This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and we finally have a few somewhat exciting deals to discuss! Everybody was looking for pitching – not at all surprising given the many injuries and sub-par performances on the mounds this crazy season – but there weren't all that many starting pitchers available who were perceived to be difference makers, and several of those didn't move. That didn't slow down all of the contenders however; many just shifted their focus to hopefully bolster their bullpens. Let's see how changes in latitudes might impact the key arms involved:
Taijuan Walker to Toronto:
Walker was the first named starting pitcher to change uniforms. Being dealt was perhaps expected, but where he landed might qualify as a bit of a surprise. The Blue Jays were apparently serious, as they are beginning to enjoy the development of their young position players, and their pitching has been good enough to keep them in the hunt. Walker has suffered through a long list of injuries, all of which have slowed his personal development, but he appears to be getting it all together this season. He still struggles with command at times, but barring any regression, he's a significant plus to Toronto's playoff aspirations. His debut with the Jays was certainly promising.
Tommy Milone to Atlanta:
For most teams (including fantasy teams) this acquisition won't move the needle, at least not in the right direction, but I wanted to include it to underscore the stretch teams might make trying