Lead Story - 8/15/2018
Trade Deadline is upon us but who will move!1 day remains before the non-waiver trading deadline, but with one-third of the teams already out of playoff contention, Major League Baseball is about to unleash its own Black Friday sale (or Thursday). It’s going to be a buyer’s market, and with the amateur draft over, it will start a free-for-all. Here’s a look at the top 20 players, based on their value and likelihood of being traded, on the block the next few Hours or Days:
1. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles, Third Baseman: Machado, a free agent at the season’s conclusion, is on pace to hit 50 homers while playing spectacular defense at either shortstop or third base. The Giants have been the long-rumored destination, but since falling from a division race and barely holding on in the wildcat race they might not pull the trigger but.. Dodger have no 3rd Baseman?
2. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays, third baseman: The Blue Jays don’t have any intention to re-sign him, not with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. around. The trouble is that his value has diminished from this winter with his power woes (13 HR only). Still, you’re talking about one of the most dangerous hitters and ultra-competitors in the game.
3. Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals, closer: One of the best closers still sure to be available and his stock is high, with 18 saves and 43 strikeouts in 41 innings.
4. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays, starting pitcher: The Rays certainly don’t have to trade Archer, their ace, and can patiently wait for someone to meet their price tag. Yet, considering the lack of starting pitching on the trade market, and that Archer is under contract through 2021 for just $24 million after this season, the time may be just right. Many teams could use another starter including the Phillies and Rangers while the A's have been linked to Archer.
5. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles, closer: Britton has struggled a little this season and has only 1 save. moving him will be hard but doable.
6. Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks, starting pitcher: The Diamondbacks have the worst record in the National League. Zack has pitched to a 3.57 ERA and is 2-2. he could be what any contender needs to stay alive but most importantly he is in control for next season as well for only $1
7. Andrew McCutchen, Oakland Athletics, Outfielder: While his numbers are not appealing and his contract a bit high. This Players is just what you need coming of the bench. not to mention the A's are willing to deal him for nothing.
8. Brandon Belt, San Francico Giants, First Baseman: Belt has already said he wants out of SF and even waived his no Trade Clause and with the Giants willing to pay part of his contract this is a player to grab while he is hot. 14HR and no errors so far this season. The Astros have been linked to Belt but its unclear if a move will be made.
9. JD Martinez, Los Angeles Angels, Outfielder: The Angels have fallen bottom of the Division and unclear why they haven't started selling some veterans yet. Martinez has 20 HRs this season and would be a huge improvement to any team. beware his is an all-star so his price may be up.
10. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels, Starting Pitcher: Garrett is 5-11 but his ERA is only 3.81 and is on his last year of contract. a move would be wise and many team could benefit from his service. The Yankees and Phillies have been tied to Him.
11. Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays, Catcher: All Star Catcher Wilson Ramos has been heavenly linked to a move to the Mets but a deal has yet to be struck. Wilson has 20 Hrs to his name and is batting .261. Anybody looking for a catcher he has been made available by the Rays.
12. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks, First Baseman: Power hitter with 23 HRs and 21 Doubles. The Arizona man has been thoroughly scouted by the Astros and Athletics but can anyone meet his price tag?
13. Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates, Outfielder: This might not happen but why not move your hottest player. he has a cannon arm and is hitting .291, not to mention is under contract for next season.
14. Santiago Casillas, Oakland Athletics, Reliever: 1.88 Era says it all for a guy playing in Oakland thats impressive. he is on his final year of contract so picking this guy up to work in the 8th or even close the game is not a bad idea.
15.Bryce Harper, Chicago Whitesox, Outfielder: Why not move a guy worth $22 a year. are they doing it because they give up in the season or they want payroll relief? either way he can definitely bolster a lineup somewhere.
Other players worth mentioning
16. Drew Smyly, Seattle Mariner, Starting Pitcher
17. Jonathan Lucroy, Cincinnati Reds, Catcher
18. Jeremy Hazelbacker, Arizona Diamondbacks
19. Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics, Outfielder
20. Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics, second Baseman