EARLY LOOK AT THE TRADING DEADLINE

We’re still a month and a half away but let’s take a look at who could be traded and what their likely destinations are. I think that we can reasonably assume that the Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and now the Toronto Blue Jays are going to be sellers. I’m also going to focus on the best players potentially available. This list is not in any particular order.

1. JUSTIN BOUR, 1B MIAMI MARLINS

Bour is probably not going to have much of a market unless Colorado is willing to replace the struggling Ian Desmond at first base. I also don’t see Miami selling low on him and his bad start makes teams unlikely to give too much for him in return.

Possible destinations: Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros.

Possibility of trade: 5%

2. BRAD ZIEGLER, CP MIAMI MARLINS

Why is Ziegler still their closer? He is having a bad season and won’t be a closer on a new team. However there’s always a need for relievers.

Possible destinations: St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels.

Possibility of trade: 95%

3. J.T. REALMUTO, C MIAMI MARLINS

Realmuto is the best potentially available catcher and he will cost a fortune to acquire. I don’t think that he will be traded.

Possible destinations: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros.

Possibility of trade: 30%

4. CHRIS ARCHER, SP TAMPA BAY RAYS

Archer is having a terrible season but he still has upside, a team friendly contract and a tremendous strikeout rate.

Possible destinations: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals.

Possibility of trade: 50%

5. COLE HAMELS, SP TEXAS RANGERS

Hamels is a free agent at the end of the season but his value is down and his salary is too high. His trade and return depend entirely on how much of his contract Texas will be willing to pay.

Possible destinations: New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies. Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins.

Possibility of trade: 55%

6. ADRIAN BELTRE, 3B TEXAS RANGERS

Beltre said in the past that he wants to be on a contending team, and Texas clearly isn’t one. That said he’s a franchise icon despite his free agency after the season.

Possible destinations: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros.

Possibility of trade: 40%

7. DANNY DUFFY, SP KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Duffy is having a shaky season but he has good stuff and a team friendly contract. Kansas City will expect a hefty return.

Possible destinations: New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals.

Possibility of trade: 60%

8. KELVIN HERRERA, CP KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Herrera is a lock to be moved as he’s a free agent at the end of the year and might even be a closer on his new team.

Possible destinations: St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins.

Possibility of trade: 100%

9. MIKE MOUSTAKAS, 3B KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Moustakas is a free agent at the end of the season on a rebuilding team, he’s almost certain to be moved.

Possible destinations: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees. Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies.

Possibility of trade: 100%

10. MICHAEL FULMER, SP DETROIT TIGERS

Fulmer is on a team friendly contract and despite his shaky results will expect a lot in return. A pitching needy team just might bite.

Possible destinations: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers.

Possibility of trade: 50%

11. SHANE GREENE, CP DETROIT TIGERS

Greene might be traded or might not as he’s not a free agent at the end of the year. That said pitching is always in demand at the trade deadline.

Possible destinations: St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins.

Possibility of trade: 40%

12. JOSE ABREU, 1B CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Abreu is probably not going to be traded as they value his leadership, but if the right offer comes along, then it’s possible that he will.

Possible destinations: Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Possibility of trade: 30%

13. NATE JONES, CP CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Jones is likely not going to be acquired as a closer, but as a free agent at the end of the season he will almost certainly be traded.

Possible destinations: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Possibility of trade: 100%

14. JOAKIM SORIA, RP CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Soria is a free agent at the end of the season so is a lock to be traded.

Possible destinations: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Possibility of trade: 100%

15. ADAM JONES, CF BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Jones is a free agent at the end of the year but is also one of Baltimore’s cornerstone players, and they’re typically hesitant to trade such players. It doesn’t help that he’s not impressing anyone this season.

Possible destinations: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians.

Possibility of trade: 5%

16. MANNY MACHADO, SS BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Machado is a free agent at the end of the year, and they almost certainly won’t re-sign him. It’s hard to tell whether they will trade a cornerstone player due to their msnagement’s incompetence and stubbornness.

Possible destinations: Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies.

Possibility of trade: 45%

17. ZACH BRITTON, CP BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Britton might not be back in time or even back to his old self, but he’s a free agent at the end of the year.

Possible destinations: Possible destinations: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Possibility of trade: 55%

18. TYSON ROSS, SP SAN DIEGO PADRES

Ross is having a comeback season, as in he’s pitching like he used to. This makes him arguably the best starting pitching acquisition when it comes to production and cost.

Possible destinations: New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels.

Possibility of trade: 100%

19. J.A. HAPP, SP TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Happ is proving to be an effective innings-eater who can at times pitch as a top of the rotation starter. Assuming that Toronto will give up on the season, he should be available considering he’s a free agent at the end of the season.

Possible destinations: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins.

Possibility of trade: 95%

20. MARCO ESTRADA, SP TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Estrada is not having a good season but as a free agent at the end of the season and with teams looking for pitching help, will likely be moved.

Possible destinations: Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins.

Possibility of trade: 90%

21. JOSH DONALDSON, 3B TORONTO BLUE JAYS

No longer the best 3B in the game and dealing with poor health and production he could still be considered useful to a team with 3B and DH needs.

Possible destinations: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros.

Possibility of trade: 90%

Who do you think will be traded and where? Do you have any other candidates?

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