October 7, 2022

Well, that was wild. Congratulations on making it to the other side of the trade deadline—after the biggest deal in recent memory and a bunch of others. Here’s a rundown of who won, who lost, and who fell somewhere in the middle:


San Diego Padres

They added a generational talent in his prime (Juan Soto), a serious rental bat (Josh Bell), an elite closer (Josh Hunter) and a qualitative assistant (Brandon Drury). They moved too Eric Hosmer (although he needs to eat most of his salary). Yes, that required them to give up most of their top prospects, as well as their first baseman Luke Voight and comforting Taylor Rogers. But that’s what it takes to get a player with Soto’s proven track record—who, it’s worth repeating, is still just 23 years old with two full seasons under team control. Simply put, San Diego is much better today than it was yesterday. An offense that was previously just okay now seems terrifying. They have enough depth to make some noise in October. Is it enough to win the division? Probably not. But that says more about the lead the Dodgers have built in the NL West than it does Padres. It’s certainly enough to make this team much more competitive in the stadium and the playoffs. (Also, it’s worth noting that they managed to stick some of their top prospects: catcher Luis Campusano and shortstop Jackson Merrill are still here.) And oh yeah, they also extended Joe Musgrove. What a week for AJ Preller.

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