Kyle Schwarber and 16 MLB Players That Could Be Traded by the Deadline
The August 1st MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching, with the top playoff contenders looking to secure their spots and a few teams on the outside looking for a way in.
We have some intense division races in numerous divisions, with the AL East having just a two-game gap and three teams very much in the mix, while the AL Central, AL West, NL East and NL West all have leads of 6.5 games or fewer.
Needless to say, there may be a ferocious run of MLB trades in the next two weeks, with contenders and pretenders alike preparing to make bold moves.
Of course, it’s not all just about 2016, as some bottom feeders could act on an opportune time to get all they can for a big name star. Let’s take a look at the MLB trade scene and see which big names are most likely to be on the move:
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Chicago Cubs
Schwarber headlines our trade deadline list, as he’s done for the year with a shredded knee and may not have a spot waiting for him in Chicago going forward.
The issue is he’s a major talent as a hitter and he has tons of upside as 23 years old, but he’s not really a catcher or outfielder. He’s likely best suited at first base or as a designated hitter, and with Anthony Rizzo locking up first and Willson Contreras making a name for himself at catcher, the Cubs may see the writing on the wall and opt to move the star masher.
The good news is he’s young and talented, so even though the Cubs appear to be in a jam, someone should get them out of it. The leading contender figures to be the New York Yankees, who are looking both for youth and power on offense. They’re also looking for better starting pitching, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
— Pinstripe Paradise (@PStripeParadise) July 7, 2016
Many teams will be in the mix for Schwarber before he’s finally dealt, but New York promises to be among the top contenders with them hailing from the American League.
Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Bruce is one of the top mashers up for grabs this trade season, as the Reds currently collect dust in last place in the NL Central.
Cincy has been trying to rebuild the past few years, but they’ll likely need to keep moving some big pieces to make it happen. The 29-year old Bruce was almost moved for nothing last year, but after storming back in 2016 with 18 homers, he’s boosted his trade value significantly.
Bruce has been tied to numerous teams, with the Toronto Blue Jays said to be highly interested. He’s even said he’d waive his no trade clause for a chance to play with the Cleveland Indians.
It’s still up in the air whether or not Bruce gets traded, but the odds increase by the day that a deal could get done.
Andrew Miller, RP, New York Yankees
Miller is the first arm to hit our MLB trade rumor list, as New York has a plethora of stable relief pitchers but needs to shore up young offensive talent and starting pitchers for the future.
The Yanks are probably cooked as far as the MLB playoffs are concerned this year, but with a bunch of aging talent coming off the books within the next 1-2 years, things could quickly be looking up for them.
They shouldn’t feel forced to deal Miller, especially since the 31-year old still is under club control for two more years.
Still, the right contender could view Miller as the missing link to the back end of their pitching rotation.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2016
The Cleveland Indians are one such possibility, and reports suggest they view Miller as a relief pitching upgrade.
Rich Hill, SP, Oakland Athletics
Hill enters our trade rumor list as the first ace pitcher that could be had. He seemed to be turning his career around late in the game last year with the Boston Red Sox and that resurrection hasn’t faded during a stout run with the A’s.
Hill is wasting with a bad Athletics team, however, while the team will be looking to cash in on the 36-year old’s expiring contract. A number of playoff contenders should be in the mix for Hill, including the Marlins, Blue Jays, Royals, Orioles and even his last team – the Red Sox.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Hellickson is another top shelf arm that could be on the move, as the Phillies are nowhere near post-season play and continue to rebuild.
The 29-year old righty will be a free agent next year, too, so there is little reason for Philadelphia to hold onto him. He’s not quite in as high of demand as Rich Hill, but he has more years to kill going forward and may have some untapped upside remaining.
Needless to say, teams that think they can talk him into re-signing could show serious interest.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 18, 2016
Playoff teams like the Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays could be in the mix, but the Miami Marlins could be the team to watch as far as holding onto him for more than just a 2016 playoff run goes.
Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Yankees
The Yanks continue to try to move on from aging assets, as many of their guys will see their contracts expire and others could be dealt.
Consider Beltran with the latter group, as he can still provide serious power for a contending team and should be able to be had at the right price.
Several teams could look to see if the 39-year old can push their offense over the top before his career winds down, but the Kansas City Royals may be the top team to watch. Per reports, the Royals and Yanks had discussions revolving around Beltran earlier this year.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees
More Yankees trade rumors here. Change the record, right? It really does look like New York is willing to deal anyone, though, as they lose Chapman’s rights after this year and should be willing to sell him to the highest bidder.
Chapman may not have the control to pan out as a starting option, but even if he can’t, he still could provide serious value as an elite closer.
The Cleveland Indians have popped up as one team that could make a play for an elite relief pitcher, but any contending teams looking for an extra edge will be sure to give the Yanks a call.
Rival execs: NYY going full bore in shaping possible deals w/Chapman, etc.; started weeks ago, as reported. Nats, TEX, CLE, others involved.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 19, 2016
All we know is the Yanks want to deal him, and probably will.
Joey Gallo, OF, Texas Rangers
Gallo dips us down from the star names for a second, but he’s actually a budding rockstar in the minors and could be ready to explode offensively for the right team.
Texas remains stacked on offense, so as much as they love Gallo’s power and upside, they could be looking to deal him for some extra defensive help.
Offense is not the issue in Texas, where the Rangers could really use some talented arms to push them from strong playoff contender to a true World Series threat.
Tampa Bay Rays Pitchers
The Tampa Bay Rays have fallen to dead last in the AL East and have zero hopes of turning things around this year, so they’re naturally going to be involved in trade rumors until August 1st arrives.
Their pitching is the best place to start, as they continue to starve for offensive talent and have a slew of pitchers to consider moving.
Matt Moore leads the way, but he could easily be shipped, along with equally big names like Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi. It’s unlikely the Rays get rid of all three, but one or two could be on the move for the right amount of offensive talent.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics
Oakland is in shambles once again and needs to find a way to get better, so they have to be a team to watch in trade rumors.
Reddick has been a big name shopped around the past couple of years, so there is no reason to expect Josh Reddick trade rumors to fizzle out during a contract year.
Reddick could help out a number of playoff contenders (batting .296) and he usually brings some solid pop to the table. The Kansas City Royals have expressed interest in the star outfielder, but we can expect a good amount of teams to come calling.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
Blackmon’s name popped up in trade circles this week, with the Washington Nationals specifically showing interest.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 19, 2016
It remains to be seen how serious Colorado is about trading away some of their top offensive talent, but with the 30-year old masher set for arbitration the next two years, they could dump him for a slew of assets.
Everyone knows the Rockies need pitching help and do have a ton of offensive talent already, so don’t be shocked if Blackmon gets dealt.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
CarGo is an easy trade rumor throw-in, as he’s been in discussions for the past few years with the Rockies struggling to find wins.
Colorado improved slightly this year, so there is still a chance the Rockies hold onto one of their best power hitters in hopes he can be part of the winning. CarGo still won’t be a free agent until 2018, so there may not be a rush to move him.
Gonzalez could very well stay put for now, but the rumors have been running wild all year and if the right package comes along, he could certainly be traded.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Shoemaker is an interesting trade chip for the struggling Angels, who have fallen out of the playoff chase and probably need to start thinking about a good way to rebuild.
They could also trade Mike Trout, but consistent offense is a much bigger problem than a shaky defense. Instead, they should keep their franchise player and look to deal the 29-year old Shoemaker, who is enjoying a stellar 2016 run.
Shoemaker may not see a season as good as this again, either, so the Halos would be wise to cash in.
Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta Braves
Teheran has been one of the biggest names involved in MLB trade rumors, as the Braves are about as bad as ever and he’s probably their best asset.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 18, 2016
He isn’t getting a lot of wins due to horrendous run support, but he’s otherwise enjoyed a strong 2016. In terms of talent and upside, he’s arguably the top arm available at the moment, too.
Numerous playoff contenders like the Rangers, Royals, Orioles and Marlins could come calling, though no front-runner has been made known as of yet.
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Puig is the latest star hitter to hit the trade rumors waves, as the Dodgers have plenty of talent behind him and could be interested in finally parting ways.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 19, 2016
Puig has been a polarizing figure in L.A. and arguably hasn’t been worth the fuss. Still, he’s immensely talented and could be a great buy for the right playoff contender. The Dodgers probably wouldn’t mind getting another big arm or a slew of assets in return.
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