Tonight is the waiver trade deadline, last month was the non-waiver trade deadline, and there has already been a couple deals that were made. The main difference is money, the non-waiver deadline doesn’t matter who it is no one is off limits now the waiver deadline is for the major leaguers who pass through waivers which is usually the guys who are paid some money. Examples are Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson who have already been dealt during this waiver period. Like I said it’s basically about money so I don’t have much to say about the trading teams return so basically I’ll just be mentioning the main part.
First one was Cameron Maybin going from the Angels to the Astros. Not even sure he’ll get any playing time on the ‘Stros but he’s another athletic outfielder the Astros get to use off the bench. Which they already have plenty of, the rich get richer.
And then the Angels get Justin Upton from the Tigers. Upton is having a good year and has an opt-out clause in his contract after this year, because of his bounce back year the Tigers were pretty sure he would opt-out after the year anyway so might as well trade him and get something in return (even a small return) while you can. And all I got to say about this deal is throw Upton in a lineup with Mike Trout and I consider that a definite upgrade, especially for an Angels team that’s currently in the playoffs/wildcard hunt.