MLB Barometer: Trade Deadline Review
MLB Barometer: Trade Deadline Review

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

With the non-waiver trade deadline passing Tuesday afternoon, I wanted to take a small step away from the usual format and look at the fallout from each major trade made over the past two weeks.

Playing-time shifts and completely new opportunities are opened up with the flurry of moves this time of year, and navigating those changes for the final third of the season can make a big difference in the standings down the stretch.

A small handful of trades involving bullpen depth pieces, and trades that only involved minor leaguers going both ways were ignored in this piece.

7/18: Orioles traded SS Manny Machado to Dodgers for 2B Breyvic Valera, RF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer and 3B Rylan Bannon.

Justin Turner has played just one game since the Dodgers acquired Machado during the All-Star break, which has lessened the crowding on the depth chart over the past two weeks. Once Turner is healthy, Machado will move back to shortstop, Chris Taylor will likely move to second base, and Max Muncy will settle in at first, though the defensive flexibility of this group allows for everyone to get an occasional day off while still making the pieces fit. Alex Verdugo and Kike Hernandez stand to lose time in the outfield when Cody Bellinger shifts back into center field regularly, though Hernandez will continue to find starts all over the diamond against left-handed starters.

Without Machado, the O's have been playing Tim Beckham

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