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Watch ex-Giant Sam Dyson help save field tarp right before Twins trade

Watch ex-Giant Sam Dyson help save field tarp right before Twins trade

Before Sam Dyson was sent from the Giants to the Twins ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline, he contributed to one last save.

The inclement weather in Philadelphia ahead of the Giants-Phillies game prompted the Citizens Bank Park grounds crew to bring out the tarp hours before first pitch.

Eventually, that tarp proved no match for the gusts of wind whipping around the stadium, at which point Dyson -- still a member of the Giants -- snapped into action.

Dyson was well regarded within the Giants' clubhouse, and clearly he makes a good teammate. He learned about the trade shortly thereafter, and was able to say his goodbyes.

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The weather can get a little extreme in Minneapolis, too, so perhaps that's not the last save of that kind he'll make this year.

MLB trade deadline: Winners, losers include Giants, Yankees on big day

MLB trade deadline: Winners, losers include Giants, Yankees on big day

There was very little in the way of significant action before the MLB trade deadline passed Wednesday. Afterward, though, was quite a different story.

In the 30 minutes after the deadline passed, a flurry of moves was announced, providing the mass chaos that many had expected would occur with so many prominent names said to be available.

Most of those prominent names stayed with their incumbent teams. But a select few stole the headlines, and dictated which teams won the trade deadline, and which ones lost.



Houston won the trade deadline. Full stop.

If the Astros weren't the prohibitive favorites entering the deadline, they certainly emerged from it with that designation after acquiring Zack Greinke in a trade with the Diamondbacks. While Houston sent quite a haul of prospects to Arizona, the Astros managed to add Greinke without giving up top prospect Kyle Tucker, and even got the Diamondbacks to send $24 million over as part of the deal to help offset Greinke's massive contract.

Greinke, by the way, is 10-4 so far this season with a 2.87 ERA and 128 strikeouts and 141 innings. He now joins a rotation that includes Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander.

Good luck with that, American League.


In Farhan, we trust.

How can you not at this point? After making several adjustments to San Francisco's roster over the last few months, many of which have played a critical role in the Giants' recent surge back to relevancy, Zaidi carried that momentum into Wednesday's trade deadline and ran with it. Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith and Tony Watson -- all rumored to be on the move for months -- are still Giants.

Sam Dyson is gone, but for him, Zaidi got three prospects from the Twins, including a 24-year-old outfielder who has batted .331 and hit 15 home runs in 41 games with AAA-Rochester this season.

Zaidi somehow managed to unload the entirety of the $19 million remaining on Mark Melancon's contract to the Braves, and got two players in return, including Atlanta's No. 17 overall prospect.

Drew Pomeranz has been a revelation in San Francisco's bullpen over the last two weeks, and Zaidi convinced the Brewers to trade for him (and quadruple-A reliever Ray Black) for their No. 3 prospect, middle infielder Mauricio Dubon.

Dubon should arrive in the majors sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, Scooter Gennett -- whom San Francisco acquired from Cincinnati for cash considerations -- figures to provide the Giants a boost at second base.

In each situation, Zaidi dealt from a position of strength and managed to improve the team's future outlook, all without ruining its chances in the present. 


In a wide-open NL Central, Chicago went for it.

In the waning minutes of the deadline, the Cubs acquired Nick Castellanos from the Tigers for two pitching prospects, including their 2018 first-round pick. Castellanos was well worth that cost, though, as he now slides into what was already a fairly stacked Cubs lineup.

Castellanos, 27, fits Chicago's timeline, can play both the infield and the outfield and also leads all players with 37 doubles this season. Wrigley Field is far more hitter-friendly than Comerica, so expect some of those doubles to turn into homers in the second half. Castellanos absolutely mashes lefties, slashing .347/.415/.611 against southpaws, and he makes the Cubs the favorite to claim the division title.



New York did nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

In dire need of a starting-pitching upgrade, the Yankees elected to stand pat, and now the gap between them and the Astros has grown considerably. They had a tremendous opportunity to compete for a World Series title in a couple of months, and while they still have a decent chance, they likely will be kicking themselves come October.

The Astros got Greinke. In a deadline when frontline starters like Bumgarner, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman and Robbie Ray were said to be available, the Yankees decided, "Nah, we're good."

Nah, they're actually not.


Much like the Yankees, one wonders if the Dodgers' failure to acquire adequate reinforcements at the deadline will cost them a championship.

Los Angeles had an obvious need in the bullpen. The Dodgers did add a reliever -- Adam Kolarek was acquired from the Rays -- but he's not the difference-maker needed, having posted a 3.95 ERA over 43.1 innings so far this season.

Jedd Gyorko? Offense is not Los Angeles' problem, and he doesn't provide much of it anyway.

The Dodgers have talented prospects coming out of their ears. They have the best team in the National League, and one of the two best teams in all of baseball. Maybe they already were so far ahead of the competition that they didn't need to add anything, but come October, they'll deserve all the flack -- and then some -- if the bullpen falters in yet another heartbreaking postseason exit.

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After being .500 at the All-Star break, St. Louis has gone 13-5 since. As a reward for getting back into playoff contention, the front office went out and added ... Tony Cingrani?


Cingrani came over in the trade with the Dodgers for Gyorko. He hasn't pitched this year, and is out for the rest of the season recovering from labrum surgery. So, no, he won't be contributing to a Cardinals' postseason run.

St. Louis had multiple needs, but none bigger than a starter. There were plenty of quality starters to be had, but in the end, the Cardinals stuck with the same rotation that has Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas as its Nos. 1 and 2 starters.

That's not going to cut it in the postseason, and given the moves of the teams they're competing with, they'll be lucky to get there at all.

NBA offseason grades: How Warriors emerged from wild summer of change

NBA offseason grades: How Warriors emerged from wild summer of change

It's a brand-new day in Warriors land.

In just a matter of weeks, Chase Center will open its doors for the inaugural events at Golden State's new home arena in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, the Warriors will embark on a journey unlike any other in recent years.

Kevin Durant is gone. So are Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. DeMarcus Cousins is a member of the Lakers, and Klay Thompson still is in the early stages of rehabbing a torn ACL.

Yes, it's been an offseason of change for the Warriors, and the aftermath has left them in a nearly unrecognizable state.

After being the third-oldest NBA team last season, the Warriors enter 2019-20 with the eighth-youngest roster in the league. Golden State made a concerted effort to get younger, bringing in the likes of D'Angelo Russell (23), Willie Cauley-Stein (25) and Alec Burks (28) -- all former lottery picks. Through the draft, the Warriors added Jordan Poole (20), Alen Smailagic (18) and Eric Paschall (22).

In somewhat of a pleasant surprise, Kevon Looney was brought back on a three-year contract. The 23-year-old will enter next season having appeared in the fifth-most NBA games of anyone on Golden State's roster.

The extreme turnover has left Steph Curry as the oldest remaining player on the team. He, Thompson and Draymond Green formed the core of the recent/current dynasty, and now it will be up to them to lead the transition into the next one. There's no question the Warriors got worse this offseason -- that's just what happens when you lose one of the greatest players ever -- and their offseason can't be fairly evaluated outside of that context.

With that in mind, here's how three media outlets graded the Warriors' offseason:

Grade: C+
What they're saying: "Russell is a more talented young player than Golden State otherwise could have hoped to acquire and might prove to be a valuable trade chip, but adding him via sign-and-trade subjected the Warriors to a hard cap that forced them to send a lightly protected first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies with veteran Andre Iguodala. The result is a Warriors team that isn't a sure bet to make the playoffs in 2019-20, with Klay Thompson likely to miss most of the season following his ACL tear during the NBA Finals." -- Kevin Pelton

CBS Sports
Grade: C
What they're saying: "Obviously, the Warriors would have preferred to keep Durant, and losing him takes them from perennial title favorite to a much murkier future. But GM Bob Myers did well to get Russell out of the situation, a 23-year-old All-Star who can either blossom in the Warriors system or be sold to the highest bidder. Losing Iguodala and Livingston hurts, but Golden State made a clear effort this offseason to get younger and more athletic. Re-signing Thompson was the top priority, and bringing back Looney must have been a pleasant surprise given their cap situation. That being said, they're no longer the chalk title favorite they once were, so that has to be reflected in their grade." -- Colin Ward-Henniger

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Bleacher Report
Grade: B
What they're saying: "Really, their entire summer comes down to whether D'Angelo Russell is worth more to them as a player or eventual trade asset than Andre Iguodala and two first-round picks. That's not an easy call. Russell ran more pick-and-rolls per game last year than anyone except Kemba Walker. Golden State doesn't play that way, and it could get even harder to integrate him once Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL.

"Still, Russell is a 23-year-old All-Star. Gambles can get worse. The Warriors assume plenty of risk, and we must hedge accordingly. But he elevates their post-Durant ceiling, either as a trade asset or keeper, without lowering their floor.

"From getting Russell to retaining Thompson and Kevon Looney to taking cheap fliers on Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III, Golden State did a respectable job navigating the loss of an all-time great and the dissolution of a dynasty." -- Dan Favale