Winners And Losers of the MLB Trade Deadline

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 31: Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 31: Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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2019 MLB Trade Deadline

Loser: St. Louis Cardinals

Up one game in the NL Central over the Cubs going into the deadline, the Cardinals elected to do nothing to strengthen their position, while the Cubs made a few moves the most notable of those being the acquisition of Nicholas Castellanos and his league-leading 37 doubles.

The Cardinals are in dire need of another starter to replace the uninspiring tandem of Michael Wacha and Daniel Ponce De Leon in the fifth rotation spot. Or if they are truly comfortable with those two another bullpen arm to make an already good unit dominant would have been a smart move.

But instead, the Cardinals are choosing to soldier on with their current team.

Now there is something to be said for the front office not wanting to part with Dylan Carlson and Nolan Gorman, their two prospects with the most potential, which would have kept them out of any talks for Syndergaard or Greinke or Bauer.

But they could have still swung a deal for Zack Wheeler or Mark Melancon, someone in that second or third tier. Yet they still didn’t.

So now they must hope that their stars like Paul Goldschmidt and Miles Mikolas will stay hot, that Marcell Ozuna can still be the power source he was before hitting the IL and that some of their struggling players like Paul DeJong will pull it together.

Bonus Winners: Cubs, for reasons stated above