I could do a thorough trade deadline review, but that would take forever. So instead, here's a review/analysis of the trades made by the 3 teams I follow, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox.
Pirates: 3B Aramis Ramirez
Brewers: RP prospect Yhonathan Barrios
2015: 88G, 332PA, 25R, 73H, 20 2B, 11HR, 44RBI, 16BB, 44K, .236/.280/.408 (.688 OPS)
2015: 1-3, 2.55era, 35G, 13SV, 42.1IP, 39H, 15R (12ER), 18BB/22K, 1.346WHIP
With both Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer out until late August at the earliest, the Pirates needed some corner infield help. So it just so happens that they reunite with Aramis Ramirez. He had a slow start to the year, but has been heating up since June. In return, the Pirates gave up position player turned pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. He's reached AAA this year, but has had control problems.
Red Sox: IF Josh Rutledge
Angels: OF Shane Victorino
2015: (w/AAA) 81G, 351PA, 51R, 92H, 21 2B, 4 3B, 6HR, 34RBI, 21BB/67K, .286/.336/.432 (.768 OPS)
2015: 36G, 117PA, 11R, 24H, 2 2B, 1HR, 4RBI, 10BB/18K, .231/.310/..279 (.589 OPS)
This move was more of a pure salary dump for Boston. Also, it opens up an OF spot for international signee Rusney Castillo so Boston can see what they really got with him. If Rutledge turns out to be a productive utility player, it'll just be a plus. The Angels meanwhile stockpiled corner OF'ers during the deadline, also getting David Murphy and David DeJesus, so they certainly now have options. Victorino should also be a nice veteran presence for that team down the stretch.
(The Red Sox wouldn't win the 2013 WS w/o Victorino's play that season)
Pirates: P Joe Blanton
Royals: Cash Considerations
2015: 2-2, 3.92era, 16G (4 GS), 2SV, 43.2IP, 45H, 20R(19ER), 7BB/42K, 1.191WHIP
Blanton had been designated by the Royals, so his acquisition didn't cost much for the Pirates. Blanton has had pretty good results in his comeback this year, so he should be able to provide the Pirates with some solid long relief and/or spot starts.
Rangers: SP Cole Hamels/RP Jake Diekman
Phillies: SP Matt Harrison/C prospect Jorge Alfaro/OF prospect Nick Williams/P prospect Jake Thompson/P prospect Alec Asher/P prospect Jerad Eickhoff
2015: 6-7, 3.76era, 21G/GS, 1CG, 1SO, 136.1IP, 121H, 58R/57ER, 40BB/143K, 1.181WHIP
2015: 2-1, 4.89era, 44G, 38.2IP, 40H, 23R/21ER, 25BB/50K, 1.681WHIP
2015: 1-2, 6.75era, 3G/GS, 16IP, 19H, 12R/ER, 6BB/5K, 1.563WHIP
2015: 49G, 207PA, 22R, 48H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 5HR, 21RBI, 9BB/61K, .253/.314/.432 (.746 OPS)
2015: 97G, 415PA, 56R, 113H, 21 2B, 4 3B, 13HR, 45RBI, 32BB/77K, .299/.357/.479 (.836 OPS)
2015: 6-6, 4.72era, 17G/GS, 1CG, 87.2IP, 94H, 51R/46ER, 30BB/78K, 1.414WHIP
2015: 4-10, 4.43era, 20G/GS, 107.2IP, 110H, 56R/53ER, 37BB/97K, 1.365WHIP
2015: 10-4, 4.11era, 20G/19GS, 111.2IP, 102H, 52R/51ER, 36BB/107K, 1.236WHIP
We now get to a blockbuster, as the Rangers came out on top in the Hamels sweepstakes. Altogether, this is a win-win deal for the Rangers and the Phillies. Cole Hamels provides Texas with a much needed top of the rotation arm with Yu Darvish still recovering from TJ surgery. Hamels will also allow the Rangers to ease Darvish back in 2016. With some salary relief also exchanging hands, the Phillies were able to get some highly regarded prospects back in Alfaro/Williams/Thompson.
Pirates: RP Joakim Soria
Tigers: SS/OF prospect Jacoby Jones
2015: 3-1, 2.74era, 45G, 24SV, 42.2IP, 33H, 13R/ER, 13BB/37K, 1.078WHIP
2015: 99G, 448PA, 55R, 105H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 13HR, 66RBI, 33BB/115K, .262/.320/.419 (.739 OPS)
A very solid acquisition by the Pirates. As we saw with the Royals during their 2014 run, its crucial to have a powerful BP bridge to shut down a game. Soria provides the Pirates with just that with Hughes/Watson/Soria/Melancon. The Tigers get a power-hitting prospect back, but one who is somewhat without a natural position.
Red Sox: RP Ryan Cook
Athletics: Cash Considerations
2015: 0-2, 10.38era, 4G, 4.1IP, 7H, 5R/ER, 3BB/3K, 2.308WHIP
Obviously Cook's numbers don't look so hot in a brief sample this year, but he's dealt with injuries on and off. He's had a fairly solid track record from 2012-14, posting 9.0+ K/9, with era's ranging from 2.09 to 3.42. He was a 2012 All-Star with Oakland as well. Maybe Cook won't get his groove back, or maybe this will pan out like the Craig Breslow trade of 2012.
Rangers: RP Sam Dyson
Marlins: C prospect Tomas Telis/LHP prospect Cody Ege
2015: 3-4, 3.72era, 46G, 1SV, 46IP, 45H, 22R/19ER, 17BB/41K, 1.348WHIP
2015: 71G, 303PA, 43R, 83H, 15 2B, 1 3B, 5HR 26RBI, 14BB/31K, .292/.327/.405 (.732 OPS) (had a brief cup of coffee with the Rangers this season, these are his minors numbers)
2015: 6-2, 0.97era, 36G, 2SV, 46.1IP, 34H, 13R/5ER, 23BB/65K, 1.230WHIP
Sam Dyson comes with a lot of control (at least until 2020). He should provide a stable presence in the Rangers BP. You could make the argument that the Marlins got a better package in return here than in the Mat Latos deal.
Pirates: 1B/OF Michael Morse/Cash considerations
Dodgers: OF Jose Tabata
2015: 53G, 174PA, 8R, 34H, 4 2B, 4HR, 12RBI, 12BB/55K, .213/.276/.313 (.588 OPS)
2015: 27G, 38PA, 2R, 11H, 4RBI, 2BB/7K, .289/.341/.289 (.631 OPS)
Tabata's career hasn't taken off since his early contract extension with the Pirates. This year he's seen split time between the minors and majors (his major numbers are shown here). The Pirates did well to free themselves of Tabata, and in return get a player who was a fairly big piece of the Giants 2014 WS run. While Morse hasn't been nearly as productive this year, he should at least provide a solid bat off the bench.
Pirates: P J.A Happ
Mariners: P prospect Adrian Sampson
2015: 4-6, 4.64era, 21G/20GS, 108.2IP, 121H, 58R/56ER, 32BB/82K, 1.408WHIP
2015: 9-8, 3.94era, 22G/GS, 132.1IP, 142H, 62R/58ER, 29BB/100K, 1.292WHIP
With the news that A.J Burnett could be out for 4 weeks with a flexor strain, this move provides the Pirates with some SP depth. While Happ isn't spectacular by any means, he should be able to take on innings in the rotation down the stretch.