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6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 18:  Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants catches a throw back during the third inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we simply still can't believe didn't get shipped out at the deadline.

6. Ken Giles

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 16:  Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out during a MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on August 16, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners v Toronto Blue Jays | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The 2019 campaign has been a phenomenal one for Giles. Even though he was hit with injuries at the deadline, he was still one of the best relievers available on the market. On the year, he owns a 1.80 ERA as the closer for the Blue Jays. Though Toronto's farm system is in fine shape, they could have gotten a hefty haul for him, especially considering he's still under team control through until 2021.

5. Kirby Yates

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 19: Kirby Yates #39 of the San Diego Padres pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 19, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Padres defeated the Reds 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres v Cincinnati Reds | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It's a bit confusing as to why the Padres held onto Yates at the deadline this year. Though he's still got one year of control left and the Padres might be legitimate contenders in 2020, there's no denying they could have brought in plenty of talent in exchange for him. He's got a 1.07 FIP on the season and has been worth 3.0 fWAR. San Diego could have gotten a king's ransom for his services.

4. Will Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 07: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on June 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants | Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Smith is in the midst of another fantastic year for the Giants. The southpaw reliever has pitched to the tune of a 2.80 ERA this year, and it was even lower at 2.66 at the deadline. He's heading into free agency this offseason, and while the Giants were in the midst of a magical run at the trade deadline, it's simply mind-boggling that they didn't offload him to replenish their barren farm system.

3. Felipe Vazquez

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 16:  Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on August 16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates | Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Vazquez was on the verge of being traded for practically the entire last week leading up to the deadline, yet the Pirates inexplicably couldn't get a deal done. He's pitched to the tune of a career-low 1.95 FIP and would have been a welcomed addition to any contender's bullpen. It's inexcusable that he didn't get dealt, as is the case for so many of the top relievers this season.

2. Madison Bumgarner

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 18:  Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Magical run or not, it's absurd that the Giants didn't ship Bumgarner to a real contender. Their aforementioned farm system is one of the worst in the MLB and Bumgarner is heading into free agency this year. Regardless of his no-trade list, the Giants needed to find a way to send him to a contender. Instead, he's wasting the last year of his contract playing on a team with no chance of making the playoffs and the Giants will get nothing if he walks.

1. Mike Minor

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 21:  Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Talk about not selling high on a player. After a career of rather mediocre pitching, Minor exploded in 2019. He's led American League pitchers in bWAR for practically the entire season and was viewed as one of the best available rotation arms at the deadline. But instead of shipping him out, the Rangers decided to hold onto him. It's especially confusing considering the Rangers went into an 8-16 free-fall in July. They had practically no playoff hopes at the deadline, so this is a big-time head-scratcher.