Sports That Matters
July 16th, 2019
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1. Major League Baseball trade deadline is July 31st., who is staying and who is going?!
1. Will Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Bauer be on the move?
Trevor Bauer is someone that a contending team could use but the Indians would have to get a lot to send him packing. The Indians have to balance the hope of winning in 2019 and the sustainability of the club moving forward.
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants are in a different situation then Bauer and the Indians. Bumgarner is a piece that not only contending teams could use but other clubs trying to complete a rebuild can count on for the future.
The Giants will be in the selling mode so look for Bumgarner to be a chip that can pay huge dividends with young talent and draft picks.
2. Other top pitchers that could be on the move.
Detroit Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd is someone who will be on the move sooner than later. The breakout 28-year-old, has struck out 12 per nine and issued just 1.89 BB/9 at the same time.
Teams are lining up considering Boyd’s 2019 production, his $2.6MM salary and his three remaining seasons of arbitration control make him appealing.
Jacob deGrom the New York Mets righty can be a great addition for a playoff team at age 31. However, don’t look for the Mets to deal deGrom. deGrom and Noah Syndergaard should be the duo that the Mets should continue to build around if the Mets want to get to the playoffs.
Mike Leake as a back-end starter who’s owed the balance of $36MM through 2020, including $9MM from his prior team, the Cardinals, and a $5MM buyout in 2021, there isn’t much trade value here. However the Diamondbacks did try to get Leake early in the year so you never know who might pull the trigger.
3. Who are the big buyers?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have played lights out thus far, even with a number of injuries this season. The only weakness might be the middle of the bullpen. look for the Dodger to make a bid for Edwin Diaz, and or Felipe Vazquez.
Of course, the other buyers would be the New York Yankees. Just about every year at this time the Yankees are looking for pitching. The Yankees have the prospect surplus to get a pitcher like Matthew Boyd or Trevor Bauer.
If the Yankees can pull off a Bumgarner deal the rotation of Bumgarner, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Domingo German and CC Sabathia can be a force down the stretch. Lets not forget maybe the best of them all Luis Severino coming back this season!
The Houston Astros like the Dodgers are getting healthy and in the last few seasons have used the trade deadline to get a starting pitcher. My guess for the Astros would be Toronto Blue Jay Marcus Stroman.
Another top-level veteran for October makes a lot of sense for the Atlanta Braves. If the Diamondbacks decide to shut it down after a poor next week or two the best bet for the Braves would be Zack Greinke.
The Minnesota Twins have are the big surprise of the season. The one weakness in the middle of the bullpen. Look for the Twins who have a real chance to make some noise in the playoffs to track Will Smith, Kirby Yates and Ken Giles.
4. Who are the big sellers?
The San Francisco Giants have a lot of talent to help teams rebuild. Plenty of young players that can be used for future pieces. Don’t be surprised if Buster Posey is dangled out there but must go players at this point are Pablo Sandoval ,Brandon Belt and Joe Panik.
Other than the Giants the Toronto Blue Jays are ready to drop roster players. They have plenty that could help them build around the young talent the have brought up. Pitchers available Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles, Daniel Hudson, Sam Gaviglio, Joe Biagini, Aaron Sanchez.
Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith are two prime targets that can bring back pieces for the Giants rebuild. Other chips that can be played are Reyes Moronta, Sam Dyson, Tony Watson, Mark Melancon.
If the Arizona Diamondbacks decide to become sellers will have the prospects and salary flexibility to set themselves up for next season. Pitchers like Robbie Ray, Zack Greinke and closer Greg Holland all can be late season help to contenders. Position players that the Dbacks are willing to let go are catcher Alex Avila and outfielder David Peralta.
5. Other players that could be on the move.
The Baltimore Orioles are terrible and really the only piece to get anything back is Trey Mancini. The 27-year-old has batted a strong .281 with 17 homers has a minimum salary in 2019 and has three seasons of arbitration control left, he could interest teams as a long-term offensive building block.
Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks is becoming an interesting pitching piece. The Brewers would like Ray but have to fend off Philadelphia, Houston, and the New York Yankees.
6. Mid-July MLB Power Rankings.
- New York Yankees
- Minnesota Twins
- Houston Astros
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Oakland A’s/Cleveland Indians
- LA Dodgers
- Atlanta Braves
- Chicago Cubs
- Washington Nationals
- St. Louis Cardinals/Milwaukee Brewers/Arizona DBacks