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Players to watch at the MLB Trade Deadline

July 30, 2018

 

MLB trade season is in full effect, as we've already seen players such as Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas, Brad Hand, and Eduardo Escobar find new homes in the past week.  Over the years, we've seen major moves made at the deadline that have affected that year's playoff race, and this year seems to be no different. Here's a look at some players that could be traded before Tuesday's deadline.

 

Chris Archer

 

Archer was acquired by the Rays in the Matt Garza deal in 2011 and has played there ever since. He's been a great pitcher in Tampa Bay, but has never really had an offense around him to give him run support.  He hasn't sported a winning record since 2014, and posts a career record of 54-68, but holds a 3.69 career ERA.  The Rays are sitting around .500, but with the Red Sox and Yankees far ahead of them and teams like the A's and the Mariners way ahead in the wild card race, the Rays should deal him now and get a decent return for him. Archer has 2 team options on his contract and can be under club control until 2021. 

 

Possible Destinations: Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres

 

 

Matt Harvey

 

Matt Harvey has had a really crazy year so far. He had a horrendous start to the year with the Mets, and they eventually put him on waivers.  The Cincinnati Reds picked him up and gave him a chance, and he's had a bit of resurgence since. With the Reds, he's recorded a 5-4 record with a 4.44 ERA, much better than the 7.00 ERA with the Mets.  A team that needs a pitcher in a 4 or 5 slot for the playoffs could use Harvey, or even maybe transition him into a long reliever role. The Reds wouldn't get much back for him, but sitting at the bottom of the NL Central, any prospects help at this point.

 

Possible Destinations: Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies

 

 

Adrian Beltre

 

Beltre joined the Texas Rangers in 2011 and has been one of the franchises' cornerstones ever since. He has been one of the game's most dominant third basemen for his entirety of his 21 year career, and might possibly be on his way to Cooperstown. He's battled injuries the past two years, and is batting .292 with 5 home runs and 33 RBI's on the year. The Rangers are dead last in the AL West, with the Astros, Athletics and Mariners far ahead in the playoff race and have already dealt starter Cole Hamels.  Beltre said he would only accept a trade if it gives him a "real chance to win", and since the 39 year-old has never made it to the World Series, the Rangers should grant his wish and ship him to a contender.

 

Possible Destinations: Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves

 

 

Jacob deGrom

 

deGrom has been an incredible pitcher this year for the Mets, and might possibly be in contention for a Cy Young award for the National League.  His record (5-6) might not prove his case, but his staggering 1.82 ERA is enough to qualify as a top pitcher this year.  The Mets, like many other teams in the article, are dead last in the NL East, continuing a very disappointing season. deGrom is 30 years old and is eligible for free agency in 2021, and with the Mets likely looking to rebuild, now would be a great time to deal deGrom and obtain some great prospects for him. If he's dealt, deGrom could easily make an impact on any playoff team, for this year and years to come. 

 

Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers

 

 

Bryce Harper

 

Okay, this might be a long shot.  Harper is one of the most polarizing, powerful (and might I say overrated?) players in baseball, and has spent his entire career in Washington.  He won the Home Run Derby is his home stadium and was also voted an all-star, posting 25 dingers and 62 RBI's along with a meager .218 batting average.  The Nationals were heavy favorites to win the NL East and be World Series Contenders, but they are sitting 3rd behind Atlanta and Philadelphia, and now have a record of 52-53. Harper hits free agency after the 2018 season, and rumor has it he is looking for a major payday, possibly north of $400 million.  If the Nationals do not want to re-sign Harper to that much money, or if they feel as if they can't catch up to teams like Atlanta, Colorado, Arizona and others in the wild card race, they could look to deal Harper to a contender. He could probably get a return like the Orioles did for Manny Machado, and Harper's spot could be soon absorbed by promising prospect Victor Robles.  The Nationals have a tough decision to make, and personally, I believe trading Harper would be the better move for the Nats' future. 

 

Possible Destinations: Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies

 

 

These are just a couple of names that could be moved by Tuesday.  Of course teams can technically trade in August through waivers, but most trades are done by July.  Whatever moves are made, each one will have an impact on the rest of the team's season, and possibly years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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