Written by: Tre LyDay – Staff Writing Intern (@trelyday03)
The trade deadline is quickly approaching, and teams are looking to either improve their team for a playoff push, or gather prospects for the future. For players who are currently on the trading trade block, their performances are under the microscope. Players like Rich Hill, who have been hurt, need to have solid performances to boost their value.
Rich Hill (Oakland A’s to Texas Rangers)
Rich Hill has been on the trading block for the last couple months, so this should not be a surprise. He seemed to be a good fit for the Orioles, but now it seems like he could be headed to the Rangers. Hill had to leave his last start just five pitches in against the Blue Jays. While it could hurt his value, it was just a blister so it shouldn’t affect his next start. The Rangers are reportedly willing to part with Joey Gallo, and it might not take much more than that considering Hill’s recent health concerns. The Rangers could use another high strikeout pitcher, especially because of how often the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners strike out. It also doesn’t hurt to have two high quality lefties in your rotation.
Jeremy Hellickson (Philadelphia Phillies to Miami Marlins)
The Marlins are reportedly going to make a deal at the deadline, it’s just a matter of who they make a deal for. Hellickson is scheduled to start against the Marlins on Wednesday, so the Marlins’ scouts don’t have to go far to check him out. Miami is open to moving shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in any trade, which would benefit the Phillies, because Hechavarria would be an upgrade defensively for the Phillies. The Marlins are in the playoff hunt owning the second National League Wild Card spot, and they’re not to be taken lightly. They need a solid right hander after Jose Fernandez. Pitching in his contract tear, Hellickson is in the midst of his best season since 2012. He would be a worthwhile rental for a team poised to take the next step.
Josh Reddick (Oakland A’s to Kansas City Royals)
Josh Reddick is in the final year of his contract, so it’s only fitting the Royals would be looking to trade for him. The Royals do not have much to offer in terms of prospects for Reddick, but with the possible prospects the A’s could pull in from a Rich Hill trade, then it may not take a whole lot. I’ve said it before that the Royals need to get away from trading for rentals, but seeing as the Royals don’t have an established everyday right fielder, and they are still vying for a playoff spot they may not have much of a choice. The Royals are also facing a free agent exodus here in the next two years between Hosmer and Moustakas. This could play out in the Royals favor, because the likelihood of re-signing Reddick would be greater than it was for Cueto or Zobrist. Reddick has spent most of the season on the DL, but if he can stay healthy he’d be the help the Royals need in the outfield.
Jonathan Lucroy (Milwaukee Brewers to Cleveland Indians)
Jonathan Lucroy has been on and off the trading block throughout the year. Lucroy most likely hasn’t crossed the minds of the Indians until Sunday. Yan Gomes went down with a shoulder injury that is going to sideline him for 6-8 weeks, which creates a need at the catcher position. The Indians have the prospects to make this trade, and he fits their payroll, because he’s only getting paid $600K this year, and $11M total over a five-year contract. Even after Gomes gets back, the Indians have the option of platooning at catcher and the DH spot. It’s common knowledge across the league that the Indians are pretty picky when it comes to who they give up in trades, but this trade could be one that they’re open to.
Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees to Washington Nationals)
This trade only happens if they Yankees continue to lose ground in the American League East. The Yankees are in the midst of a ten-game homestand that could essentially decide whether they will be buyers or sellers at the deadline. Right now they are 2-2, and back at .500 for what seems like the hundredth time this year. If the Yankees were to blow this homestand, and finish around 3-7, they could look to sell Chapman’s expiring contract. The Yankees do not rebuild, they just reload, but they can do a little of both with this possible trade. The Yankees have been recently scouting the Nationals AAA team, and they’ve had possible scenarios on the table in preparations for a potential slide. If the Yankees were to fall out of the race, then they could get back a decent haul from the Nats, as they have a plethora of top talent in their farm system. Don’t expect Trea Turner to be apart of any deal for Chapman with Danny Espinosa’s possible arbitration coming up at the end of the season.