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The trade deadline has come and gone.

All the speculation of who goes where is now old news.

Problem is, you’re sitting there with your team and these players were “potentially” going to be dealt, but weren’t.

There’s nothing more frustrating than rostering someone who would’ve greatly benefited from a change of scenery – so now you’re stuck.

Let’s take a look at five players who should have been traded at the deadline.

Five Players Who Should’ve Been Traded

Batters

Yasiel Puig, RF, Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s no secret, Yasiel Puig has become a mess in the major leagues.

Puig has been criticized for everything he does on and off the field and it looked as if his days in a Dodgers uniform were officially over. Things came to a head hours before the trade deadline and the Dodgers came out and said he’d either be traded or demoted. Now, granted, he’s struggled mightily, but some team that needed help in the outfield had to be willing to take a chance on him. Well, the trade deadline clock ran out and a day later Puig was demoted. It’ll be interesting to see how this story develops.

Zach Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

 

By no stretch of the imagination is Zach Cozart a can’t miss player, but at the shallow position that is shortstop, Cozart has been one of the best.

There were rumors that the Cincinnati Reds and the Seattle Mariners had a trade in place for Cozart and that a “trade would definitely be made.” Well, it never happened, and now Cozart will look to rot on the aging Reds. With the M’s in dire need of a shortstop, Cozart would have fit the bill and would have seen an uptick in his numbers.

 

Pitchers

Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox

Being  a Sale owner, I’m not going to go to the full extent of how frustrated I am with the Chicago front office.

Simply put: The White Sox suck – they suck really, really bad.

Sale is as dominant as they come, but unfortunately everyone behind him doesn’t compare by a long shot. After the White Sox decided to toy with Sale’s ability to make batters swing and miss on a regular basis, they devised a plan to make him become a more contact pitcher so he can pitch longer into games.

Well, needless to say, this has all came to a waste for their 2016 season as the White Sox continue to fall in the AL Central rankings. Seeing Sale in Boston would have been insane.

Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

 Again — like Sale — I’m a Chris Archer owner who was desperately seeking a trade for Archer out of the bottomless pit that is the Tamapa Bay Rays.

Report after report came out that the Los Angeles Dodgers were “all in” on Archer and were willing to depart with a plethora of top prospect to get him. The timing for these reports couldn’t have been any better as Archer and the lowly Rays matched up against the Dodgers in L.A. where Archer dominated his possible future teammates. Well, as you know, it didn’t happen, so now Archer gets to toil in the AL East basement for the rest of the season.

Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

 

Every year that one-year deal pitcher makes a splash during their contract: This year it was Jeremy Hellickson.

After being ostracized in the offseason, Hellickson was scooped up by the ever-rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies. He’s had a solid 2016 campaign and looked to become a trade chip for the Phils to flip and make something out of their one-year man. However, Philadelphia couldn’t find a suitor for the former Rookie of the Year.

 

Rob Moccio

Rob Moccio is an avid fantasy baseball player. He's been the commish of a highly competitive dynasty league, simply named The Sandlot, since 2011. When he's not gushing over fantasy baseball he freelances in sports and comedy writing. Happily living in sunny Florida, Rob resides with his beautiful girlfriend and loving dog.

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