The Winners of the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Derby

The Toronto Blue Jays recent odds movement at most offshore and online sportsbooks is a direct reflection of the media coverage of last week’s Trade Deadline headlines and coverage, primarily on ESPN. There won’t be many who will argue or deny the star power acquired by the Jays the past week would assume that Toronto was the easy winners of the 2015 Trade Deadline Bracket Challenge.

In truth whomever the media or website journalist claim to be the winners and losers of the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Derby the final grades will come at the end of September when the Major League Baseball playoff brackets are official.

However, prognosticating which teams took a step forward and which took a step back is inevitable before the truth is actually known, the first week in October, but it doesn’t stop WagerTalk from reviewing “The winners of the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Derby”

LOS ANGELES DODGERS
While the Dodgers were one of the last teams to make a move in the trade deadline market they arguably made the most significant number of moves, ones the WagerTalk staff graded with quality rather than quantity. The Boys in Blue added four good arms to their pitching staff that included Mat Latos and his 3.35 FIP, a young lefty in Alex Wood and his stellar 3.10 ERA the past three seasons and signed, sealed and delivered to Orange County bullpen assistance in Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan.

HOUSTON ASTROS
A year ago at about this same time in August we called the Houston Astros “The AL West Team of the Future”. What we didn’t expect was that to happen so quickly. Most baseball pundits will argue that the Astros are not only overachieving in 2015 but that it is unlikely they will survive September and hold off the Los Angeles Angels for the division crown. However, the addition of former All Star CF Carlos Gomez and left-handed starter Scott Kazmir, along with a current 4 game lead over the LA Angels in the AL West with less than 60 games to play make the Astros as big a winner in the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Derby as the Dodgers. Despite the fact that the Astros gave up a ton of farm talent Gomez is a huge improvement over Jake Marisnick and the addition of Kazmir override the pedestrian acquisition of Mike Fiers.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS
The Royals continue to rest their World Series title hopes on defense and bullpen superiority. The Royals starting current ranks as the 20th club overall in team ERA. The addition of Johnny Queto to the likes of Edinson Volquez, Yorano Ventura, Danny Duffy and aberration Chris Young makes the rotation better and adds a top talent to the playoff three that the Royals will eventually decide on. Cueto gives the Royals a completely different look and the position addition of Ben Zobrist adds power and WAR value to the team with the best record in the American League.

NEW YORK METS
The addition of offense in the Big Apple means everything to Mets’ fans. Yoenis Cespedes is just what the doctor ordered for the Queens organization. While Cespedes is now the best hitter in a below average lineup he and newly acquired Juan Uribe with bullpen help in Tyler Clippard make the Mets challengers in the National League East. Don’t believe us? Just ask the Washington Nationals who were swept by the current roster of Miracles playing in new Shea Stadium.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The addition of Tulo and Price gives the Blue Jays a “Winner” tag in the 2015 Trade Deadline Derby Challenge. Toronto has now moved from being a Wild Card threat to an AL East division title contender. As much as the Jays needed lefty David Price to bolster a pedestrian rotation it was Troy Tulowitzki addition that offered the best overall upgrade, giving the club more offensive and defensive stability.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
The fact that the Giants have three World Championships this past decade is enough to add them to this list. San Francisco is one team that has a history of making value trade deadline moves. Mike Leake is in top form and his 1.25 ERA this month makes the Giants a threat to the Dodgers in the West. One of the league’s best lefties, Madison Bumgarner, is a threat on the mound and at the plate and there are more than a handful of respected baseball pundits that believe this Giants organization might have the best rotation depth in baseball.

Odds to win the 2015 World Series provided by Bovada Online Sportsbook
Team
Odds on 7/17/15
Current Odds

Kansas City Royals
6/1
9/2

Los Angeles Dodgers
17/2
7/1

St. Louis Cardinals
8/1
8/1

New York Yankees
16/1
10/1

Toronto Blue Jays
25/1
10/1

Washington Nationals
8/1
10/1

Houston Astros
16/1
12/1

San Francisco Giants
14/1
12/1

Los Angeles Angels
14/1
14/1

New York Mets
33/1
14/1

Chicago Cubs
14/1
16/1

Pittsburgh Pirates
10/1
16/1

Minnesota Twins
25/1
33/1

Baltimore Orioles
25/1
40/1

Detroit Tigers
25/1
40/1

San Diego Padres
50/1
50/1

Tampa Bay Rays
33/1
50/1

Boston Red Sox
25/1
66/1

Chicago White Sox
50/1
66/1

Cleveland Indians
40/1
66/1

Texas Rangers
33/1
66/1

Arizona Diamondbacks
100/1
100/1

Seattle Mariners
50/1
100/1

Atlanta Braves
75/1
200/1

Oakland Athletics
50/1
200/1

Cincinnati Reds
150/1
300/1

Colorado Rockies
300/1
500/1

Miami Marlins
150/1
500/1

Milwaukee Brewers
500/1
500/1

Philadelphia Phillies
1000/1
1000/1

 

Pennant Odds
Odds to win the 2015 AL Championship
Kansas City Royals
2/1

New York Yankees
11/2

Toronto Blue Jays
11/2

Houston Astros
13/2

Los Angeles Angels
7/1

Minnesota Twins
16/1

Baltimore Orioles
18/1

Detroit Tigers
20/1

Tampa Bay Rays
25/1

Boston Red Sox
33/1

Chicago White Sox
33/1

Cleveland Indians
33/1

Texas Rangers
33/1

Oakland Athletics
75/1

Seattle Mariners
40/1

 

Odds to win the 2015 NL Championship
Los Angeles Dodgers
3/1

St. Louis Cardinals
13/4

Washington Nationals
9/2

San Francisco Giants
11/2

New York Mets
7/1

Chicago Cubs
8/1

Pittsburgh Pirates
8/1

San Diego Padres
28/1

Arizona Diamondbacks
50/1

Atlanta Braves
100/1

Cincinnati Reds
150/1

Colorado Rockies
250/1

Miami Marlins
250/1

Milwaukee Brewers
250/1

Philadelphia Phillies
500/1

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