Major League Baseball is full of trade rumors at the start of the All-Star Game break. Rumors abound as teams use the four days off to search for the player or players that might push them over the top and into the postseason or help them become World Series champions.
Most eyes are on a select group of pitchers including starters Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s, Gerrit Cole with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jose Quintana with the Chicago White Sox and Justin Verlander with the Detroit Tigers.
The early reports said that veteran Verlander may be traded by the Tigers but first he needs to waive his rights of 10-and-5. Detroit and the Chicago Cubs have talked about a Verlander deal, but it does not appear it would be an easy deal for the Cubs to complete due to the size of Verlander’s contract
Some believe the Kansas City Royals may throw in the towel and go through a complete rebuild with star players Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas all becoming free agents at the end of this season.
However, more specifically, Boston is looking at both Miami Marlins’ David Phelps and Martin Prado. The Red Sox need help in the bullpen and at third base. Prado makes contact at the plate and is back to good health after twice being on the disabled list. Phelps was poor out of the pen in April, but since May 3 has an ERA of 2.70 in 30 innings pitched.
The Cubs might not be able to afford Verlander, but they are also looking at other Tigers’ hurlers such as Daniel Norris and Michael Fulmer. Fulmer was the Rookie of the Year in the AL last year and would cost more but Chicago has depth in its prospects and could afford to deal some of them.
The Washington Nationals continue to look for help in their bullpen. The pen has been blowing leads on a regular basis and the Nationals much stop that and soon.
While the New York Yankees have been losing on a regular basis lately they still remain close enough in the AL East to be in the market for a new first baseman.
The Yankees acquisition in the offseason of Chris Carter was a failure and Greg Bird will see a doctor Monday and his status for the remainder of the year will be evaluated.
General Manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees would be buyers entering the trade deadline and look to help first base and the pitching staff in general.