By Andrew Perna
It has been more than two weeks since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. It is too early to tell just how each deal will shake out, but a lot can be learned in more than a dozen games. Some of the players that changed addresses have hit the ground running, while others have stumbled with their new teams.
Carlos Lee, Marlins (July 4)
The Marlins were nine games out of first place when they acquired Lee from the Astros, but are now in last place in the National League East and close to twenty games back. In 36 games, the first baseman is hitting .287/.383/.372 with two home runs and 26 RBI. His hitting splits are down a bit from his Houston totals (.287/.336/.411), but he is driving in runs with extreme frequency.
Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees (July 23)
New York has essentially the same lead in the American League East now as they did when they acquired Ichiro right before a game against the Mariners in Seattle. He has just three steals in 23 games, lower than the Yankees would like as they look to replace Brett Gardner. However, the right fielder is hitting .312/.338/.442 in 77 at-bats, numbers that are better across the board than he posted in 402 at-bats with the Mariners (.261/.288/.353).
Wandy Rodriguez, Pirates (July 24)
In four starts for Pittsburgh, the left-hander has struggled. He has allowed 15 earned runs in 24 innings, giving him a 5.47 ERA. The Pirates are 1-3 in his starts as they approach their first winning season in a very long time and contend for a playoff spot. Opposing hitters have a .297/.351/.465 line against Rodriguez over his last three starts and his K/9 (6.13 to 4.38) and K/BB (2.78 to 1.50) are both down in Pittsburgh.
Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers (July 25)
The infielder has been reinvigorated in Los Angeles. He is hitting .317/.387/.476 with 23 RBI in 21 games with the Dodgers. Ramirez seemed to be going through the motions with the Marlins, who signed Jose Reyes this past offseason to play shortstop (moving Ramirez to third base). In 93 games, he hit just .246/.322/.428 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI for Miami. His power numbers are down, but he is getting on base and doing exactly what the Dodgers hoped he would when they acquired him.
Zack Greinke, Angels (July 27)
The right-hander has looked like an entirely different pitcher in Los Angeles. After going 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 123 innings with the Brewers, Greinke has a 5.54 ERA in 26 innings (four starts) with the Angels. He has lost his impeccable control, averaging 2.22 K/BB (down from 4.36) and has seen his K/9 rate drop (8.93 to 6.92). Hitters are smacking him around (.307/.369/.465) at an alarming rate.
Francisco Liriano, White Sox (July 28)
Liriano has added depth to the rotation of the contending White Sox. After allowing three combined runs in his first two starts (11 innings), the left-hander surrendered six earned runs in less than four innings on Aug. 11 against the Athletics. In four starts, Liriano has one win with a 4.79 ERA. The good news? His control and strikeout rates are on par with his numbers in Minnesota. The bad news? He was 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA with the Twins.
Paul Maholm, Braves (July 30)
This might be the most underrated acquisition of the summer as Maholm has been red-hot in his three appearances for Atlanta. In 23 innings, the left-hander has 20 strikeouts and a 1.57 ERA. He has surrendered just 14 hits and walked just five, giving him a WHIP of 0.83. On Aug. 10, he tossed a complete-game shutout against the Mets.
Shane Victorino, Dodgers (July 31)
Not surprisingly, the outfielder has not been a revelation in Los Angeles. He has seen his numbers dip in recent seasons and Victorino has not picked things up with the Dodgers. He is hitting .279/.333/.410 with six RBI and three steals in 14 games with L.A. after he had a batting line of .261/.324/.401 in 387 at-bats with the Phillies. Despite a better team and offensive supporting cast, the Hawaiian is essentially the same player at the plate.
Hunter Pence, Giants (July 31)
Regardless of how Pence has performed in his first 14 games with the Giants, he became a much more important cog when Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for using testosterone. Unfortunately for San Francisco, the former Phillie and Astro is hitting just .177/.212/.290 in 62 at-bats. On the flip side, Pence has been a timely hitter (11 RBI). He will have to pick up some of the slack left behind by Cabrera, who was hitting .346/.390/.516.
Ryan Dempster, Rangers (July 31)
Dempster was lights out for the Cubs in 16 starts, posting a 2.25 ERA and striking out 83 batters in 104 innings. He was 5-5 for a struggling club, but has struggled mightily with more run support and pressure in Texas. The right-hander has an unsightly 8.31 ERA in three starts with 19 runs allowed in just over 17 innings. Opposing hitters have a line of .348/.390/.710 against him as a member of the Rangers. His strikeout rates have similar to what they were in Chicago, which should be a cause for concern. Batters are simply teeing off on the veteran.
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