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There have been a couple of noteworthy offers main as much as the 2020 MLB commerce deadline, together with the swap that despatched right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal from the Kansas Metropolis Royals to the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
Will there be extra important motion earlier than the deadline clock strikes at 1 p.m. ET on Monday? Most likely, although there aren’t any ensures on this unusual season.
With COVID-19 and the expanded 16-team playoff format drastically altering the calculus, something is feasible.
Whereas we anticipate the deadline to reach, let’s parse the newest rumors, run them by our BS meter (which fits from “low” to “medium” to “excessive”) and make predictions on the outcomes.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are within the thick of the American League playoff scramble and already acquired right-hander Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners to bolster their beginning rotation.
The Jays may make extra strikes forward of the deadline. Considered one of them, in keeping with MLB Community’s Jon Morosi, may very well be within the center infield.
Toronto, Morosi studies, has inquired concerning the Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons. The 30-year-old lately returned from a left ankle sprain that stored him out for greater than three weeks. In 9 video games with the Halos, he is slashing .257/.297/.286.
Simmons is a famend defender who has gained 4 Gold Gloves and posted 12 defensive runs saved final season (a profession low, however nonetheless spectacular).
Simmons, an impending free agent, would function a fill-in for injured shortstop Bo Bichette, who’s out with a strained proper knee. If and when Bichette (who resumed baseball actions Friday) returns, Simmons may function a late-inning defensive substitute.
As a rental, he should not value the Jays any prime prospects, and he’d be an improve over inside choices resembling Joe Panik and Santiago Espinal.
BS Meter: Low
Prediction: Blue Jays purchase Simmons for a participant to be named.
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Talking of Los Angeles Angels belongings, the Halos are drawing curiosity from a number of suitors for right-hander Dylan Bundy, in keeping with Morosi.
Particularly, Morosi cites the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta. Of these three, Atlanta is perhaps essentially the most motivated.
Atlanta misplaced budding ace Mike Soroka to Achilles surgical procedure and hasn’t gotten an inning out of veteran left-hander Cole Hamels (triceps). Max Fried has emerged as a No. 1, however general Atlanta starters have posted a 5.13 ERA.
Bundy is having fun with a pleasant season with the Angels, with a 2.58 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. The 27-year-old can be controllable by 2021.
Atlanta has a deep farm system and will pay what it takes to land him with out sacrificing any prime prospects, and he’d present wanted pitching depth because the group tries to win a aggressive NL East.
BS Meter: Low
Prediction: Atlanta acquires Bundy for a mid-tier prospect and a participant to be named.
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If the Texas Rangers resolve to maneuver him, right-hander Lance Lynn may very well be the most important pitching prize of the commerce deadline.
The 33-year-old owns a 1.59 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 45.1 innings and is signed for an inexpensive $9.three million in 2021.
With the Rangers falling out of the playoff race, Lynn’s title has churned by the rumor mill—together with this rumor, courtesy of Morosi, which claims Lynn is on the White Sox’s radar.
The White Sox are a severe contender within the AL Central with a 20-13 document and will add items earlier than the deadline. Lynn would make them higher, as he would any group.
However this does not really feel like a match. Chicago’s beginning pitchers already rank third within the AL with a three.65 ERA. Lucas Giolito (three.09 ERA, 12 Ok/9) threw a no-hitter Tuesday and appears like an ace. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (2.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) supplies veteran steadiness and postseason expertise, and there is depth and expertise past that.
Sure, the ChiSox may add extra pitching (who could not?). However they seem to be a group on the rise whose rebuild is lastly bearing fruit, and giving up the quantity of younger expertise the Rangers would absolutely demand for Lynn would not make sense.
BS Meter: Excessive
Prediction: The Rangers hold on to Lynn at the least till the offseason, and the White Sox make solely minor deadline additions.
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The Houston Astros misplaced Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees by way of free company, after which Justin Verlander went on the injured record (forearm). Identical to that, the ‘Stros have been with out their pair of aces.
With Verlander nonetheless sidelined, Zack Greinke is the one confirmed top-of-the-rotation choice in a beginning corps that has posted a middling four.20 ERA.
Houston may look to improve by way of commerce however could not be capable of land greater than a change-of-scenery reclamation undertaking with its comparatively skinny farm system.
Enter left-hander Robbie Ray.
The Astros may very well be focusing on the Arizona Diamondbacks southpaw, in keeping with Eno Sarris and Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic, and it is sensible.
On the one hand, Ray could be a rental and owns a 7.84 ERA with an MLB-leading 27 earned runs and 31 walks allowed in 31 innings. Then again, the 28-year-old was an All-Star and top-10 Cy Younger Award finisher as lately as 2017 and has averaged 12.5 Ok/9 even amid his struggles this yr.
He would not be a savior, however he may very well be an inexpensive gamble for Houston because it tried to keep up contact with the Oakland A’s within the AL West.
BS Meter: Low
Prediction: Astros purchase Ray for a lower-tier prospect.
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The rebuilding Mariners already dealt Taijuan Walker to Toronto and will proceed their sell-off forward of the deadline. In that case, who have they got left to maneuver?
One attention-grabbing title? Third baseman Kyle Seager.
The veteran is hitting .291 with an .871 OPS, 5 residence runs and 10 doubles in 34 video games. He is owed $18.5 million in 2021 with a $15 million group choice for 2022 that turns into a participant choice if he is dealt.
He’d signify an improve for quite a few contenders with a possible want on the sizzling nook, together with Atlanta. It might not be within the playing cards, nonetheless, as MLB.com’s Greg Johns famous.
“The Mariners have proven a willingness to tackle a few of the remaining cash to deal different veterans, however they have no elite third base prospect ready within the wings, and Seager has been a steadying power on this younger membership,” Johns wrote.
You may by no means depend out a swap with regards to M’s basic supervisor Jerry Dipoto, aka “Trader Jerry,” and Seager has worth. However the secure cash might be on him staying put for now.
BS Meter: Medium
Prediction: Seager stays a Mariner except somebody blows Dipoto away with a proposal.
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By now, you are in all probability aware of the saga of Mike Clevinger. In case you want a refresher: Clevinger, together with Cleveland teammate Zach Plesac, was despatched to the group’s alternate website after it was revealed that each gamers violated the membership’s COVID-19 security protocols. Instantly, each Clevinger and Plesac grew to become the topic of widespread trade speculation.
Clevinger posted a 2.71 ERA with 12.1 Ok/9 in 2019 and is controllable by 2022. He’d be a prize for any pitching-hungry contender.
He is again with Cleveland and threw six innings of two-run, six-strikeout ball Wednesday. Nonetheless, in keeping with ESPN’s Buster Olney, “Groups say that [Clevinger] is very much on the table, with the Indians absolutely willing to move him for the right offer.”
That’s possible. But according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Cleveland’s asking value is “ridiculous.”
Add the truth that Cleveland is within the thick of the American League Central race and it appears unlikely Clevinger can be moved now, particularly since his teammates appear to have at the least partially welcomed him again after his breach of belief.
BS Meter: Excessive
Prediction: Cleveland retains Clevinger at the least till this offseason.