Stock Up, Stock Down: MLB trade deadline winners and losers

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The 2023 MLB trade deadline has come and gone with some teams making plenty of moves to position themselves for a solid final two months and a shot at a deep playoff run in October. Others decided to sell and some chose to stand pat and not buy too much or sell.

Now that the deadline is three days old, in this edition of Stock Up and Stock Down, we will see who were some winners and who were some losers.

Stock Up: MLB trade deadline winner – Baltimore Orioles

Yes, the Baltimore Orioles made one move, but it was a move that can push them over the top in the American League East to win the division over the Tampa Bay Rays.

As the deadline came to a close at 6 p.m. Eastern, the Orioles acquired one of the top pitchers available, Jack Flaherty, from the St. Louis Cardinals. The one need that Baltimore had was a starting pitcher and they passed on Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander and went for a young arm.

Flaherty adds to a rotation that includes Dean Kremer, Tyler Wells, Kyle Brandish, Kyle Gibson, and Grayson Rodriguez. GM Mike Elias could have swung a little bigger by also adding Eduardo Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers after a late potential deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through, but Flaherty is an arm that has had success with the Cardinals and he had a first solid start with the Orioles.

In a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, he allowed just four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts, two walks, and one run. He worked out of a bases-loaded one-out jam in the sixth inning. This has the potential to be a very strong deadline pickup.

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