The MLB trade deadline is less than one month away. There hasn’t been any large trades or deals done so far this season, but things should heat up in MLB offices as the deadline approaches on July 31st.
The Philadelphia Phillies have two big-named players that have been linked to trade rumors for quite some time. Cole Hamels is outright the best left-handed pitcher that any team could trade for in 2015. He’s still an ace so I’m surprised that teams who are contending for the playoffs have not pursued him yet. He has a 3.02 earned run average (ERA) and he ranks fourth in the National League in strikeouts with 119.
Ryan Howard, their other big-named player isn’t the MVP that he once was, but he’s still a power threat who can assist teams in need of offense. Through July 10th, Howard has 14 home runs with a .218 batting average this year. Maybe a change of scenery can reignite his career.
Another top pitcher in the NL who could be on the move is Johnny Cueto, the right-handed ace for the Cincinnati Reds. Cueto is in the last year of his 5 yr./$36.2 million contract so he will undoubtedly be one of the most sought after free agents this winter.
The Reds are scuffling in the revamped NL Central division, sitting in fourth place. They could trade Cueto away for a young prospect and then try to re-sign him in the winter if he wants to return to Cincinnati.
Colorado Rockies shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki has been in trade talks for the last few seasons. The former All-Star/Gold Glove infielder is only 30 years old. He’s got plenty left in the tank to play at a high level like he has over the course of his career. This season, Tulo’s hitting over .300, he’s tied for the most doubles at his position with 19 and his defense at shortstop has not diminished one bit.
The Rockies have been an abysmal team since their last postseason appearance in 2009. They have finished last or second to last since 2011 in the NL West. Colorado is currently in last place again so at this point, they should ship Tulo to another team to speed up their rebuilding process. Nolan Arenado, their All-Star third baseman has taken over the spotlight for the Rockies franchise. Building around him would be the best move for this team moving forward.
Dillon Gee is the odd man out in the New York Mets’ starting rotation. They are loaded with young arms with the likes of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and their ace Matt Harvey. Also, the Mets could use a middle of the lineup bat to add more run production to their offense.
In eight starts, Gee is winless with an ERA of 5.90 so it will be hard to get a high quality hitter by solely trading him. They might have to throw in a few future draft picks if they really want to appeal to other teams that are shopping for players.
I will be shocked if none of these players end up in a new city by July 31st. There are tight division races throughout the MLB so gaining any little advantage through the trade market can be difference between making or missing the postseason.