The trade deadline is coming up. Buyers and sellers have been determined. Who will make the biggest deals of the weekend?
Well, I made a few trade predictions this week, and here are a few of the most likely trades.
HM: Yonder Alonso to the Yankees for Chase Headley and a prospect
The A’s and Yankees will both be busy at the deadline. The A’s will continue to sell while the Yankees try to become the best team in the AL East. This trade does make sense. The Yanks get a strong first baseman for veteran infielder Headley and some prospects. The Yankees won’t need Headley with Frazier at third and Alonso at First. It would make sense for the Yanks to also get Sonny Gray in this trade, but I can see them going after a different pitcher.
5. Yu Darvish to the Yankees for 2 pitching prospects
Yup, the Yankees aren’t done after the Frazier and Alonso trades. Yu Darvish did put ten teams on his no-trade clause, including the Rockies and Red Sox, but the Yankees were not on that list. The Rangers are done at this point. Time to sell. Darvish should give the Yankees rotation a much needed boost. With Pineda hurt, the rotation needs some more depth.
4. Sonny Gray to the Rockies for 2 prospects
I would be shocked if Gray is still in Oakland by the end of the day on Monday. The A’s need to rebuild, and there are other teams that need him more. The Rockies have a fine young rotation, but a veteran mentor to boost the rotation would be helpful to this contending Rockies club. The Rockies are likely in contention at this point, I do not see them as pretenders. The Rockies just acquired reliever Pat Neshek, it’s time to upgrade the rotation next.
3. Yangervis Solarte to the Cardinals for 3 prospects
The Padres have some young talent that can eventually lead their team. But first, they have to get rid of the veterans. It’s good to have veteran mentors, and they should hold on to Wil Myers, but Solarte has value in the market, and they can add to their farm system if they dish him off to teams like St. Louis or Boston. Sure, the Cardinals are on the buyer/seller line, but they have done well lately and should bolster their team.
2. Edinson Volquez to the Brewers for Jonathan Villar and a prospect
Once again, the Marlins came in with a nice team and ended up failing to push their record over .500 leading up to the deadline. Time to sell, again. The last few years, this team has sold at the deadline, but been active in the off-season to improve their roster. They still haven’t had their breakthrough year. The Brewers are looking to chase the Cubs in the NL Central. Without a trade, they could fall out of it. The Marlins will trade at least one pitcher before the deadline, and I think Volquez will fit in in Milwaukee.
1. Khris Davis to the Nationals for 2 prospects
The A’s still have more good trade nuggets after these three trades. The Athletics need to rebuild. They are out of it. Gray, Alonso and Davis have a lot of value in the market and should all be traded. Lowrie may even be dished away. The Nats need an outfielder with Eaton and Werth on the 60 day DL and Eaton done for the year. They have some nice young outfielder, but a veteran who can hit for power is needed in Washington. I actually thought Davis might be a nice trade target for the Red Sox back when JBJ was struggling, but the Nats need an outfielder much more.
So, the trade deadline is tomorrow. Which of these deals will be done? Will there be more than this? Find out tomorrow. I will also be updating the Red Sox’s situation at the deadline tomorrow on sportalk.com, where I will start interning tomorrow. If you are looking for a good experience to start your career in sports, apply to SPORTalk now.