3 MLB Trades That Could Shake Things Up
The 2015 MLB trade deadline is just under two full weeks away, meaning any MLB teams hoping to make a playoff push or even a deep playoff run may want to make some deals to bolster their rosters.
Whether it’s pitching, defense or hitting they’re after, several teams have some holes they could address, and there are more than a few big names on the trading block that could make a huge impact if they switch teams.
Who are the top names and the top trade scenarios? Let’s break down the three biggest moves that could go down before July 31st:
Johnny Cueto to Los Angeles Dodgers
The Reds aren’t very good and the Dodgers could use another arm. In other words, this trade makes sense. It’s not quite as simple as that, especially not when Cueto is an elite ace and the Dodgers certainly aren’t the only team that would love to have him.
Along with L.A., the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros have been tied to Cueto, so the interest is clear and at a high level. This was all just hot wind only a week ago, but with the Reds now open to trade talk, Cueto could seriously be on the move.
If that’s the case, he’s almost certainly destined to be shipped off to the Dodgers. Los Angeles has one of the richest farm systems and they’ll surely be willing to part with some key young prospects to land a third ace to round out an elite pitching rotation that is already headed by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. With strong 8/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, adding an arm like Cueto would push L.A. that much further. There are no guarantees in baseball, but if Los Angeles can snag Cueto, well, forget about it.
Ben Zobrist to Washington Nationals
The New York Mets have long been after the versatile Zobrist, but with the Athletics very open to trading him (and others), it’s starting to look like he could have several potential destinations. One of those could be the Washington Nationals, who remain a very strong World Series contender (7/1 odds) and rest atop the NL East with a stout 49-39 record. They really don’t have a ton of offense beyond Bryce Harper, though, and could use Zobrist’s healthy bat and solid defense. There will be other competition, but with the Nats a lot closer to getting over the hump than the Mets, they look like the stronger bet to make a deal happen.
Cole Hamels to New York Yankees
The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the worst baseball teams right now and that isn’t changing anytime soon, so it only makes sense that the front office would get all they can for their best player while he’s hot. That is easily Hamels, who has had some rocky starts in 2015 but overall still deals like an ace and could help the right team make a strong playoff push/run.
Philly seems to have flirted with the idea of waiting on trading Hamels until the off-season, but with so many teams showing serious interest, it’s very likely they’re just trying to drum up interest and get better offers. Better offers, they’ll surely get, as numerous teams including the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers (among others) have come calling.
It’s only a matter of time before Hamels is out of Philadelphia, and well no one knows for sure who the front-runner is (or if there is one), one has to think the Yanks pull off something to help a weak pitching rotation. With decent 16/1 odds to win it all and a very potent offense, New York could be one or two strong moves away from developing into serious contenders. Hamels to the Yankees isn’t a total lock, but the need is there and Hamels is on the trading block. It’s a deal that makes a lot of sense if the Yanks can give up enough, while it certainly could alter the way we see the MLB playoffs shaping up.
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