Predicting landing spots for MLBs top trade candidates


Predicting landing spots for MLBs top trade candidates Ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, theScores six MLB editors predict where the biggest trade candidates will land. Players are listed in alphabetical order. Despite plenty of interest, the Indians probably opt to keep Bauer as they attempt to chase down the Twins in the division. Expect Cleveland to revisit trade talks in the offseason, however. Theres really no consensus on where Boyd goes. It likely depends on whether the Tigers lower their asking price, or if teams in pursuit of pitching fail to land their desired targets and pivot to the left hander. What originally seemed like Bumgarners swan song has quickly turned into a potential postseason push in San Francisco. Perhaps the Giants apparent reluctance to trade MadBum is merely a tactic to drive up the price, but its increasingly looking like hell stay put. Castellanos could provide right handed depth for any contender. The Phillies have obvious holes and the Cubs are also shopping for an offensive weapon. The Indians and their disappointing outfield arguably make the most sense, but it remains to be seen if the Tigers are willing to trade within the division. The Yankees have consistently said they dont want to move the slugging redhead, but hes probably their best trade chip in the chase for a frontline starter. Theres still a chance he stays put, but it wouldnt be surprising to see him included in a deal for Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, a package of Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, or even Trevor Bauer, which would send him back to Cleveland after he was part of the Andrew Miller trade. Fraziers defensive flexibility would allow the Brewers to use him at either corner infield position and hed give them some additional power from the right hand side. He could also allow Milwaukee to potentially move Jesus Aguilar for pitching help. There arent a lot of teams looking for a shortstop, but the Rays need more from the position than what Willy Adames is giving them this season. Galvis has a team friendly option for next season, which could allow Tampa to move him in the offseason or keep him. Giles has been a revelation for the Blue Jays and could wind up being the linchpin in further restocking their farm system for the rebuild. There are rumblings he could be packaged alongside Marcus Stroman, but it depends on whats offered. Plenty of teams need bullpen help and Giles is the best reliever almost guaranteed to be traded. Minnesota needs to lock down the late innings if it wants to hold off Cleveland. The Dodgers and Nationals are expected to land top level relievers, so dont be surprised if both teams are linked to the best arms especially those with multiple years of control. Los Angeles superior farm system might be the difference maker. Odds are Greinke sticks with the D Backs due to his lofty contract. Still, teams like the Cardinals or Yankees would benefit from adding a starter of his caliber and theoretically have the prospects and money to make it happen. With 23 home runs, Mancini is having the best season of his young career after hitting 24 in each of the last two campaigns. Hes improved his offense across the board and is close to setting career highs in extra base hits and runs scored, and he hasnt played 100 games yet. The Orioles may not be fully inclined to move him, but hes also going to yield the best return. Given their need for a left handed starter who pitches deep into games, expect the Phillies to zero in on Minor. With fewer years of control, Minor is expected to cost less than Matt Boyd, which makes him even more attractive for Philadelphia. Puig has emerged as an excellent trade chip with the Reds falling out of the race, especially after his strong rebound from a horrendous start. Since June 14, Puig is batting .352/.408/.695 with 11 home runs, nine doubles, and four stolen bases. The Phillies make a ton of sense with Andrew McCutchen out for the season. He should go to a contender before hitting free agency in the offseason. With the D Backs fading in the standings and their competitive window closing, its time to move on from the lefty strikeout artist. Ray will bolster any rotation, and though his propensity to issue walks will shorten his outings, he has an 11.8 K/9 since 2016. The Padres arent duty bound to move Renfroe unless they receive a big time offer. Long one of the teams most highly touted young sluggers, hes fully unlocked the power stroke everyone suspected he possessed. He has 28 homers in 94 games, and though he barely hits better than .240, his ability to go deep makes up for it. Chances are he stays in San Diego. Every rebuilding team should just sign a bucket of veteran relievers because contenders always need bullpen help at the deadline. Case in point: Romo will fetch the Marlins more than either Starlin Castro or Curtis Granderson, and could immediately slide into a relatively high leverage spot. Hed be a solid setup man for Sean Doolittle in Washington, Josh Hader in Milwaukee, or Blake Treinen in Oakland. If the Red Sox get him, he might just slot in as Bostons closer. Alternatively, a return to the Rays, where he became the first opener ever, would help bolster a bullpen that has sorely missed Jose Alvarado. The market for first baseman/designated hitters even switch hitters could prove less than vibrant, so the return for the former All Star may be muted. There are teams in need of extra pop, but dont expect much more than a lottery ticket in return. Stroman is almost a lock to be moved, and there are a ton of teams lining up to grab him. Toronto will presumably be asking for the moon, especially after unceremoniously dumping Josh Donaldson for minor leaguer Julian Merryweather last season. The Yankees and Twins seem to be co favorites, but the Astros, Rays, Phillies, Braves, Cardinals, and Brewers all need starting pitching for the stretch run. Any return for Sogard, who signed a minor league deal in the offseason, would be a win for the Blue Jays. The Cubs have a need and have already spoken to Toronto about a potential deal. Their historic rival, the Cardinals, might need some infield bench help as well, though, with Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter both currently sidelined. For the Mets to trade Syndergaard, theyll need a kings ransom in return and they might just get it. In addition to the teams garnering votes here, the Astros are also kicking tires on him. Theres a chance he stays in Queens since hes under team control until 2022, but the Mets are listening. Like the Padres with Kirby Yates, the Pirates arent necessarily inclined to move their electric reliever. The 28 year old is signed to an extremely team friendly contract that runs through 2023 thanks to a pair of team options. GM Neal Huntington doesnt want to trade Vazquez, who looks like hell finish the year in Pittsburgh. It seems more and more likely the Mets choose Wheeler over Noah Syndergaard long term, partially because they can get a larger return for Thor. With Syndergaard on the move, an extension for Wheeler makes the most sense unless someone absolutely blows the Mets away. Yates will supplant Ken Giles as the best reliever on the market if the Padres make him available, but its increasingly looking like hell finish out the season in San Diego. If he gets dealt, its probably happening in the offseason, barring an exceptional deadline offer. Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. Related slideshow: 2019 MLB season provided by imagn

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