Free excerpt + podcast from the exciting few hours leading up to Monday's MLB Trade Deadline
In the first 9 games post-deadline, the team is 7-2. So the record doesn't leave me pining for a trade.
The top 3 of the rotation are looking near playoff-ready with Pineda back in place and thriving, Berrios finding his groove, and Maeda continuing a great season. Between Dobnak, Hill, and (hopefully) Odorizzi, there is more than enough talent to fill out the rest of the rotation for the remainder of the season.
Early conclusion: No trade was needed.
Position players? Starling Marte was our dream addition. He's a truly excellent player, but Buxton has brought more back to the Twins than Marte has brought to the Marlins. Add in the return of Donaldson and this lineup has looked formidable again. Since the deadline passed the Team is batting .292/.354/.493
Bullpen? Overall, the unit still looks good to me. The BP era is 2.97 since the deadline passed. That includes the one tremendous meltdown on Sept 6. Other than that one outing, they've been impeccable, posting a 1.03 era in all other games.
Is an upgrade necessary? I don't think so.
The team's performance has made the non-move approach look good so far.
That said, I'll repeat what I always say. I am biased against mid-season trades. Grateful to see this team have a chance to close thing thing out as designed.