Differentiating between “buyers” and “sellers” this 2017 non-waiver trade deadline is becoming crystal clear. East of the Mississippi the New York Mets, Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles have made pre-July 31st deadline deals today.
The Mets acquired reliever AJ Ramos from the Miami Marlins for a pair of prospects: Class A pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes. The Nationals acquired Howie Kendrick and cash considerations giving up minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. The Orioles swapped outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger for the Philadelphia Phillies starting right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
New York bolsters a pedestrian bullpen that has been inconsistent since the loss of Jeurys Familia to injury. The Mets would be in a much better Wild Card position had the back-end of their staff (bullpen ERA or 4.82) not blown 13 of 37 save opportunities this season.
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