This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Did teams get enough for their star players at the trade deadline? It's impossible to evaluate deals that include prospects on the day they're made, but the general consensus appears to be that both the Athletics and the Rangers did not maximize their returns for Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish. The A's took risks on two injured players with upside (Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian), along with a prospect who has seemingly lost his luster (Jorge Mateo). Meanwhile, the Rangers gave up the scorching Willie Calhoun, but Calhoun doesn't have a position in the field, and the Dodgers were able to keep top prospects Alex Verdugo and Walker Buehler. Similarly, the Yankees did not have to part with Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial or even Justus Sheffield.
It looks as though the Yankees gave up more than the Dodgers on paper, but Gray is controllable through the 2019 season, while Darvish is a rental. Both teams are eyeing the 2017 World Series, but the Bronx Bombers have set themselves up for 2018 and 2019 as well. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have the best rotation in baseball once Clayton Kershaw returns and should be the clear favorite heading into the 2017 postseason.
Where does that leave the A's and Rangers? Oakland took the best offer on the table and is playing for 2019 and beyond. Meanwhile, Texas still hopes to re-sign Darvish in the offseason in a similar style that the