Ian Snell (Mariners)—Snell never had a problem with talent, and after a bizarre season in Pittsburgh, he managed to post a .96 ERA in six AAA starts. There is a good chance he could excel with the change of scenery.
Jim Johnson (Orioles)—Johnson becomes Baltimore’s closer role after Sherrill was traded to LA.
Matt Holliday (Cardinals)—Holliday has underproduced but his numbers could improve in St. Louis. He probably won’t produce the same numbers he did in Colorado, but like his predecessor Larry Walker, he could find a solid post-Colorado home in St. Louis.
Jeff Clement (Pirates)—Clement gets a new opportunity to prove he can develop into an elite catcher. Clements has talent, and there’s a chance he can do really well in Pittsburgh.
New York Yankees—the Yankees are winners by not trading. They smartly avoided dealing Austin Jackson or Jesus Montero for Jarrod Washburn, and avoided spending $17 million on Bronson Arroyo (thus saving the clubhouse from some bad, bad, music).
George Sherrill (Dodgers)—a disaster for Sherrill owners, whose value crashes like Enron stock after being traded into a non-closing role.
Colby Rasmus (Cardinals)—a random pick considering Rasmus was not traded, but the Cardinals acquisition of Holiday could hurt his playing time more than most expect. Holiday/Ludwick are locked in the corner spots, and Rasmus is slumping at the wrong time. There is no long-term concern, but he could see less AB’s this season.
Colorado Rockies—the Rockies were surprisingly quiet at the deadline. They are in a tough division race and have expendable young players struggling to find time on the roster. A major move (Fowler, EY, Jr., etc) would have been a mistake, but I think they could have gotten Freddy Sanchez pretty cheaply. Sanchez could have provided them a major boost in a utility role this season, but I guess that’s why I’m not a general manager.
Cliff Lee—most would put Lee in the “winner” category because run support will no longer be a problem, but Lee owners might be disappointed. My concern is Lee’s numbers against the NL have been awful and he goes to a hitter-friendly ballpark. We’ll see…