By: Kyle May
After the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, players can still be traded if they clear waivers. However, if a player is acquired in September, they are ineligible to play in the postseason. Therefore, a few key trades were made as August comes to a close.
Mets Acquire Addison Reed From Diamondbacks
Addison Reed should help strengthen the Mets’ bullpen depth. Expect him to slot in as the Mets’ 7th inning man with Clippard manning the 8th inning and Familia manning the 9th inning.
The Mets gave up Matt Koch and Miller Diaz to acquire Reed. Since being recalled on July 29, Addison Reed has posted a phenomenal 1.65 ERA.
Cubs Acquire Austin Jackson From Mariners
According to Jon Heyman, the Mariners got a player to be named later and a $211,100 international signing slot. The Cubs will reportedly cover the $1MM of Jackson’s remaining salary. The Mariners will pay the $430K or so of obligations otherwise left on his deal.
Jackson will likely see playing time immediately with Jorge Soler on the DL. He may also be used as a platoon option or as a defensive replacement late in games due to his speed.
Royals Acquire Jonny Gomes From Braves
Ken Rosenthal was the first to report that the Braves dealt Jonny Gomes to the Royals. The Royals receive cash considerations in addition to Gomes, while giving up minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela.
The Braves signed Gomes to a 1-year, $4MM deal last offseason.
This move is likely geared towards the Royals’ playoffs focus. Gomes hits left-handed pitching exceptionally well, and should excel against guys like David Price, Dallas Keuchel, and Cole Hamels, should the Royals face one of them.