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BtBS staff trade deadline rankings 21-111

Members of the Beyond the Box Score staff take time to rank all 111 players traded in the week leading up to the trade deadline.

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In assessing the trade deadline deals, the Beyond the Box Score staff went through a couple of evaluating criteria before settling on one that fit best. In the end, the question we kept asking was, "What kind of impact will this player bring to the franchise, whether that be in the next few months or over the next couple of years?". With that kind of mindset, we ranked the players traded between July 23rd and the trade deadline.

21. Ben Revere: After overhauling their roster, it was clear the only thing the Blue Jays needed was a proper leadoff hitter. Enter Ben Revere--wait, he’s going to bat ninth? Since 2012, Revere hasn’t had a wOBA over .307, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the speedy, defensive outfielder will bat, ahem, second leadoff. Michael Bradburn

22. J.A. Happ: Never really trusted with a full workload, J.A. (pronounced ‘Jay’, kind of like Ray Dickey) Happ has actually been a very serviceable pitcher over the past two seasons. In dire times with the 2014 Blue Jays, Happ was a consistent bright spot at 3.95 xFIP. Through this season so far, he has had 3.99 xFIP. That’s a grand total of 2.4 fWAR over the past two seasons. The Pirates, who already had a great rotation, have acquired an excellent, consistent fifth starter for the 2015 playoff push. MB

23. Jeff Hoffman: As a prospect, Jeff Hoffman’s value to any team would be hazy. For the Colorado Rockies, however, it increases. The Rockies have a poor track record of developing pitchers, so getting pitchers with good pedigrees with high-minors experience is a sound strategy. Not only that, the fact that Hoffman throws a curveball suggests that the new regime in Colorado is more concerned with talent than with an ambiguous idea of what works and what doesn’t in Colorado. Rockies fans have been dreaming on Jon Gray since the summer of 2013—Hoffman might end up being better, and that’s quite valuable for the Rockies. Eric Garcia McKinley

24. Jose Tabata: Jose Tabata? I suppose he is useful outfield depth for a team without outfield depth. The Dodgers don’t qualify there; Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and Joc Pederson exist. Enrique Hernandez, who has performed well in his playing time, and Alex Guerrero are there too. I don’t see much impact here if at all, but the Dodgers just gave up Michael Morse to get him. Kevin Ruprecht

25. Dustin AckleyIn the six years since being drafted second overall, Ackley has largely been a disappointment with the Mariners. He has bounced around between second base and left field, providing solid defense but below-average offense. Ackley has hit new depths this season, with a wRC+ 26 percent below average. Despite his issues, the Yankees gambled on his pedigree. The short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium should benefit Ackley, who has posted a respectable ISO of .148 this season and pulls the ball 44 percent of the time. Ackley projects to be fairly comparable in terms of production at second base to Stephen Drew, who has experienced struggles of his own. At 27, and controlled through next season, Ackley may be a worthwhile buy-low for the Yankees. However, he seems unlikely to make much of an impact this season. Tom O'Donnell

T26. Brandon Finnegan: Finngean surfaced in the big leagues last year just months after being drafted out of TCU by the Royals. The lefty profiles as a starter to some, and to others as a multi-inning fireman reliever. The Reds will stretch him out in their Triple-A rotation and see what sticks. His calling card is a nasty fastball/slider mix, and his changeup also profiles as a 50 or better. Nick Stellini

T26. Nick Williams: Williams is a bit of a toolshed and possibly the best prospect the Phillies received from Texas in the Cole Hamels deal. Scouts have been dreaming on his power for years and it's finally showing up in a big way. His strikeouts are down, his walks are up, and at the very worst Williams could wind up as a Jay Bruce type. NS

28. Jose PerazaPeraza became one of the more unlikely players moved at the deadline, not because of his ability but because of his new team. The 21 year-old middle infielder projects as an above-average fielder and baserunner. Questions have surfaced about his bat, but considering his youthful age, there is still plenty of time for Peraza to develop. Coming into the season, Baseball America ranked him the number 54 prospect, and though his struggles at the plate may have hurt his stock a little bit, the consensus is that he's still comfortably in the top 100. This makes it surprising that the rebuilding Braves sent Peraza and Alex Wood, among others, to the Dodgers for a package headlined by Hector Olivera. Peraza immediately becomes another top prospect for a Dodgers team with an already stacked minor league system. Los Angeles parlayed their ability to eat large portions of hefty contracts into a future asset. The Dodgers’ ownership group has shown a willingness to outspend competitors in every market, the market for prospects now included. TO

T29. Jake Thompson: Another part of the Hamels deal, Thompson originally came to Texas from Detroit at last year's deadline. He blossomed there and looks like a middle-to-back of the rotation starter. NS

T29. Joakim Soria: The beleaguered Tigers finally pressed the "sell" button and Soria was shipped off to the Pirates. You can never have enough pitching, and Soria figures to operate in the late innings alongside Tony Watson and Mark Melancon. Don't expect him to close too often, but Soria is a useful piece for Clint Hurdle to have in his pocket. NS

31. Sean Manaea: The deceptive southpaw's movement up the system has been stalled by injuries and inconsistency this year, but when he's on, he has the makings of a mid-rotation starter. His fastball has loads of life and his slider can be a swing-and-miss offering. Add in an average to above-average changeup and you have Manaea's complete arsenal. Barring control issues, Manaea has a bright future ahead in Oakland. Justin Perline

32. Tyler Clippard: The acquistion of Clippard by the Mets, like that of any reliever, is more important as the prevalence of starters only going 6-7 innings increases. Teams can no longer afford to hide bad arms in the bullpen and hope they’ll only be needed in blowouts. How the Mets will use Clippard is still an open question, but in five games he’s already finished two of them with one save. The Mets’ starting pitching has been outstanding, ranked #2 in baseball. The bullpen isn’t bad (#12), but anything that can solidify the back end will pay dividends. The Mets have been doing it with mirrors, near the bottom in runs scored per game, and scoring fewer runs means more closer games, and more games where the bullpen can be the difference between victory and defeat. Scott Lindholm

T33. LaTroy Hawkins: It’s not often a 42-year old is called on to stabilize a bullpen, but it is often that LaTroy Hawkins is. Playing for his 11th team now, Hawkins has had an amazing career and he continues to succeed, even recording a save against all 30 teams. Maybe because every time he faces Mike Trout, Hawkins can tell him he was drafted before Trout was born. MB

T33. Jonathan Broxton: Broxton’s HR/FB rate by year. 2011: 18.2 percent, 2012: 4.9 percent, 2013: 11.8 percent, 2014: 5.7 percent, 2015: 16.1 percent. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  MB

T35. Jose Reyes: It was extremely difficult to slot Jose Reyes in anywhere here. I mean, of course a shortstop of Reyes’ caliber would help any team. His defensive range has always been his weak spot, but otherwise he is a great shortstop. In fact, according to FanGraphs WAR, Reyes has been the third-best shortstop since 2010. It’s just unclear how Reyes helps the Rockies right now. That being said, taking that salary is likely what netted the excellent prospects for Bridich. MB

T35. Jorge Alfaro: The Phillies finally got their big catching prospect that they've desperately been seeking. Alfaro profiles as a bat-first guy, but there's a lot of risk here as he has the tendency to swing and miss a lot. He's also been sidelined with an injury nearly all year. If everything breaks right, then the Phillies could have themselves something fun here. NS

37. Jim Johnson

T38. Jake Diekman: Diekman is a fascinating lefty reliever that Texas acquired alongside Cole Hamels. He's rocking an electric 11.3 K/9, but is also walking more than five batters per nine innings. Diekman throws fire, so if Mike Maddux can even him out a bit he could potentially be a true weapon. NS

T38. Michael Fulmer: Fulmer was the better of the two prospects that the Mets used to acquire Yoenis Cespedes. He's having a true breakout year at Double-A with an amazing fastball that he backs up with plus sliders and curveballs and a developing changeup. He may yet wind up a reliever before all is said and done, but this is exactly the kind of pitching prospect that the Tigers needed to be filling their depleted system with. NS

40. Dan Haren: The 34-year-old Haren, who has already hinted at his intentions to retire after this year, should provide stability at the back of the Cubs’ rotation. He’s not the pitcher he was in his early years – his fastball averages just 86 miles per hour, third slowest in the majors – but he can still be marginally effective. Haren throws his cut fastball almost 41 percent of the time, by far the most in the majors, and only Shelby Miller has received more value from the pitch this season than Haren. He should give the Cubs some serviceable innings down the stretch as they seek their first playoff berth since 2008. TO

41. Rob Kaminsky: Kaminsky, the Cardinals first round pick in 2013, was shipped to Cleveland for Brandon Moss. Entering 2015, the consensus surrounding Kaminsky was that he was right on the cusp of the top 100 prospects. His position does not appear to have changed much; with an MLB-ready curveball and a solid fastball, he profiles as a potential mid-rotation starter. Moss, who is under team control through the end of the season, is of no use to the reloading Indians, so to turn him into an asset like Kaminsky is a nice pickup. If Kaminsky develops like some of the other young Cleveland starters, he could join the big-league squad late in the 2017 season. TO

42. Keury Mella: Mella produces easy velocity from his 6'2" frame and his 92-95 mph fastball is proof. He has a 3.76 FIP in High-A San Jose's rotation, but some scouts believe he is better suited for a bullpen role. For now, his solid slider and developing changeup will keep him starting for the Tortugas. JP

T43. Conor Gillaspie

T43. Matt Boyd: Armed with a strong sense of the strike zone, Boyd can attack hitters with his mid 90's fastball, solid changeup, and a potentially deadly curveball. He's already made his major-league debut with the Jays and looks to get a turn at the rotation in Detroit before the season is over. JP

45. Zach Davies: Davies pairs a plus changeup with excellent control in order to get batters out. They both result in a great K-BB% differential and GB/FB rate. He's close to the majors and can develop into a reliable backend starter if he can get his average curveball and fastball to work. JP

46. Mark Lowe

47. Juan Uribe

T48. Jacob Nottingham: Nottingham was drafted as a catcher with plus raw power, but also had issues with his contact rates and defense. As an Astro in 2015, he hit the cover off the ball in Low-A Quad Cities. Nottingham swatted 10 home runs in 230 at-bats, while also proving that he could make consistent contact and stick behind the plate.  JP

T48. Josh Hader

50. Miguel Castro: Miguel Castro is 6’5" and uses his long legs well off the mound. Aroldis Chapman is 6’4" and uses his long legs well off the mound. Miguel Castro can throw 100mph. Aroldis Chapman can throw 103mph. Miguel Castro has yet to turn 21. Aroldis Chapman made his debut at 22. While this is totally unfair, and Castro probably got a bit too rushed, Alex Anthopoulos has gone on record saying the one player he wished he signed was Chapman. If Castro can solve his long ball problem – and in the unfriendly confines of Coors, no less -- Anthopoulos may have just traded away Chapman lite. MB

T51. Shane Victorino

T51. Nick Pivetta: Pivetta has control over a plus fastball that can touch 96 mph and a couple of moderate secondaries. His changeup can be average and the slider & curve combo are fringy. When everything is working together, Pivetta has a chance at being a backend starter for the Phillies.  JP

53. Cody Reed

54. David Murphy: Acquired by the Angels to shore up some offensive woes, Murphy is in the midst of his best offensive season since 2012. He, along with fellow new pieces Shane Victorino and David DeJesus, should serve as reasonable, albeit temporary, upgrades in left field and at designated hitter. Signed cheaply through the end of the 2015 season, Murphy brings league average power and solid on-base skills to Los Angeles. He’ll bounce around between left field and DH, and given that his UZR/150 is 31 runs below average this season, the Angels would do well to keep him off the field as much as possible. However, if he is able to maintain his wRC+ of 112, he should see ample time in the lineup.  TO

55. David DeJesus

56. Domingo Santana

57. Junior Lake

58. Bronson Arroyo

59. Mike Morse

60. Marc Rzepczynski

61. Kevin Jepsen

62. Casey Meisner

63. Sam Dyson:  Dyson's a reliever that every team wants in their bullpen. He can utilize his incredible sinker to produce tons of ground-ball outs and provides value as a reliable middle-innings reliever. JP

64. Tommy Hunter: It’s a fair question to ask if the Cubs are ahead of their rebuilding schedule, but no matter what the answer is, they’re in the thick of the race for the last playoff spot in the NL. They’re among the league leaders in two interesting categories— the number of one-run games they play, and blown saves. Combine those two facts, and every bullpen arm takes on outsize significance, and the Cubs have been walking a highwire act the entire season. Joe Maddon has been employing a closer-by-feeling method, rotating between Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Jason Motte, with varying degrees of success. Hunter can be added into that mix, and as a plus, makes Rafael Soriano expendable. That alone makes it worth the deal. SL

65. Kelly Johnson

66. Ryan Cook

67. Jerad Eickhoff

68. Chih-Wei Hu: Hu has come a long way since signing out of Taiwan in 2012. He substitutes the average pitcher's changeup with an unusual palmball, but can also pitch with his 90-92 mph fastball. Hu's entire repertoire plays up because of his ability to command the ball, and he should see the majors as a backend starter soon enough. JP

69. JaCoby Jones

70. Jairo Labourt

T71. Jesus Tinoco

T71. Luis Avilan

73. Adrian Sampson

T74. Zachary Bird

T74. Paco Rodriguez

T76. John Lamb

T76. Alberto Tirado

78. Nick Wells

T79. Eduar Lopez

T79. Adam Duvall

81. Alec Asher

82. Josh Rutledge

83. Daniel Mengden

84. Felix Doubront

85. Luis Cessa

86. Ramon Flores

87. Joe Blanton

88. Matt Harrison

T89. John Gant

T89. Rob Whalen

91. Jose Ramirez

92. Tomas Telis

93. Alexis Tapia

T94. Adrian Houser

T94. Jake Brentz

96. Ivan Pineyro

97. Yhonathan Barrios

98. Aaron Brooks

99. Kevin Guzman

100. Abraham Almonte

101. Malik Collymore

102. J.C. Ramirez

103. Rob Rasmussen

104. Eric Stamets

105. Jayson Aquino

106. Jeff Brigham

107. Elliot Soto

108. Victor Araujo

109. Jimmy Cordero

110. Kyle Barraclough

111. Cody Ege

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Justin Perline is a writer for Beyond the Box Score and The Wild Pitch. You can follow him on Twitter at @jperline.