5 teams looking to make a move before MLB trade deadline
New York Mets
The New York Mets are currently 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card in the National League behind the San Francisco Giants. The Mets have some fantastic young arms in Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom, but they need some help at the plate. The Mets rank dead last in batting average at .236, and they are 28th in runs scored with 346.
The Mets could be looking to acquire a player like Justin Upton from the San Diego Padres or Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers. Upton is more likely to be on the move than Cespedes, but you never know what could happen before the trade deadline.
The Mets could slip into that final wild card spot if they can improve their offensive production because they have the young arms in place to win.
The Chicago Cubs are currently 2 1/2 games out of the second wild card in the National League behind the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs are also in third place in the National League Central behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Chicago Cubs rank 24th in runs scored, but they struggled earlier in the season. The Cubs offense as finally come to life as of late, which is going to make them a major threat in the National League.
The biggest need of the Cubs right now is a starting pitcher, like Cole Hamles, because they have a young offense that is still learning. The offensive talent of the Cubs is absolutely ridiculous. If the Cubs could add on a veteran fielder to help teach the young guys how to handle themselves, it could make the Cubs a legit contender, along with getting a starting pitcher or a bullpen guy.
If Joe Madden has get his hands on a starting pitcher, this team could be extremely dangerous.
The Detroit Tigers are currently 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card in the American League. They are 11 games out of the division lead behind the Royals, so it seems the only hope for a playoff run will be through the wild card game.
The Tigers have been rumored to possible move David Price or Yoenis Cespedes. Both of these players would bring a high return because they are both needed throughout the league, but selling these guys now basically tells the rest of the league that they are done and are rebuilding for next year.
I think that the Tigers are going to be a buyer instead of a seller this year because a lot of the guys in the club house feel they still have a run left in them, according to multiple reports.
The Tigers could use a bat with Miguel Cabrera out for the next few weeks, and they could also use a starter to help bolster that rotation behind Justin Verlander and Price.
I look for the Tigers to make a move before the deadline to try to make a postseason run.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a one game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Dodgers are looking to make a run right now because of the roster that they have. The Dodgers are looking to make a move for some starting pitching help because Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are the only guys that are going deep in games.
The Dodgers are currently a favorite in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, but we will have to keep an eye on other teams like the Texas Rangers. Having a rotation of Greinke, Kershaw, and Hamels would give the Dodgers a great chance in a five or seven game series.
Another need for the Dodgers, a closer. The Dodger currently have the most blown saves in the majors, and the Reds are potentially willing to sell Aroldis Chapman at the right price. If the Dodgers want to make a postseason run, they need to consider how much they are willing to give up to get a guy like Hamels or Chapman.
The Texas Rangers are currently 7 1/2 games out of the AL Central lead, and they are 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card.
The Rangers are the most interesting team, I think, as we near the trade deadline. The Rangers have a great roster heading into the future, but they also have the pieces to win now. Prince Fielder has had a resurgent season, and Mitch Moreland has also had a fantastic comeback year. These two have provided an offensive spark for the Rangers.
The Rangers are currently a favorite to land Hamles from the Phillies, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rangers are interested in Hamles mainly because he is signed through the 2017 season. If the Rangers can land Hamles, it gives the flexibility for the next few seasons, but it also makes them contenders this year.
The Rangers could also use a bat, but the likelihood of them landing Hamels and a bat are unlikely. If they were to land
I said this over a month ago and I’m sticking to it, the Rangers will win the Hamels sweepstakes.