The Trade Deadline is now in our rearview mirror, however boy did it not disappoint. A grand complete of 47 ranked prospects modified groups in and across the Deadline, many in a flurry of exercise within the waning minutes.
Many of these trades concerned bundles of prospects, and that bought us at MLB Pipeline pondering how these packages stack up in opposition to earlier prospect returns in trades over time. While the choices behind trades on the Deadline would possibly differ from these made within the offseason, it is nonetheless a enjoyable train to rank the highest prospect hauls we have ever seen. Here’s our high 10, based mostly on the excitement it created on the time of the trade and never utilizing hindsight to see how prospects dealt way back turned out.
1. Aug. 2, 2022: Nationals get MacKenzie Gore, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood, Jarlin Susana from Padres (Juan Soto, Josh Bell)
Maybe just a little recency bias right here, but it surely’s onerous to provide you with a much bigger (or youthful) celebrity and a much bigger return. Gore and Abrams are not prospects, however each have been near the highest of our Top 100, whereas Hassell and Wood are at present on the listing.
2. July 31, 2007: Rangers get Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Beau Jones, Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Braves (Mark Teixeira)
Teixeira netted 4 prospects that had been on, or ultimately landed on high prospect lists. We solely did Top 50s in 2007, however Andrus was on it and ultimately would climb into the highest 25. Baseball America did Top 100 lists again then and Harrison was on its 2007 listing, as was Saltalamacchia (he was additionally in our Top 50). Feliz would climb into our high 10 in 2009 and 2010, first showing in BA’s Top 100 in 2008.
3. Dec. 6, 2016: White Sox get Yoán Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz from Red Sox (Chris Sale)
This belongs on the listing solely due to Moncada’s presence within the trade. He was the No. 1 prospect in baseball on the time, and it marked the primary time in 25 years the No. 1 man had been included in a trade. Adding the flame-throwing Kopech, who was additionally a Top 100 prospect, was simply icing on the cake.
Nov 4 24, 2005: Marlins get Hanley Ramirez, Aníbal Sánchez, Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia from Red Sox (Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell)
Ramirez was in our high 25 each earlier than the 2005 season (pre-trade) and after the trade heading into 2006 (BA had him high 10 in 2005). Sánchez could have appeared like an afterthought, however he climbed to No. 43 in our Top 50 heading into 2006.
5. June 27, 2002: Cleveland will get Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, Lee Stevens from Expos (Bartolo Colon, Tim Drew)
The first of two trades on this listing involving Lee, this was when he was one of many higher left-handed pitching prospects within the sport. This was earlier than we did rankings, however Lee got here in at No. 30 on BA’s Top 100 previous to the 2003 season (post-trade). Phillips is the one participant who was a ranked prospect that yr, in BA’s high 20 coming into the 2002 season. Sizemore would go on to be a high 10 prospect for us in 2004.
6. July 29, 2009: Cleveland will get Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Lou Marson, Jason Donald from the Phillies (Cliff Lee, Ben Francisco)
This is the second Lee deal, this time with him being the large leaguer deal to a contender. Cleveland bought 4 prospects who all had been on or can be on a Top 100 rankings in 2009 or 2010. Carrasco was the headliner, at No. 28 in our Top 50 in 2009, whereas Marson was at No. 43. Donald was BA’s No. 60 prospect heading into that season, whereas Knapp would present up at No. 64 on BA’s Top 100 at first of 2010.
7. July 30, 2022: Reds get Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt, Andrew Moore from Mariners (Luis Castillo)
The different entrant from this yr’s Trade Deadline to make the highest 10, the Reds bought a pair of Top 100 prospects in Marte, one of many sport’s most enjoyable younger gamers, and Arroyo, who has the prospect to play shortstop for a really very long time . Add in Stoudt and that is three of the seven new members of their Top 30 the Reds introduced in through trades.
8. July 13, 2017: White Sox get Eloy Jiménez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose, Bryant Flete from Cubs (José Quintana)
A crosstown trade was a continuation of the White Sox rebuilding effort on the heels of a December 2016 trade talked about beneath. Jimenez was our No. 14 prospect to kick off the 2017 season and can be in our high 4 in 2018 and 2019. Cease was No. 77 in ’17, topping out at No. 21 in ’19.
9 Dec. 9, 2012: Rays get Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, Patrick Leonard from Royals (James Shields)
Myers reveals up twice on right here, this time as a prospect, and among the finest in baseball. He was No. 3 total on our listing, however this deal was additionally thrilling as a result of Montgomery was our No. 31 prospect in 2012 and Odorizzi was No. 47 that yr.
10. July 31, 2015: Phillies get Jake Thompson, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Alec Asher, Jared Eickhoff, Matt Harrison from Rangers (Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman)
The sheer quantity of names on this trade makes it actually stand out, however there was high quality, not simply amount right here. Alfaro was among the finest catching prospects within the sport, ranked No. 45 on our Top 100 heading into 2015. Thompson cracked our Top 100 in 2015 and Williams can be No. 64 on our listing in 2016
Dec. 7, 2016: White Sox get Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo López, Dane Dunning from Nationals (Adam Eaton)
Dec. 6, 1989: Cleveland will get Sandy Alomar and Carlos Baerga from Padres (Joe Carter)
Dec 16, 2009: Blue Jays get Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Taylor from Phillies (Roy Halladay)
Dec. 29, 2020: Rays get Luis Patiño, Francisco Mejia, Cole Wilcox, Blake Hunt from Padres (Blake Snell)
Dec. 19 2014-June 14, 2015: Nationals get Trea Turner (as PTBNL), Joe Ross from Padres in three-team deal that despatched Wil Myers from Rays to Padres
Dec. 9, 2015: Braves get Dansby Swanson, Aaron Blair from D-backs (Shelby Miller, Gabe Speier)
Dec. 3, 2018: Mariners get Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Gerson Bautista from Mets (Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz)
Feb. 10, 2020: Red Sox get Jeter Downs, Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong from Dodgers (Mookie Betts, David Price)
July 29, 2011: Astros get Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton, Domingo Santana, Josh Zeid from Phillies (Hunter Pence)