The last week was quite possibly the busiest ever for baseball trades, with dozens of deals moving over one hundred players from one team to another. The AL Central had at least its fair share of the action, with a pair of buyers, a pair of sellers, and one team that somewhat bafflingly wound up doing nothing.
Let's take a look at each team's moves from the last week, and what impact they might be expected to have for the rest of 2015, and for 2016 and beyond.
Kansas City Royals
- Acquired RHP Johnny Cueto from Reds for LHP Brandon Finnegan, LHP John Lamb, and LHP Cody Reed
- Acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist from Athletics for LHP Sean Manaea and RHP Aaron Brooks
- Trade RHP Joe Blanton to Pirates for cash considerations
- Acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from Rays for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia
- Acquired SS JaCoby Jones from Pirates for RHP Joakim Soria
- Acquired LHP Daniel Norris, LHP Matt Boyd and LHP Jairo Labourt from Blue Jays for LHP David Price
- Acquired RHP Michael Fulmer and RHP Luis Cessa from Mets for OF Yoenis Cespedes
- Acquired SS Eric Stamets from Angels for OF David Murphy
- Acquired LHP Rob Kaminsky from Cardinals for 1B/OF Brandon Moss
- Acquired OF Abraham Almonte from Padres for LHP Marc Rzepczynski
For Beyond: None of the three guys the Indians moved were a big part of the team's future, and these trades do very little to hurt their chances in 2016, especially when you factor in the money they'll now have to spend this offseason. Meanwhile, Kaminsky immediately becomes one of the 3 or 4 best prospects in the farm system, improving the chances that the starting rotation is really good come 2017.
The Verdict: Murphy and Rzepczynski's departures clear up roster spots and playing time for other guys the team needs to get a better sense of between now and the end of the season. Moss' departure frees up money to acquire someone who can likely help the team as much as he would have in 2016, while also giving them a nice pitching prospect.
Chicago White Sox
- Did nothing