Arena: 5 Potential MLB Trade Deadline Deals
The MLB trade deadline is right around the corner and some big-time players will surely be switching teams. Last season, key contributors like Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Jay Bruce and Matt Kemp immensely helped their new teams after being traded, with Chapman and Miller eventually squaring off in the World Series.
This year with with several teams mired in mediocrity and a few stand out squads looking to make a push, the deadline figures to be as chaotic as ever. That said, let’s take a look at some potential trades that could shake up the league:
Astros Trade for Johnny Cueto
San Francisco is a clear deadline seller and is apparently open to trading anyone besides Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford. Meanwhile, the Astros have the best record in the MLB, but could use some additional help with their pitching rotation. Thus, a Cueto to Houston trade makes a ton of sense.
Cueto has a 4.20 ERA through 16 starts and has an opt-out clause in his contract that enables him to become a free-agent after the season, so San Francisco may not get much in return for his services. However, the Dominican hurler has been lights-out in the playoffs over the course of his career and still flashes signs of being a bonafide ace. If Houston could get him for a few mid-level prospects, they should jump at the chance.
Dodgers Add Former MVP Josh Donaldson
As the Dodgers surge up the standings and the Blue Jays fall further out of contention, a blockbuster deal like this looks more and more realistic.
The 2015 AL MVP has been limited this season as he’s battle injuries to his knee and calf, but when healthy, he is one of the most complete players in the MLB. For that reason, it may be hard for Toronto to part with the valuable third basemen. Lucky for Los Angeles, they have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and could make Toronto and offer they simply cannot refuse.
A trade package headlined by top 100 prospects in RHP Yadier Alvarez and second basemen Willie Calhoun could do the trick. If Toronto gets greedy and asks for a third top prospect, LA might still consider pulling the trigger due to their lack of a competent third basemen and stockpile of young talent.
A’s Trade Sonny Gray to the Yankees
New York is tussling with the rival Red Sox for first place in the AL East and need to add a starting pitcher if they hope to make some sort of noise in the playoffs. With immense depth in their farm system and big mess in their starting pitching rotation, trading for a player like Sonny Gray makes perfect sense.
Gray has not been particularly hot this season, but he’s only 27, holds a 3.52 career ERA and is under control through 2019. He would fit right in with the Yankees quasi-youth movement while also giving them some immediate stability in the middle of the rotation.
New York has eight of MLB.com’s top 100 prospects and would have no problem giving up a package headlined by No. 95 prospect Chance Adams and No. 98 prospect Dustin Fowler in exchange for Gray.
Rockies Deal for David Robertson
Colorado is going through a prolonged slump at the moment, but their playoff hopes are still alive and well. For once, Colorado finally boasts a starting pitching rotation capable of willing them to the playoffs, but their relievers still leave much to be desired.
In steps Robertson, a steadying hand to help Colorado keep their late game leads. The 32 year-old could function as the Rockies closer or set-up man and his veteran presence alone would be a big boost in the bullpen.
The White Sox are in full on tank mode and would likely accept any young prospects with upside in this potential trade. The Rockies have a few stud prospects in the minor leagues and would likely be able to hold onto them in any deal for Robertson.
This trade may not give Colorado that extra “oomph” needed to displace the Dodgers atop the division, but it would give them some much needed bullpen stability that would help them navigate their way to a wildcard berth.
Braves Pull off a Manny Machado Blockbuster
Typing this just feels wrong. In no way should a 24 year-old phenom like Manny Machado be on the trade block, yet a trade is starting to seem more and more plausible.
The young third basemen will be a free agent following the 2018 season and Baltimore might not be able to field a competitive offer when much better teams in bigger markets have more cap space than them. With that in mind, the Orioles might try to sell-high on the young All-Star before he can walk away for nothing.
Atlanta is not a true contender, but they have proven over the years to be an opportunist. Last year they swooped in and got Matt Kemp for pennies on the dollar. This year, they could throw the book at the Orioles and come away with a tantalizing Dansby-Machado infield pairing.
The Braves farm system is so deep, they could trade a top 10 prospect in infielder Ozzie Albies as well as top 100 pitching prospects Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb and still have 6 top 100 prospects left over.
Machado is only batting .220 right now, but his career mark of .278 and gold glove presence at the hot corner would give Braves fans a reason to come to the new arena.