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Looking back at 2015’s big MLB deadline deals

The 2016 trade deadline has come and gone and several big name players are getting settled into their new homes. Last year was no different, so let’s take a look back and analyze a few of the biggest 2015 deadline deals.


Troy Tulowitzki and David Price

>Tulowitzki acquired by Blue Jays from Rockies

>Price acquired by Blue Jays from Tigers

The Blue Jays made two huge deals last year near the deadline. First, they acquired Rockies legend Troy Tulowitzki, then, followed up a couple of days later by trading for Tiger ace and, at the time, soon-to-be free agent David Price. The Blue Jays gave up their own big name shortstop Jose Reyes in the deal, but must have figured Tulowitzki’s pop at the plate would fit more with the team’s long ball style. In true Tulowitzki fashion, though, he was injured near the end of the season and ended up sitting for several games. He did come back in the playoffs and was tied with Jose Bautista for the team lead in RBI in the postseason. With Price, the Blue Jays gave up three lefty arms but picked up a pitcher who was dominating at the deadline. Price had a 2.53 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. The Blue Jays went 40-18 after the break and made it to the ALCS.


Cole Hamels

>Acquired by Rangers from Phillies

Hamels was actually the second big name arm from the Phillies to be traded near the deadline, with Jonathan Papelbon being the first. Hamels was having a typically solid year and was able to carry that with him to Texas, winning seven games while taking only one loss. The Rangers wound up losing to the Blue Jays in the “Batflip” ALDS. The Phillies, meanwhile, wound up with six players in the deal, including RHP Jerad Eickhoff, who has been one of the team’s best pitchers this year.  


Jonathan Papelbon

>Acquired by Nationals from Phillies

Papelbon was having another All Star level year saving 17 games for the Phillies with an ERA just below 1.6. It was hoped that the veteran would bring leadership to the Nats as well as shore up the back end of their bullpen. Papelbon made national news not for his pitching, though, but for his fighting. And not just with anyone, with eventual MVP teammate Bryce Harper. The Nationals missed the playoffs, losing their 2 game lead on the Mets who caught fire after the deadline, and a big deal of their own.


Yoenis Cespedes

>Acquired by Mets from Tigers

The Tigers are the other team last year that was willing to give up more than one big name at the deadline. Detroit sent Cespedes to the Mets and the Cuban outfielder flourished from the moment he arrived. Cespedes crushed 17 HRs and drove in 44 runs in 57 games, made some ridiculous throws from the outfield, and helped carry the Mets to their first World Series in 15 years. The Tigers snagged RHP Michael Fulmer in the deal and the rookie has far exceeded expectations in his time in the big leagues this year.  


Johnny Cueto

>Acquired by Royals from Reds

The Reds were sellers last year just as they were this year and dealt Johnny Cueto to the eventual World Series champion Royals. Cueto was twirling gems at the midway point of the season with a 2.62 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP before being dealt. The Blue Crew went on to win it all but Cueto was not nearly as magical in KC. His ERA in KC jumped over two runs and his WHIP was 1.45 the rest of the way. He did however shut down the Mets in Game 2 of the Series with a complete game, 1 run performance. The Reds ended up picking up 3 pitchers in the deal, 2 of which are in their starting rotation today. Based on the Royals eventual fate and how the Reds are using their pieces now, it seems like the trade was a win-win for both sides.


Chris Daniel
Special to Punch Drunk Sports



  1. Good article and very detailed. Nice.

  2. Good article and to the point with just enough humor to keep me reading.

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