With the trade deadline just days away, talks are heating up surrounding certain players in the MLB. If you don't count the Drew Pomeranz deal made by the Red Sox, Aroldis Chapman was the first big move made near this year's deadline.
Chapman was sent to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop Gleyber Torres, pitcher Adam Warren and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. There weren't many weak spots on this Cubs team, but the bullpen was definitely one of them. They now have one of the most dominant closers in the sport, and are probably the favorites to reach the World Series in the National League.
A surprising development this year is that the Marlins are 8 games over .500 and are buyers at this year's deadline. They just acquired right hander Andrew Cashner from the Padres in an attempt to solidify their rotation. Much like the Red Sox, the Marlins have struggled to put together a consistent rotation, with a revolving door of starters in the 5th spot. Adding Cashner gives them another body to throw every 5 games, and hopefully the consistency they desperately need.
With the deadline now less than 48 hours away, there are still a few names that haven't moved, but definitely have the potential to. Here are a few players that could be moving in the next few days:
Chris Sale - Chicago White Sox
We've all heard the story surrounding Sale about him cutting up the throwback uniforms while his team took batting practice. I do not believe that incident will affect his reputation enough to hurt his trade value, and he could very well be in a different uniform in 2 days. The two teams leading the discussion with Sale are the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers.
Sale is one of the most dominant pitchers in all of baseball, and the White Sox have mad that clear with their asking price. Rumors have been circulating that they are asking for any deal from the Red Sox to start with Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts. Talks with the Rangers are starting with the 21-year-old phenom Nomar Mazara. It is a very high asking price, but the return would definitely be worth it.
Rich Hill - Oakland Athletics
Former Red Sox Rich Hill is another pitching name being thrown around as we near the deadline. The 36-year-old is having himself a great year with a 9-3 record and a 2.25 ERA. Hill would be a very good addition to a rotation that is looking for a veteran lefty who will give them good-to-great pitching every 5 games.
ESPN's Buster Olney has reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to package a deal for Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick. The Dodgers have a very solid outfield with Pederson, Puig and Kendrick. Therefore, Reddick would most likely serve as a depth piece. Hill would be a nice fit for the Dodgers as a #4 or #5 starter.
Jonathan Lucroy - Milwaukee Brewers
Lucroy is drawing a lot of attention at this year's deadline with the season he has had. The All-Star catcher is hitting .300 with 13 homeruns and 50 RBI; numbers that make anyone with a need for catching look closely.
Lucroy has 8 teams on his no-trade list including: Angels, Athletics, Indians, Mariners, Nationals Padres, Tigers and Twins. Detroit has since come out and said that they are not in on the young catcher. Aside from the few weeks with Sandy Leon, the Red Sox have had their struggles at the catcher position. It wouldn't be ridiculous to see the Sox make a deal to bring Lucroy to Boston.
By Matt Watts