It was absurd a month ago, and it might not make sense now, but if the New York Yankees don’t start changing their lot, why can’t they be sellers by the deadline? exchanges, even if it’s just listening to the offers of outfielder Judge Aaron?
The San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Boston Red Sox have all opened the year in different stages of rebuilding, but barring a collapse next month, how can they trade Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant or Nick Pivetta, respectively?
The Tampa Bay Rays were sellers in the winter, ditching Cy Young winner Blake Snell. But here they are now six months later with the best record in the American League (39-24). Will they be buyers now at maturity hoping to return to the World Series?
The Minnesota Twins were built to win right now, and the Arizona Diamondbacks were confident they could claim at least a wild card spot, but two months into the season they’re a month away from selling. .
The deadline for no-waiver trades is exactly 50 days Thursday, and while CEOs and executives don’t believe we’ll see a wave of trades until the last days of July, there does appear to be some action, although only 10 teams are eligible. for playoff spots up from 16 a year ago.
Yet who is going to buy, and what price are they willing to pay?
Here are the biggest names that could be moved by the July 30 deadline:
Best entry available
RHP Max Scherzer, Washington National
There isn’t a contender who wouldn’t want the future Hall of Famer to be at the top of the rotation, knowing that he is still one of the best pitchers in the game, winning three Cy Young awards and finishing in the top. 5th Cy Young poll in each of the past seven full seasons. He might be 37 in July, but he still leads the National League with 104 strikeouts in 77 innings to go along with his 2.22 ERA.
The perfect fit is with the St. Louis Cardinals, who passed on the hometown hero as a free agent.
The Cardinals, with three-fifths of their starting rotation on the injured list – including ace Jack Flaherty who could be out for two months with his oblique injury – are in desperate need of a starter. Scherzer is a free agent at the end of the season, and with his family still living in the St. Louis area, they would have a huge advantage in retaining him.
The Cardinals, after securing All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado in February, could easily pack top third baseman Nolan Gorman.
Best relief available
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Chicago Cubs
The Cubs have yet to notify teams that their closest is in the block, but they plan to listen no matter where they are in the standings.
Simply put, Kimbrel could bring back the perspectives they need to strengthen their farming system while staying the course.
He’s never pitched better since joining the Cubs three years ago, with a 0.72 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 25 innings. He has extensive playoff experience and, if a team so chooses, can recoup his $ 16 million club option in 2022.
The Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers could definitely call.
Best available infielder
SS Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
The story tells friends that he won’t be returning to Colorado, and with his free agency and a looming paycheck of at least $ 250 million, the Rockies didn’t bother to negotiate. to try to keep it.
The story has been out since May 28 with inflammation of the right elbow, but it returns this week.
It would be perfect for A’s, who are paying the price for not trying to keep Marcus Semien. The story also fits their budget, with around $ 5.9 million remaining in his $ 17.5 million salary.
When the Rockies start to talk seriously, the teams will also be asking about starters German Marquez and Jon Gray. Gray is a free agent at the end of the season and will certainly be available while Marquez would need a hefty package given his friendly contract which pays him $ 7.5 million this year, $ 11 million in 2022, $ 15 million in 2023 and a $ 16 million club option in 2024.
Best outfielder available
BY Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds
If Castellanos continues to play like this, keeping the Reds afloat in the NL Central, the Reds could decide to hang on to him.
Castellanos, who initially signed a four-year, $ 64 million contract, is having the best year of his career. He hits a .355 in the league lead with a base percentage of .412 and a slugging percentage of .622 to go with his 12 homers and 33 RBIs.
But the way he hits, he will likely pull the last two years, $ 32 million from his contract. The Reds, if they are out of the race, could secure a nice package for him before he returns to free agency.
Best all-rounder available
UT Adam Frazier, Pirates of Pittsburgh
If the Cubs collapsed completely, Bryant would easily be the most versatile player around.
Still, Bryant is playing so well these days that he makes himself unchangeable.
The Pirates, who are in the early stages of their rebuilding, know they have a valuable trading chip in Frazier, who has a .329 / .392 / .468 line while playing second base and three spots across the field. outside.
It would be a great fit for the Yankees, who are battling lefties.
The Pirates will also host pitchers Bryan Reynolds, Richard Rodriguez and Trevor Cahill.
Team with the most popular players
The Twins certainly had no intention of taking this route, built to win their third straight AL Central title.
Instead, they’ve had an epic slump, and they’re already 13 games away from first place with a 24-37 record.
You name them, they are available.
Want a pitcher? Take your pick from Jose Berrios, JA Happ, Michael Pineda, Matt Shoemaker, Hansel Robles and Alex Colome.
Do you need an infielder? Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is your man.
Do you need a powerful DH? Few come better than Nelson Cruz.
Do you need an outfielder? The price can be steep, but talented center fielder Byron Buxton could solve many problems.
The most uncertain team buys, sells
New York Yankees
They are an offensive mess.
They can’t score, averaging 3.87 races per game, the lowest pace by a Yankee team since 1990.
The Yankees sit in third place, 33-29, losing 10 of their last 15 games and sliding into obscurity.
Are they always going to do it, hoping that an outfielder like Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks or left-handed hitter Joey Gallo can give them a significant boost, with the 0.1 WAR of their lowest outfielder in baseball?
Are they selling for the first time since 2016, finally ditching wide receiver Gary Sanchez and outfielder Clint Frazier, trading Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela, and even listening to right fielder Aaron Judge?
Or do they just stay pat?
There are 50 days left before teams officially decide whether to continue shopping, start selling, or just wait for the next sale this winter.
Stay tuned for a potential shopping spree in a city near you.
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