Names to watch: MLB Trade Deadline

Who could get dealt before next Wednesday's deadline?

Kyle Powell
July 22, 2019 - 5:36 pm

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Just nine days remain for playoff-hopeful Major League Baseball teams to make their final splashes on the open trade market.

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With the abolishment of the August 31 Waiver Trade Deadline, all eyes are on July 31 even more than before. Now, teams have to undergo even deeper assessments of "who they are" and how likely their chances at a postseason berth stand at said point in the season.

There are definitely some teams out there who are already seen as "sellers", but in my eyes there's almost just as many "on the fence" teams who have a very telling week ahead of them. Should they flourish, they may be more inclined to buy for a push. If they flounder, their focus may shift towards shipping out valuable pieces to other teams with championship aspirations.

Here's a look at some of my possible sellers and teams "on the fence", along with some of their most valuable assets that could be wearing different uniforms come August 1. Buyers around the league are listed within the bullet points.

 

Sellers:

Toronto Blue Jays:

1.) Ken Giles - Closing pitcher

  • 1.64 ERA, 14 saves, 33 innings pitched, 57 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

2.) Marcus Stroman - Starting pitcher

  • 3.06 ERA, 6-10 record, 117.2 innings pitched, 93 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins

3.) Freddy Galvis - Middle infielder

  • .274 batting average, 102 hits, 15 home runs, 47 RBI
  • BEST FITS: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Baltimore Orioles:

1.) Jonathan Villar - Middle infielder

  • .258 batting average, 97 hits, 11 home runs, 42 RBI
  • BEST FITS: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

2.) Trey Mancini - Outfielder/DH/First baseman

  • .289 batting average, 103 hits, 21 home runs, 47 RBI
  • BEST FITS: St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays

3.) Mychal Givens - Relief pitcher

  • 4.23 ERA, 8 saves, 38.2 innings pitched, 52 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Kansas City Royals:

1.) Ian Kennedy - Closing pitcher

  • 3.35 ERA, 17 saves, 40.1 innings pitched, 49 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Detroit Tigers:

1.) Matthew Boyd - Starting pitcher

  • 4.13 ERA, 6-8 record, 120 innings pitched, 160 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins

2.) Shane Greene - Closing pitcher

  • 1.25 ERA, 22 saves, 36 innings pitched, 40 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves?, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

3.) Nicholas Castellanos - Outfielder

  • .284 batting average, 106 hits, 11 home runs, 36 RBI
  • BEST FITS: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Seattle Mariners:

1.) Mike Leake - Starting pitcher

  • 4.27 ERA, 8-8 record, 124.1 innings pitched, 91 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros

 

New York Mets:

1.) Noah Syndergaard - Starting pitcher

  • 4.36 ERA, 7-4 record, 119.2 innings pitched, 118 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins

2.) Zack Wheeler - Starting pitcher

  • 4.69 ERA, 6-6 record, 119 innings pitched, 130 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros

3.) Steven Matz - Starting pitcher

  • 4.75 ERA, 5-6 record, 91 innings pitched, 86 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros

4.) Seth Lugo - Relief pitcher

  • 2.96 ERA, 4-2 record, 48.2 innings pitched, 64 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

5.) Justin Wilson - Relief pitcher

  • 2.87 ERA, 1-1 record, save, 15.2 innings pitched, 13 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Miami Marlins:

1.) Starlin Castro - Middle infielder

  • .247 batting average, 96 hits, 8 home runs, 41 RBI
  • BEST FITS: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

2.) Sergio Romo - Closing pitcher

  • 3.79 ERA, 16 saves, 35.2 innings pitched, 31 strikeouts
  • BEST FITS: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

 

DISCLAIMER: Many of these "best fit" teams could look different if some of the following "on the fence" teams deem themselves to be "sellers" closer to the deadline next Wednesday.

 

"On the fence" teams:

Cleveland Indians:

1.) Trevor Bauer - Starting pitcher

  • 3.67 ERA, 9-7 record, 144.2 innings pitched, 170 strikeouts

2.) Brad Hand - Closing pitcher

  • 2.38 ERA, 27 saves, 41.2 innings pitched, 67 strikeouts

3.) Oliver Perez - Relief pitcher

  • 3.08 ERA, 2-2 record, 26.1 innings pitched, 32 strikeouts

 

Texas Rangers:

1.) Mike Minor - Starting pitcher

  • 2.86 ERA, 8-5 record, 129 innings pitched, 131 strikeouts

2.) Lance Lynn - Starting pitcher

  • 3.93 ERA, 12-6 record, 135 innings pitched, 152 strikeouts

3.) Hunter Pence - DH/Outfielder

  • .290 batting average, 61 hits, 15 home runs, 48 RBI

 

Pittsburgh Pirates:

1.) Starling Marte - Outfielder

  • .276 batting average, 101 hits, 16 home runs, 53 RBI

2.) Felipe Vazquez - Closing pitcher

  • 1.91 ERA, 21 saves, 42.1 innings pitched, 66 strikeouts

 

Cincinnati Reds:

1.) Sonny Gray - Starting pitcher

  • 3.40 ERA, 5-6 record, 103.1 innings pitched, 120 strikeouts

2.) Tanner Roark - Starting pitcher

  • 3.97 ERA, 5-6 record, 102 innings pitched, 101 strikeouts

3.) Raisel Iglesias - Closing pitcher

  • 4.04 ERA, 17 saves, 42.1 innings pitched, 54 strikeouts

 

San Francisco Giants:

1.) Madison Bumgarner - Starting pitcher

  • 3.65 ERA, 5-7 record, 125.2 innings pitched, 127 strikeouts

2.) Buster Posey - Catcher

  • .260 batting average, 65 hits, 5 home runs, 28 RBI

3.) Will Smith - Closing pitcher

  • 2.55 ERA, 24 saves, 42.1 innings pitched, 63 strikeouts

4.) Tony Watson - Relief pitcher

  • 2.88 ERA, 2-0 record, 40.2 innings pitched, 30 strikeouts

 

Colorado Rockies:

1.) Jon Gray - Starting pitcher

  • 4.11 ERA, 9-7 record, 120.1 innings pitched, 124 strikeouts

2.) Scott Oberg - Relief pitcher

  • 1.70 ERA, 5-1 record, 3 saves, 47.2 innings pitched, 51 strikeouts

 

San Diego Padres

1.) Kirby Yates - Closing pitcher

  • 1.05 ERA, 31 saves, 43 innings pitched, 70 strikeouts

 

Arizona Diamondbacks:

1.) Zack Greinke - Starting pitcher

  • 2.93 ERA, W-L record, 135 innings pitched, 123 strikeouts

2.) Eduardo Escobar - Middle infielder

  • .290 batting average, 113 hits, 22 home runs, 78 RBI

3.) Robbie Ray - Starting pitcher

  • 3.92 ERA, W-L record, 117 innings pitched, 152 strikeouts

4.) Greg Holland - Closing pitcher

  • 3.09 ERA, 16 saves, 32 innings pitched, 38 strikeouts

 

The trade deadline next Wednesday is at 4 p.m.

What will your team do?

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