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July 21, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers

by Mike Gianella


Two weeks ago, I looked at the potential sellers at the major league trade deadline. Today, I will take a look at potential buyers.

The same caveats from my last article apply. What I have compiled for our readers is a helpful, at-a-glance look at the potential trade market this month, particularly from the vantage point of teams that might be adding players. It is not meant to be an all-encompassing guide; it is possible some rumored targets are not listed below. Since this is a fantasy article, I will focus on fantasy impact but if you are a non-fantasy player and a Baseball Prospectus reader I hope this article proves useful to you as well.

I am not predicting who will buy or sell at the deadline but rather looking at teams that are in contention for the second wild card in each league at a minimum and examining what they might do if they decide to sell. Some of these teams might not pack it in for 2015, but are worth looking at in case they do.

Thanks to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. He put together a handy chart cataloging buyers’ potential needs, and I relied on his research for this piece with his permission.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • Contender Status: 1.5 GB of Athletics in AL West. Seven games ahead of Mariners for second Wild Card.
  • Top Need: Closer
  • Secondary Needs: Starting pitchers
  • Luxury Needs: Lefty relief specialist, extra left-handed bench bat, third baseman
  • Rumored Targets: Huston Street, Ian Kennedy, David Price, Tyson Ross.

In Brief: The Huston Street trade fills a need and further empties an already thin farm system. Another starting pitcher would be ideal, but given the Angels thin farm this could be a luxury item now. The best bet would be targeting a pure salary dump, which won’t bring in the kind of impact arm listed above.

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DanDaMan

Mike, the player I keep hearing tied to trade rumors with the Yanks is Ian Kennedy. His value would have to go down though if he's traded most places though right?

Jul 21, 2014 03:56 AM
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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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Almost any starter's value would drop outside
of Petco, so yes.

Jul 21, 2014 04:37 AM
 
marjinwalker

There is, of course, option 3 as to why a Price-to-the Orioles trade won't happen: with the prospects that Tampa is demanding for Price, it is likely that the O's wouldn't want to trade Gausman, Harvey, and Bundy within the division. I don't think they'd be against moving any of them for an ace starter outside of the division if one were available. (If you squint really hard-- or put your RAJ/Rose-colored glasses on-- you may see one in Hammels?) I could see them making a play for Suzuki from the Twins, though.

Jul 21, 2014 04:00 AM
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kvamlnk

minor nit from the language police: it should be complementary player (like complementary angle), not complimentary (saying nice things).

Jul 21, 2014 04:22 AM
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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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Thanks for the heads up. This has been fixed.

Jul 21, 2014 09:37 AM
 
ravenight

Are the Reds not interested in Daniel Murphy? Haven't heard any recent rumors about the Mets' thinking on him, but Murphy for Ervin might make sense if the Mets thought the struggles at A-ball were a blip. Is that reasonable or do the Mets want more? Is that deal unattractive to the Reds?

Jul 21, 2014 10:49 AM
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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on the Reds possible interest in Murphy this morning. He wasn't specific on players the Mets would potentially want or what the asking price would be.

Jul 21, 2014 13:08 PM
 
Truthteller

Why are Cardinals so reluctant to go after the Astros' Castro?

Jul 21, 2014 13:07 PM
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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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Don't know. It seems like the Cardinals would rather wait for Molina and muddle through.

Jul 21, 2014 13:23 PM
 
David Coonce

It would seem odd once Yadi returns to have Castro on the roster too. I think Kottaras is a perfect backup catcher.

Jul 22, 2014 05:12 AM
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