On Tuesday, July 31st, the MLB trade deadline will halt the madness that has every baseball fan’s mouth watering the entire month of July. As much as the fans enjoy following every move, this is an important business for teams trying to win it all, and for teams that need restructuring. Below is a list of every MLB team and the one move they can make by the end of July in order to be able to compete in October.
Baltimore Orioles – TRADE: Gabriel Ynoa (RP, #11 prospect), Irving Ortega (SS, #21 prospect), RECEIVE: Jeff Samardzija (SP, SF), Denard Span (OF, SF)
The Orioles have been able to get by the past few years without a true number one pitcher they can rely on, but with unusually low offensive production this season, the lack of pitching is really taking its toll. Adding Jeff Samardzija and Denard Span would give Baltimore a stud on the mound and a speedy bat to play next to Adam Jones in the outfield. Not only do the struggling O’s need this type of bold trade, but they also need their bats to pick up if they want a shot this year.
Boston Red Sox – TRADE: Sandy Leon (C), Deven Marrero (3B), RECEIVE: Todd Frazier (3B, CIN), Omar Narvaez (C, CIN)
With the New York Yankees closing in, Boston needs to make a blockbuster trade for an everyday third baseman, and a hitting catcher to split time with Christian Vazquez. Todd Frazier supplies a power-hitting veteran to round out Boston’s young infield who could live on home runs over the Green Monster. Omar Narvaez has a .333 OBP and could help out behind the plate with his defensive prowess. With this trade, it would give Boston that edge they need to overpower the Houston Astros.
Chicago White Sox – TRADE: Leury Garcia (OF), Victor Diaz (RP, #23 prospect), Matt Cooper (SP, #28 prospect), RECEIVE: Dexter Fowler (OF, STL), Michael Wacha (SP, STL)
7.5 games back in the AL Central, the White Sox are well within reach of the division. Chicago would benefit big-time from adding a household name in centerfield and a quality starting pitcher with playoff experience. Fowler and Wacha would perfectly fit these roles and help the White Sox fight back up to the top of the division and make a run this year.
Cleveland Indians – TRADE: Austin Jackson (OF), RECEIVE: Christian Yelich (OF, MIA)
Already in first place with one of the best all-around pitching staffs in baseball, the Indians expect to come back and win the World Series after coming one win away last year. The only real weakness Cleveland has right now is in centerfield. Adding a young talent like Yelich with a stellar OBP, the Tribe would have the offensive firepower to beat Boston’s pitching staff, their likely obstacle in the playoffs.
Detroit Tigers – TRADE: Andrew Romine (OF/INF), Blaine Hardy (RP), RECEIVE: Lorenzo Cain (OF, KC), Kelvin Herrera (RP, KC)
The Tigers are 8 games out of first so they would need a big run to take the AL Central. Trading for a flame-throwing reliever like Herrera, and a seasoned outfielder with a quality bat like Cain, would be just what Detroit needs to make that big run. Cain’s speed and valuable OBP is the perfect bat to go at the top of Detroit’s stacked lineup.
Houston Astros – TRADE: Alex Bregman (3B), Miguelangel Sierra (SS, #10 prospect), Forrest Whitley (SP, #5 prospect), RECEIVE: Manny Machado (3B, BAL), Mychal Givens (RP, BAL)
The heavily favored Astros have finally brought all of their young stars together to win a championship. Trading for arguably the best young third baseman in the majors as well as some help in the pen, Houston would without-a-doubt be this year’s World Series favorite. Machado would bring his 121 career home runs and his 352 RBIs to Houston and keep them competing for the pennant for years to come.
Kansas City Royals – TRADE: Scott Blewett (SP, #4 prospect), RECEIVE: Sonny Gray (SP, OAK)
Kansas City certainly has the offense and the bullpen to win a championship, which they showed in 2015. The difference is that in 2015, the Royals had a number one pitcher in Johnny Cueto. Sonny Gray could serve that role on this year’s Kansas City squad and take them back to being world champs.
Los Angeles Angels – TRADE: Matt Thaiss (1B, #2 prospect), RECEIVE: Brandon Belt (1B, SF), Hunter Strickland (RP, SF)
At this point, the Angels are playing for a wild card spot considering they are 15 games behind the Astros. Adding a solid first baseman with a good bat, as well as a reliever who can eat up some innings would strengthen Los Angeles’ case for a wild card spot and a possible playoff run.
Minnesota Twins – TRADE: Robbie Grossman (OF), Taylor Rogers (RP), RECEIVE: Cody Allen (RP, CLE)
The Twins are only 2.5 games back of Cleveland in first place in the AL Central. With an offense that has been producing and a quality pitching staff, Minnesota could use a reliable reliever who goes in and gets the job done day in and day out. Allen could be the missing piece that would boost the Twins deep into the playoffs.
New York Yankees – TRADE: Chase Headley (3B), Justus Sheffield (SP, #6 prospect), RECEIVE: Yangervis Solarte (3B, SDP)
With Chase Headley having a rough offensive year, the Yankees are looking for a powerful bat to play the hot corner for them. Solarte is a perfect fit for New York, racking up 40 RBIs with a .268 average on a limited number of at-bats. Solarte would have a field day in the American League, especially in Boston and Baltimore.
Oakland Athletics – TRADE: Adam Rosales (SS/2B), A.J. Puk (SP, #2 prospect), RECEIVE: Neil Walker (2B, NYM), Jay Bruce (OF, NYM)
Oakland might be the only AL team that is truly incapable of making the playoffs this year, but maybe they can pull off some Moneyball magic and go on a massive run. A run of this magnitude would require the bats of Neil Walker and Jay Bruce, who would immediately be expected to produce in the middle of the lineup. If the Athletics are going to be buyers this July for some odd reason, that’s who they should buy.
Seattle Mariners – TRADE: Guillermo Heredia (OF), Brayan Hernandez (OF, #6 prospect), RECEIVE: Yu Darvish (SP, TEX)
With a slim chance of catching the Astros in the AL West, Seattle’s best bet is to enter the playoffs as a wild card. With a strong enough offense that puts some runs on the board, the Mariners, like many teams, are lacking a true number one starter. Yu Darvish can use his playoff experience and wicked sinker to carry Seattle’s pitching staff deep into fall baseball.
Tampa Bay Rays – TRADE: Brad Miller (SS/2B), Joshua Lowe (OF/3B, #6 prospect), RECEIVE: Brandon Phillips (2B, ATL), Jason Motte (RP, ATL)
The Rays are well within reach of claiming the AL East this season, especially with their exceptional pitching staff and promising outfield. Adding Phillips and Motte would put a veteran chip on Tampa Bay’s shoulder and give them the edge they need to compete this year. Completing this trade would give the Rays a strong case to be a contender in September and possibly October.
Texas Rangers: TRADE: Brett Martin (SP, #5 prospect), RECEIVE: Chris Davis (1B, BAL), Brad Brach (RP, BAL)
Texas is another team that will be competing for a wild card this year. With a bullpen that could use some work, Brad Brach is a righty with a powerful arm that could deal some serious damage in the 7th or 8th inning. Along with a home run hitter like Davis, this trade would give the Rangers a fighting chance to steal away a wild card spot and knock off a top dog or two in the playoffs.
Toronto Blue Jays: TRADE: Ezequiel Carrera (OF), J.P. Howell (RP), RECEIVE: Melky Cabrera (OF, CWS)
With Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson back in the lineup, Toronto could make a serious run after the All-Star break. Adding a great hitter to settle the Blue Jays problems in left field is exactly what Toronto needs, and Melky Cabrera fits that role perfectly. Cabrera could join those giant bats up north and go on a huge run in the playoffs.