Jesse Yomtov USA TODAY
Published 8:36 AM EDT Aug 1, 2019
Major League Baseball's trade deadline is now behind us and while there were a few fireworks, most of the big names rumored to be available ended up staying put.
Here's a look at 10 of the top players who didn't get traded:
Madison Bumgarner (Giants) – We assumed for the better part of a year that Bumgarner would get dealt ahead of the deadline, but the Giants decided to hold onto their longtime ace. The lefty has been a big part of their hot stretch, posting a 2.51 ERA with 47 strikeouts in his last seven starts – so San Francisco will ride this out.
Will Smith (Giants) – The Giants parted ways with Sam Dyson and Mark Melancon but again, held onto their top bullpen asset in hopes of making a postseason run in the final two months.
Noah Syndergaard (Mets) – Under team control through 2021, Syndergaard's price tag was quite high and the Mets decided to hold on to him in hopes of competing both this year and coming years. Next year's rotation of Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz should be a formidable one.
Zack Wheeler (Mets) – It would have made sense to deal Wheeler, a free agent at the end of the year, but their rotation one through five may be the best in baseball for the rest of the season.
Felipe Vazquez (Pirates) – This was always a bit speculative and the price tag was through the roof for the 28-year-old All-Star closer, who's on an affordable deal through 2023.
Robbie Ray (Diamondbacks) – Ray had a huge price tag and while the Yankees would have seemed like a good fit, they were unwilling to pay up. The 27-year-old is a free agent after the 2020 season, so he'll certainly draw interest in the offseason
Whit Merrifield (Royals) – Another player with a high price tag, the 30-year-old is under team control through 2023 with a bargain-basement salary. Kansas City would have had to be overwhelmed by an offer to move their All-Star.
Matthew Boyd (Tigers) – The 28-year-old lefty is under team control through 2022, which certainly raised Detroit's asking price. His career is trending in the right direction, so don't be surprised to see the Tigers trade him at some point in the future.
Kirby Yates (Padres) – He's been the best closer in baseball in 2019 and with San Diego seemingly ready to contend, it makes sense to hold onto the 32-year-old who won't be a free agent until after the 2020 season.
Mike Minor (Rangers) – An All-Star this year, the 31-year-old lefty's struggles in July (6.04 ERA in four starts) certainly didn't do Texas any favors when it came to his value. He's due $9.8 million next year.