The National League Central division is a three team race right now. Sitting in first place is the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers second, and Chicago Cubs third. Out of contention are the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Despite only three teams having a realistic shot of making the post season, all five teams were active at this year's trade deadline. Let's do a quick recap of all the trades executed involving the Brewers and their NL Central rivals.
Cincinnati Reds trade deadline moves
1. LHP Sam Moll acquired from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Joe Boyle
Sam Moll has a 4.54 ERA in 45 appearances this year. He has held lefty hitters to a .197 batting average. Joe Boyle was a fifth round draft selection by the Reds in 2020. Adding a relief pitcher is nice, but many expected the Reds to go out and trade some prospects for starting pitching.
Milwaukee Brewers trade deadline moves
1. 1B Carlos Santana acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for SS Jhonny Severino.
2. OF Mark Canha acquired from the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Justin Jarvis.
3. LHP Andrew Chafin acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Peter Strzelecki.
The Brewers needed to add more offense as opposed to pitching at this years deadline and they did just that. They also did not sacrifice any top prospects. Going forward the biggest question will be if the additions of Carlos Santana and Mark Canha can provide a spark to the offense or not.
Chicago Cubs trade deadline moves
1. 3B Jeimer Candelario traded from the Washington Nationals for LHP DJ Herz and SS Kevin Made
2. RHP Jose Cuas acquired from the Kansas City Royals in exchange OF Nelson Velázquez
3. RHP Josh Roberson acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RHP Manuel Rodríguez and RHP Adrian Sampson
Jeimer Cendelario is going to steal the headlines of the Cubs trade deadline moves and rightfully so. They gave up their 14th and 16th ranked prospects in order to get him over the next two months. For being surprise buyers at the deadline they also brought in two fringe MLB pitchers as well.
St. Louis Cardinals trade deadline moves
The Cardinals made a lot of moves and got quite a bit in return. Here are all of their subtractions and additions. Overall they got quite a haul at this year's trade deadline and will look to sort out the pieces in the future as they look towards being contenders again soon.
Subtractions: SS Paul Dejong, RHP Jack Flaherty, RHP Jordan Hicks, LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Génesis Cabrera.
Additions: C Sammy Hernandez, LHP John King, RHP Tekoah Roby, SS Thomas Saggese, RHP Adam Kloffenstein, RHP Sem Robberse, 2B César Prieto, LHP Drew Rom, RHP Zack Showalter, RHP Matt Svanson.
Pittsburgh Pirates trade deadline moves
1. LHP Rich Hill and DH Ji Man Choi traded to the San Diego Padres for LHP Jackson Wolf, 1B Alfonso Rivas and OF Estuar Suero.
2. 1B Carlos Santana traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for SS Jhonny Severino.
The Pirates could have sold a bit more at this year's trade deadline, but they elected to hold onto veteran Andrew McCutchen. All three players they did trade were rentals, so rather than potentially lose them in free agency they at least got prospects in return.
Big picture, it was a fun trade deadline for the National League Central. Of the three contending teams on paper the Chicago Cubs got the most impactful batter in Jeimer Candelario. The Brewers got the most quality players without sacrificing top prospects, and Cincinnati was surprisingly quiet, which should help the Brewers as they battle for first place down the stretch.