by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
To an extent most of the heavy lifting was done in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Names like David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gomez, Johnny Cueto and a host of others had already been taken off the board. That’s not to say that there weren’t rumors, but on July 31 itself you could say that there wasn’t much of “impact” completed. Much is the key word, but let’s take a look and see what did go down:
The Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes for two minor leaguers
It came right down to the wire but the Mets finally found the big bat they needed (after the entire Carlos Gomez debacle). Obviously the first thought is going to be that he should be downgraded due to CitiField, but it’s not like Detroit is such a hitter friendly ballpark. He’ll slot into the middle of the lineup and should continue to be viewed just as he has.
In return the Tigers got a pair of minor league pitchers. Luis Cessa has struggled since being promoted to Triple-A (8.51 ERA over five starts), but the gem for them is the acquisition of Michael Fulmer. MLB.com has already slotted him as the Tigers’ fifth best prospect, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him soon form a dynamic 1-2 punch with the newly acquired Daniel Norris (assuming he can find his control). According to MLB.com: Read more