The MLB’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline is a scary, exciting, fast-paced place for those that are out of the know involving the teams. With 48 hours to go before this year’s August 1st deadline, here are some of the top people you should keep your ears out for.
One thing that contending teams are always in the market for during the trade deadline is relief pitching, especially elite bullpen arms. Just five days ago, the New York Yankees traded superstar closer Aroldis Chapman to the MLB’s best, the Chicago Cubs. However, he’s not the only elite arm the Yankees are considering dealing. Also on the trade block, reportedly, is the Yankees’ Andrew Miller, however it will be a steep cost to get him, as it’s reported that they wouldn’t take a deal that involved Miller being sent to the Washington Nationals for their top prospect, pitcher Lucas Giolito. Giolito was a name that teams with these arms reportedly wanted, but the Nationals will keep him most likely as they’re acquired Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon as of today. Other interesting bullpen arms possibly on the move include Royals’ Wade Davis, and Braves’ Aroldys Vizcaino.
Speaking of the Braves, they suck. They suck very much. In fact they’re the worst team in the MLB at 36-67, but reportedly that won’t stop them from making a push at two of the top catchers on the market, Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy, and Yankees’ Brian McCann. Lucroy is also being pursued by the New York Mets, who have reportedly offered a three-player package for the Milwaukee catcher that involves current Mets backstop Travis D’Arnaud and OF prospect Brandon Nimmo, according to “Bowtie Jesus” himself, Ken Rosenthal. It’s important to mention that Lucroy is currently out of the Brewers lineup today(!!!). McCann, a former Atlanta Brave, has also been pursued by the AL West leading Texas Rangers.
There are also starting pitchers available this market! Most notably White Sox certified crazy man Chris “Edward Scissorhands” Sale. Sale, on one of the best contracts in baseball, would require a “king’s ransom” to get him out of south Chicago. He and other ChiSox pitcher Jose Quintana have both been pursued by the Rangers.
It’s impossible to cover everything that could go on this trade deadline, and this is only a small part of it. The next 48 hours will be crazy, fun, and one of the best parts of sports. Keep checking Crossover Report for any trade news.