Jennifer Stewart / Stringer

A Different Season of Buying and Selling as MLB Teams Look to Deal

July 23, 2019 - 5:24 pm

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just nine days away and the action is heating up in the front offices of the contending teams. Do not forget that this is the one and only trade deadline this season. This has never happened before in the history of the MLB which makes trades even more important.

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The 67-win Dodgers intend to get better by adding a star late-inning relief pitcher. Even with a 15.5 game lead over the D-backs and Giants, LAD is looking ahead to the playoffs and what it will take to win it all in 2019. Ken Giles of the Blue Jays and Chris Martin from Texas are possible targets.

No one in the Tampa Bay area may be going to see the Rays play baseball but the front office is intent on trying to make the playoffs. Right now, the Rays are one game out of contention for the second Wild Card slot. They could use another hitter but good hitters are very expensive. The Rays will most likely make a move on a pitcher. If they do go for a bat, Hunter Pence of the Rangers has been mentioned as a possibility.

You know the Yankees are in the market to get better. The rumor mill is the Diamondbacks had scouts at Yankees minor league games looking over prospects. The “Bronx Bombers” are coveting Arizona starting pitcher Robbie Ray. The Rangers Mike Minor has also been mentioned as a target for the Yankees.

As if the Astros do not have enough pitching right now, they are in the market for an additional starter to help them in the postseason. RHP Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays is said to on their radar. Houston may also be willing to take a chance on Zack Wheeler of the Mets despite the shoulder fatigue.

The Twins have relief pitching on their minds and Will Smith could be the answer for them. It’s no secret that Smith is available, and Minnesota has a minor league system that is packed full of young talent. Smith could have a “TC” on his chest very soon.

The Braves want a starting pitcher and the Diamondbacks Zack Greinke is available for the right price. Greinke is “long in the tooth” at 35-years old, but he’s also has started 21 games, posting a 10-4 record with a 2.92 ERA so far this season.

Other possibilities:

  • The Mets Todd Frazier could wind up in Boston.
  • Corey Dickerson of the Pirates could end up in the Oakland outfield.
  • The market has gone very soft for the Giants Madison Bumgarner.


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