33 Trade Candidates
It will be hard to top the trade fireworks we’ve seen so far with Esteban Hernandez, Jose Gonzalez, Gary Sanchez, J.D. Martinez, Juan Francisco, Nolan Arenado, Pablo Sandoval, Gerrit Cole, Josh Bell, Danny Espinoza, Nathan Eovaldi, Robert Paullus, Ryan Braun, and others already being dealt. There still is however left on the market plenty of players that could help a contender. Here are some of those guys.
SP Matt Cain, Orioles: The veteran righty has a long history of success in MLB Pro, with a career 3.63 ERA across 215 starts. His groundball tendencies, 5 pitch mix, and cheap salary should have him on the move to a contender by July 31.
RP Bobby Jenks, Brewers: A cheap veteran rental bullpen arm. He should not cost much at all in trade. Especially effective versus right handed batters.
RP Jose Arredondo, Athletics: About the same profile as Bobby Jenks¸ but less volitale and younger.
SP Jake Odorizzi, Padres: While he was relegated to the bullpen in late May, he is still has the profile of a BOR arm, and his string of success in San Diego may warrant a contender to buy low on him.
RP Jorge De Leon, Red Sox: Boston may have to eat some contract to facilitate a deal but if they do, they should be able to receive a decent prospect in return. De Leon’s ability to generate whiffs from right handed batters by way of his nasty fastball/slider combination is probably his most attractive quality.
SP Shao-qi Fung, Astros: Has a 2.99 ERA combined over this year and last. A low strikeout rate may scare teams away but he still has been able to limit scoring in part due to his ability to generate groundballs. The Astros should be perfectly content hanging on to him.
RP Boomer Potts, Astros: Veteran lefty who since 2016 has been an above average major league reliever. His success is driven by an ability to locate a curveball down in the zone that often gets hit straight into the ground. He also possesses a 4 seamer that complements the curve well, frequently leading to swings and misses up in the zone. Also his name is Boomer Potts.
SP Josh Johnson, Tigers: If Detroit is willing to absorb a large chunk of his remaining money, then Johnson is a pretty attractive trade candidate. The stats over the years speak for themselves. He is also a guy with postseason experience. Being 35 with a medium term commitment may make teams hesitate, but age hasn’t seemed to have much of an effect on his performance in 2019.
SP Daniel Winkler, Red Sox: Recently demoted to AAA, Winkler is your usual buy low trade candidate. He had a very nice year in Boston last year, and features 3 plus pitches. Teams ought to be calling.
RP Drew Taylor, Astros: Left handed reliever who has shown the ability to get lefties as well as righties out. His moneymaker is his changeup, and its peculiar movement leads to a ton of groundballs.
RP Marc Rzepczynski, Yankees: While he has started games in New York this year, an acquiring club will almost certainly put him back in the bullpen. He’ll definitely add clout to any he joins as he possesses some of the best stuff in the game versus left handed batters.
SP Lucio Cruzado, Yankees: We think he is available inferring from the Yanks recent trades, though they don’t have to deal him. Coming off an injury where he partially tore his right elbow ligament, Cruzado has only recently been activated from the DL. When he is working, Cruzado has some of the best command in the game.
RP Casey Crosby, Yankees: He has the ability to start as well as relieve, and should be relatively easy to acquire. Possesses a plus fastball and change.
RP Brad Brach, Tigers: He pitches with one of the best fastballs in the game, which especially plays up because of Brach’s deception-creating delivery. This year has been his best in MLB Pro, and should be able to be acquired not so painfully.
SP Shelby Miller, Brewers: Miller is one of the most attractive remaining players on the trade market, being young, productive, and under affordable club control for 3.5 more seasons. He is the most desirable player left on the Brewers as they continue their rebuild.
SP Josh Tomlin, Brewers: Mired in a down season, Tomlin still has the tools which made him successful in the past: plus command and a 5 pitch mix. The Brewers may elect to hold on to him though as he is under control for another season, a season which he could rebuild some value.
SP Brad Peacock, Padres: The Padres interestingly acquired the rental from the Phillies in a year which they are not contending. Perhaps they are looking to extend him in hope he’ll be a part of their next playoff team? If negotiations however don’t work out by July 31, it would be prudent of the Padres to shop him hard.
RP Shawn Tolleson, Phillies: A lifelong Phillie, Tolleson still has the stuff that has kept him there for so long. The slider remains his strikeout pitch, though the heater gets its fair share of swings and misses too. Under cheap control through 2021. All this taken into account he should be dealt by July 31, unless the Phils don’t receive a good enough offer to warrant foregoing those two further seasons of control on a projected contender.
RP Javy Guerra, White Sox: Chicago’s push to contend has not worked out and as a consequence they have shown a willingness to part with some of their veterans. Guerra fits this description, but an acquiring team would have to be sure his struggles so far this season won’t continue. It is said the White Sox are willing to eat some money to facilitate a deal, and in so doing a team may stumble upon a bargain.
RP John O’Quinn, Astros: O’Quinn has been closing games for the winning Astros, so it seems by including him on the block the club is not urgently trying to find a trade partner, but exploring offers. O’Quinn’s best two pitches are his plus two seamer with velo in the mid nineties and a plus splitter that induces many a groundball. His command of those two though occasionally gets out of a hand, but he has been able to weather that in 2019.
C Mark Thomas, Tigers: The 31 year old vet was traded to Detroit in the Stephen Strasburg deal last July. Even though he has had a down year this year, he has consistently been right around an average catcher since his debut in 2014. There is value in that.
OF Emory Blumentha, Brewers: Emory is now 36, and as he has aged his ability to play the outfield has declined. An AL team is as a result a better fit, but with his power an NL club could still take a shot on him as an OF.
C Tommy Joseph, Yankees: Power hitting catcher who doesn’t strike out all that often. He is under control through 2020 and the Yankees should be willing to part with him based on recent trades. On the younger side, just 27.
OF Avery Barnes, Athletics: Barnes has a career .379 OBP and this on base ability is where his value lies as a player. He doesn’t provide much defensively, and this may limit his market a bit.
OF Khris Davis, Athletics: Davis surprisingly had to wait until the final days of Spring Training to sign with a club. What especially makes him attractive is his ability to mash LHP along with a plus glove out in left. He is under club control for another year.
C Carlos Romero, Pirates: Scouts have always seen a bit more in him offensively than what his numbers suggest, but nonetheless he’ll be attractive to a club looking for a backup catcher with some upside.
IF Christhian Adames, Padres: Brings a plus glove to the middle infield and this year has been a little better with the bat. A guy that could round out a bench.
1B Anthony Rizzo, Orioles: The bat has declined to around league average the past few seasons but the superior glove work has remained. If his offense can revert back to career norms, a team may have a bargain on their hands.
IF Don Lund, Orioles: A player with 5 years of club control remaining, the Orioles will have to receive a nice offer to part with him. Lund is a high contact bat that especially plays versus left handed pitchers. To go along with the stick he is a sure handed corner infielder.
1B Ike Davis, Athletics: Widely considered as one of the best bargains in free agency last winter, Davis hasn’t lived up to expectations offensively. The glove though has stayed great and he should bounce back with the bat.
1B/RF Jacob Julius, White Sox: Makeup is off the charts, but also earns his keep on the ball diamond. A career .802 OPS, Julius is especially known for his plate discipline and launching ability.
OF Luis Serrano, White Sox: Serrano is one of the best contact bats in baseball but this hasn’t led to consistent output. Probably still worth taking a shot on though, especially with 3 years of cheap control left after this year.
C Jackson Williams, Mariners: He is your prototypical backup catcher: very good working with pitchers and a heck of an arm, but lacking offensively. The Mariners have other options at AAA they want to get a look at however, so he is available in trade.