Greinke joins an already potent Angels rotation. Photo by AP

Now that the mad mid summer dash to improve that is the MLB trade deadline is over, it’s time to look at what trades went down, how the teams did and of course what effect, if any, they had on the rest of the season. The focus will be on the bigger trades that happened and not the minor ones. It’s hard to make a true judgment on which team won a trade mere days after it’s been completed and without a good sample size to judge performance. That hasn’t stopped sports writers in the past and it certainly won’t stop me.

To White Sox: 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis
To Red Sox: P Zach Stewart, UT Brent Lillibridge
The opening salvo of the trade season, everyone knew Youk was on his way out and hissituation probably lowered the asking price. Stewart looks to be no better then an average reliever at best and Lillibridge is already gone, so it wasn’t a great return. Even more so since Youk is doing well on the South Side.

To Orioles: DH Jim Thome
To Phillies: C Gabriel Lino, P Kyle Simon
Thome has contributed to the Os by hitting some homers but also striking out alot. However he’s a boost to a lineup that needed it. Still, the potential Baltimore gave up doesn’t really compensate for it. Lino is young and projects to be a power hitter who can stay at catcher, while Simon could be a fixture in the Phillie bullpen.

To Blue Jays: SP JA Happ, RP Brandon Lyon, P David Carpenter
To Astros: RP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, P Joe Musgrove, P Asher Wojciechowski, P Joe Rollins, C Carlos Perez, PTBNL
A quality for quantity swap that reaches the rare 10 player mark. Toronto gets a back-end starter in Happ and some bullpen depth in Lyon and Carpenter. Houston gets a former closer in Cordero, a backup OF in Francisco and some spare parts that were lying around the Blue Jay office. Of them, Musgrove, Wojciechowski and Perez have the most promise.

To White Sox: RP Brett Myers
To Astros: P Matt Heidenreich, P Blair Walters, PTBNL
The Other Sox get a another arm to help bridge the gap to young closer Addison Reed. Myers was the closer in Houston, but wasn’t that effective, allowing too many hits and not getting enough strikeouts. He could provide value in a set-up role and the prospects the White Sox gave up for him don’t project to make a mark, so the team upgraded its bullpen at low cost.

To Tigers: SP Anibal Sanchez, 2B Omar Infante
To Marlins: SP Jacob Turner, C Rob Brantly, P Brian Flynn
Detroit took care of two needs in one fell swoop adding an arm to the rotation and plugging the hole at second, that will definitely help them in the race for the AL Central. However, they probably gave up too much for an average starter in Sanchez and a solid, if unspectacular, 2B in Infante. The Marlins get an elite prospect in Turner who has top-of-the-rotation potential and two solid prospects in Brantly and Flynn. The edge in this one goes to Miami.

To Yankees: OF Ichiro Suzuki
To Mariners: P DJ Mitchell, P Danny Farquhar
The first real huge trade of the deadline season. Ichiro had become a fixture in the Seattle outfield for over a decade. His desire to play for a contender led to this trade and even though he’s not as effective as he once was, he can still contribute to the Yankees. The Mariners get pitching depth and avoid the potential backlash if they had hung on to their star and not re-signed him in the offseason.

To Pirates: SP Wandy Rodriguez
To Astros: OF Robbie Grossman, P Rudy Owens, P Colton Cain
The Pirates in contention is surreal enough, but they’re also buyers at the trade deadline. Rodriguez was one of the more talked arms in the leadup to the deadline and though his numbers aren’t that good, he’s an upgrade for the Pitt rotation and they have him for next year as well. The Stros continue to stockpile prospects with two young hurlers in Owens and Cain, plus the Bucs Minor League POY last season in Grossman.

LA hopes a change of scenery can re-energize Han-Ram. Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images

To Dodgers: 3B Hanley Ramirez, RP Randy Choate
To Marlins: P Nathan Eovaldi, P Scott McGough
If the Dodgers needed anything it was offense, as evidenced when both Kemp and Ethier were on the DL. Han-Ram is nowhere near the player he once was, but will still form a potent 3-4-5 with Kemp and Ethier. They also got a lefty specialist reliever in Choate. Eovaldi and McGough are a solid return for the Marlins, but there’s a feeling they could’ve gotten a bit more for Ramirez.

To Angels: SP Zack Greinke
To Brwers: 2B/SS Jean Segura, P John Hellweg, P Ariel Pena
Trying to catch division leader Texas and holding off the surging As, the Angels rolled the dice with Greinke who could end up being a rental. The three players they traded for him were all in the team’s top 10 prospect list. Still, in such a tight postseason race, Greinke could turn into a difference maker. Adding him to Wilson, Weaver and Haren definitely makes for a strong rotation down the stretch.

To Giants: 2B/3B/SS Marco Scutaro
To Rockies: IF Charlie Culberson
Oh hey it’s Brian Sabean trading for an old guy past his prime. What a shocker. Scutaro will hold down third while Sandoval is out and shift to the middle infield afterwards. Culberson was once a decent prospect but seems ot have hit his ceiling already, so this probably won’t come back to bite the Giants like the Beltran trade.

To White Sox: SP Francisco Liriano
To Twins: IF Eduardo Escobar, P Pedro Hernandez
The success of this deal depends on which Liriano the White Sox got. Is it the one who got demoted to the bullpen this season? Or the one who emerged from that to post an impressive string of starts? Even if he struggles, the Sox gave up two low-level prospects for him, so the risk is minimal and the team needs to keep pace with the Tigers in the AL Central.

To Diamondbacks: 3B Chris Johnson
To Astros: OF Bobby Borchering, OF Marc Krauss
The Astros appeared to have swindled the D-Backs in this one. Johnson has never really been more then merely average as a player, so giving up so much for him doesn’t make sense. Neither Borchering or Krauss are sure things, but they have alot of potential. Former first round pick Borchering has alot of power, as does Krauss, but both have work to do on their defensive games. However, their promise far outweighs anything Johnson might contribute.

To Braves: SP Paul Malholm, OF Reed Johnson
To Cubs: P Arodys Vizcaino, P Jaye Chapman
On the surface this helps Atlanta in their divisional battle against Washington. Malholm is a durable starter that can slot into the back end of the Braves’ rotation. Johnson can play all 3 positions and can fill the 4th OF spot. The prize for the Cubs is Vizcaino, who is high up on many top prospect lists. He has top of the rotation potential, but had Tommy John surgery during spring training.

To Dodgers: RP Brandon League
To Mariners: OF Leon Landry, P Logan Bawcom
In League, the Dodgers get a former closer who demoted from that role earlier this season, but who will provide more bullpen depth as the team battles the Giants in the NL West. Landry and Bawcom have promise for the Ms, but neither profile as regulars, though could end up as good role players.

To Pirates: OF Travis Snider
To Blue Jays: P Brad Lincoln
In an interesting twist both Snider and Lincoln were 1st round picks back in 2006. Lincoln has been in both the rotation and bullpen this season, but has been more effective as a releiver. For Snider, it’s a change of scenery and a chance to fulfill the promise that got him draft so high.

To Dodgers: OF Shane Victorino
To Phillies: RP Josh Lindblom, P Ethan Martin
Dealing yet again the Dodgers get a proven leadoff man in Victorino who is a threat on the basepaths. He’ll combine with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to form a potent outfield. Lindblom is a solid reliever who should slide right into the Phillie bullpen. Martin is a starter in the minors with decent potential.

To Giants: OF Hunter Pence
To Phillies: OF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph, P Seth Rosin
To say the Giants’ offense is bad is simplfying it. In that waym Pence is a big upgrade and they have him for next season, so no Beltran repeat. The Phillie Phire Sale nets them Schierholtz who could never put together consistent production. Rosin isn’t an elite prospect, unlike Joseph, who was one of SF’s top prospects, though he’s blocked behind the plate by Posey.

To Reds: RP Jonathan Broxton
To Royals: P JC Sulbaran, P Donnie Joseph
The best and deepest bullpen in baseball gets better with this trade. Broxton has really bounced back after a bad year last season and could be the 8th inning guy for closer Aroldis Chapman or even full in for at times. Kansas City gets a pair of nice prospects who are on the rise, with Sulbaran having back-end rotation potential and Joseph as a top releiver in the minors.

Daniels grabbed Dempster right out from under the Dodger’s nose. Photo by AP

To Rangers: SP Ryan Dempster
To Cubs: P Kyle Hendricks, 3B Christian Villanueva
Jon Daniels swooped in like a damn ninja to steal Dempster from the Dodgers and grab the starter the Rangers really needed. The price wasn’t that high, as Hendricks doesn’t project that well and Villanueva has some potential, but maybe Theo knows something we don’t. What makes this even better for Texas is that they didn’t give up top prospects Mike Olt or Jurickson Profar whom were being bandied about in various rumors.