest Wall and a player to be named or cash considerations. … Traded RHP Roberto Osuna to the Astros for RHPs Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez. … Traded RHP John Axford to the Dodgers for RHP Corey Copping. … Traded LHP Aaron Loup to the Phillies for RHP Jacob Waguespack.

What it tells us: The Blue Jays are entering a full rebuild after completing one of their biggest July sales in franchise history. The trades likely won't stop here, as Toronto will continue to explore the markets for Josh Donaldson, Marco Estrada, Tyler Clippard and Curtis Granderson.
What's the goal: The long-term goal is to develop the next wave of prospects. Most of those young players won't debut until early next season, but catcher Danny Jansen and right-hander Sean Reid-Foley are two top prospects who should be considered for a promotion before the end of the year.
Big question: Will Donaldson get healthy in time to be traded before the end of August? The third baseman hasn't played since the end of May because of a strained left calf muscle but he is expected to begin sprinting at some point this week. If he returns within the next couple of weeks, the Blue Jays will look to showcase him for a possible trade to a contender.
What they did at the Deadline: Traded SS Manny Machado to the Dodgers for 2B Breyvic Valera, OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer and 3B Rylan Bannon. … Traded LHP Zach Britton to the Yankees for RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Dillon Tate and LHP Josh Rogers. … Traded RHP Brad Brach to the Braves for international signing bonus slot money. … Traded RHP Kevin Gausman and RHP Darren O'Day to the Braves for RHP Evan Phillips, 3B Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland, LHP Bruce Zimmermann and $2.5 million in international slot money. … Traded 2B Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers for 2B Jonathan Villar, RHP Luis Ortiz and SS Jean Carmona.
What it tells us: The Orioles dealt six key players in July and are in full rebuild mode, netting 15 young players and prospects in return.

What's the goal: To strengthen and add depth to a Minor League farm system, become active again in the international market and to start a three-year rebuild back to contention.
Big question: Who's next? The Orioles will continue to gut their roster in August after the non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed. The expectation is you'll start to see young prospects like Cedric Mullins, Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart get a taste of the big leagues as the O's look to the future.
What they did at the Deadline: Traded RHP Chris Archer to the Pirates for OF Austin Meadows, RHP Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named. … Traded C Wilson Ramos to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash considerations. … Acquired OF Tommy Pham and international bonus pool money from the Cardinals in exchange for three Minor League prospects: OF Justin Williams, the Rays' No. 14 prospect; LHP Genesis Cabrera (No. 25) and RHP Roel Ramirez.

What it tells us: In the past, the Rays have gathered prospects, trying to bring into the organization as much talent as possible. Now they are making trades that address needs at the Major League level, which means the Rays believe they are close to being a contender in the AL East.
What's the goal: They hope to sync the recently acquired players with their young core to build a sustainable, competitive squad.
Big question: Whether they traded for the right prospects. Making the jump from Triple-A to the Major Leagues is the most dramatic jump in the sport, and it's rare when all of a team's young talent pans out.
What they did at the Deadline: Acquired RHP Nathan Eovaldi from the Rays for LHP Jalen Beeks. … Acquired 2B Ian Kinsler and cash from the Angels for RHP Ty Buttrey and LHP Williams Jerez.
What it tells us: The nature of the moves by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was an indication of how confident he is in a club that has owned the best record in MLB for most of the season. While Dombrowski was determined to make some tweaks to his strong team, he wasn't going to disrupt a core that has played well together all season.

What's the goal: The Red Sox are all in on winning the World Series this year. With closer Craig Kimbrel in the last year of his contract and Chris Sale's deal up at the end of 2019, the case can be made that this is the best roster the Red Sox will have in the next few years.
Big question: Dombrowski has undergone some scrutiny in the last couple of days for not adding any arms to the bullpen. This will put more pressure on Matt Barnes, Tyler Thornburg, Ryan Brasier and Joe Kelly to prove Dombrowski right that the bullpen is good enough as is. It will be interesting to see if any current starters make an impact in the bullpen in October like David Price did last year. Eduardo Rodriguez and Eovaldi are definitely candidates this season.
What they did at the Deadline: Acquired Britton from the Orioles for Carroll, Tate and Rogers. … Acquired Happ from the Blue Jays for Drury and McKinney. … Traded LHP Caleb Frare to the White Sox for international bonus pool money. … Acquired 1B Luke Voit and international bonus pool money from the Cardinals for LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP Giovanny Gallegos. … Acquired RHP Lance Lynn and cash considerations from the Twins for 1B Christopher Austin and RHP Luis Rijo. … Traded RHP Adam Warren to the Mariners for international bonus pool money.
What it tells us: Cashman believes the Yankees' moves have improved the club for both the short term and the long term, in particular addressing their pitching needs while boosting the coffers for international scouting director Donny Rowland to pursue talent aggressively.

What's the goal: On pace for a 100-plus win season, the Yankees have their sights set upon the top spot in the AL East. They hope their reinforcements can help to close the gap on an impressive Boston club.
Big question: Cashman tried without success to add a bat to assist while Aaron Judge mends a fractured right wrist. Will Judge and Gary Sanchez return from injuries to be the impact players that the Yankees are counting on? Judge is expected to swing the bat in a game situation in mid-August, while Sanchez's return is targeted for late August or early September.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.