Posted on July 12, 2017, by Bryan Zarpentine
With the All-Star Game behind us, the summer trade season is about to heat up. Of course, while several teams will be looking for help, all trades are contingent on teams being willing to throw in the towel on 2017 and trade away impact players. Here is a look at 10 teams that may be sellers as the trade deadline approaches.
The A’s have already dealt Stephen Vogt and Trevor Plouffe, and they probably aren’t done. Sonny Gray will be one of the most talked about starting pitchers in the weeks to come. It’s also looking like Yonder Alonso could be traded, as the A’s appear unlikely to sign him to an extension before the trade deadline.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have indicated they may be playing both sides, but Toronto may be better off with a full-blown fire sale. Jose Bautista, Francisco Liriano, and Marco Estrada could all be moved if the Jays can find takers for those underperforming players. Meanwhile, the likes of Josh Donaldson, JA Happ, and Marcus Stroman could all be major trade chips.
San Francisco Giants
We know the Giants are going nowhere this season. But they may look to reload in 2018 rather than rebuild. Nevertheless, the likes of Johnny Cueto, Brandon Belt, and even Mark Melancon could have their names mentioned in trade rumors.
Miami has already traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and there will likely be more trades before the end of the month. The latest reports indicate that big names like Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich won’t be moved. However, Justin Bour, Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, and relievers like A.J. Ramos and David Phelps have all been mentioned in the rumor mill. The Marlins could end up being one of the biggest sellers this trade season.
New York Mets
The Mets are a long shot to reach the postseason, and so despite high expectations heading into the season, they’ll be sellers at the deadline. Jay Bruce could be one of the most impactful offensive players to be moved, while Addison Reed could be one of the better relief pitchers available. Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson are also among the free agents to be the Mets could trade. If the Mets wanted to, they could have quite the fire sale this summer.
San Diego Padres
The Padres don’t have as many trade chips as they have in recent years, as San Diego’s young players are finally matriculating to the big leagues. However, reliever Brad Hand could be a big trade chip who generates a lot of interest over the next couple of weeks.
The Phillies are another team that could be gearing up for a big fire sale. Pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Pat Neshek will almost certainly be moved. Even younger players like Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph could be available, giving the Phillies several intriguing trade chips.
Shortstop Zack Cozart is a major trade chip if he doesn’t agree to an extension with the Reds before the deadline. There could also be interest in some of Cincinnati’s relief pitchers, most notably Raised Iglesias, who is generating a lot of interest from contenders in search of bullpen help.
The Tigers have teased a fire sale since last fall, and it may finally be coming this summer. Veterans like Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton will be tough to move. But trading Justin Verlander is a distinct possibility. Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez are two more trade chips the Tigers may be willing to trade. Martinez, in particular, could be a hot commodity this summer.
Chicago White Sox
Just as they were over the winter, the White Sox will be eager to trade this summer. Ace Jose Quintana is once again at the center of trade rumors. David Robertson, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera are also among the potential trade chips the White Sox may be looking to move. Of course, GM Rick Hahn is known to drive a hard bargain, especially with Quintana, and so he’ll be willing to wait for the right offer.