BALTIMORE – (Wire Service Report for Digital Sports Desk) – All eyes were on Manny Machado as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears for Major League Baseball, but he isn’t the only big name that could be on the move. With the DC baseball rumor mill sending Machado to the LA Dodgers, the focus within MLB post All-Star break is “what else?”
With disparity perhaps never higher across the league, it’s clear which teams are in the hunt for the postseason and which find themselves ready to sell.
So who else might be dealt — and where to? Here a a few conjured-up deals that could make sense for each of the parties involved.
3. Houston Astros acquire RHP Raisel Iglesias from Cincinnati Reds for LHP Cionel Perez, RHP Jorge Alcala and RHP Corbin Martin.
The Astros showed when they swung a deal to acquire Ken Giles in 2015 that they weren’t afraid to gut the farm for a reliever. Now, the underachieving Giles is in Triple-A following a demotion last week, and Houston is in desperate need of an established closer. Iglesias, 28, hasn’t been doing the job for long, but he possesses the high-powered arsenal for the role and is a bargain at $5 million owed in base salary each of the next two seasons. Breakout lefty Perez could headline a package for the Astros, who have considerable pitching depth to deal from for the arm-needy Reds.
2. New York Yankees acquire 1B/3B Mike Moustakas from Kansas City Royals for RHP Jonathan Loaisiga and RHP Juan Then.
The Yankees are said to be among teams interested in Moustakas at first base, where he would be an extreme upgrade over what New York has going on at the position right now. The 29-year-old has played four games at first this season, including two this month, as the Royals market him to potential suitors. Moustakas’ 19 homers from the left side of the plate would look good in the lineup between righty sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, and he comes with a much lower price tag than Machado, whom the Baltimore Orioles likely don’t want to trade in the division. Loaisiga gives the Royals a major-league-ready arm to slot into the rotation while Then, 18, would be more of a future asset.
1. Boston Red Sox acquire LHP J.A. Happ and RHP Seunghwan Oh from Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Travis Lakins, RHP Kutter Crawford and 2B/OF Kervin Suarez.
The Red Sox have needs in the rotation and bullpen, but this is the type of deal fans should expect from them. Several big trades in recent years have gutted Boston’s farm system, and the team’s payroll can’t get much higher than the current figure that’s already leading the majors. Happ and Oh (vesting option) can both potentially leave after this season, giving the Red Sox the temporary upgrades they need while costing a few lower-tier prospects at most. Happ slots into the rotation, while Oh gives the Red Sox a setup option with closer experience if Craig Kimbrel needs a rest day. And both are American League East tested, which is important come the playoff stretch.
–Field Level Media