Norris should be a solid addition for Baltimore.  Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Norris should be a solid addition for Baltimore as it looks to stay in the AL East hunt.
Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

It could have been the effect of the extra wild card spot, the looming Biogenesis suspensions or just the lack of available big names, but MLB’s trade deadline this season had a distinct lack of activity. When Bud Norris was the biggest name being moved in the final hours, you know something was up. Still there were several deals that could have big impacts in September and beyond, so let’s take a look at the major ones.

Orioles get SP Scott Feldman, C Steve Clevenger
Cubs get SP Jake Arrieta, RP Pedro Strop
The opening salvo at the beginning of July, Feldman had been a very solid starter for the Cubs. He hasn’t been all that great in Baltimore, but there is still time. In return the Cubs get Arrieta, who has shown flashes of promise despite struggling with consistency, and a good-but-not-great bullpen arm in Strop. So a pretty decent haul for a guy they only signed for one year in the offseason.

Dodgers get SP Ricky Nolasco
Marlins get P Josh Wall, P Steve Ames, P Angel Sanchez
Probably the surest bet to be moved before the deadline, Nolasco is not an ace type starter but he will be a good innings eater for LA. In return for him the lowly Marlins only got a trio of arms that have minimal upside, which would have you thinking they could’ve gotten more for their biggest trading chip.

 Red Sox get RP Matt Thornton
White Sox get OF Brandon Jacobs
This is the kind of deal that won’t get alot of press, but nevertheless could pay huge dividends. Boston was in need of a lefty reliever after losing Andrew Miller and got a very durable one in Thornton. The South Siders got a promising prospect in Jacobs, so this looks like a deal that could work out for both teams.

Rangers get SP Matt Garza
Cubs gets 3B Mike Olt, SP Justin Grimm, SP CJ Edwards, PTBNL
Arguably the biggest prize of the deadline, Garza has been very good coming back from injury and should help as the Rangers try to catch Oakland. The Cubs continued to stockpile talent and the centerpiece was the power hitting Olt who was blocked by Beltre in Arlington. They also got a solid starter in Grimm and a fast-rising prospect in Edwards.

Orioles get RP Francisco Rodriguez
Brewers get 3B Nick Delmonico
Rodriguez was stellar as the closer for Milwaukee after John Axford faltered and while he won’t close in Baltimore with Jim Johnson already there, he’ll nevertheless be a good setup man down the stretch. In return the Brewers get Delmonico, one of the O’s top prospects, who has a shot to be a regular in the future.

Yankees get LF Alfsonso Soriano
Cubs get SP Corey Black
The Cubs finally got a taker for Soriano and it was the club where it all began for him. He will definitely help boost the offense of the injury-riddled Yankees. By agreeing to eat most of Soriano’s remaining salary, Chicago was able to get a solid prospect with good upside in Corey Black.

Peavy stays a Sox as he heads to Boston.  Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Peavy stays a Sox as he heads to Boston.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Red Sox get SP Jake Peavy, RP Brayan Villarreal
Tigers get SS Jose Iglesias
White Sox get OF Avisail Garcia, SS Cleuluis, P JB Wendelken, P Francellis Montas
The Peavy deal that had been heavily rumored finally went down the day before the deadline. Boston won the sweepstakes and got the the arm they needed with Buchholz still on the shelf as they look to keep up with the Rays. Plus, he’s under control beyond this season which adds to the value and they also got another bullpen arm in Villarreal from the Tigers in the three team swap. In return the Sox sent a trio of low level prospects to the White Sox and Iglesias to Detroit, who will serve as insurance with the Biogenesis thing hanging over Jhonny Peralta. To complete the deal, the Tigers sent the promising Garcia to the South Side.

Padres get SP Ian Kennedy
Diamondbacks get RP Joe Thatcher, RP Matt Stites, Comp Round B Pick
Despite Kennedy having an underwhelming the season and the Padres being out of contention, the team made this deal. Perhaps this is a buy-low scenario in hopes he can regain his 2011 form. The DBacks get a  pair of solid relievers in Thatcher, who can help them now, and Stities, who could do the same down the road, as well as the Padres’ pick right after the second round.

Orioles get SP Bud Norris
Astros get OF LJ Hoes, SP Josh Hader, Comp Round A Pick
The big deal this season that went down to the wire was the Os adding  yet another starter. Not exactly a headline grabbing move, Norris is an underrated pitcher who eats innings and has a decent record, despite playing for the lowly ‘Stros. Houston continues to stockpile talents and got a few good ones in Hoes, one of Baltimore’s top prospects, and Hader who has shown promise in the low minors. They also got a comp pick in the sandwich round right after the first.