The New York Yankees just did something they hadn’t done in 27 years: They became sellers ahead of the trade deadline. Their best bet for long-term success is to keep going.
On Monday, the Yanks dealt closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, swingman Adam Warren and Class A outfielder Rashad Crawford.
With just one week to go until the trade deadline, nearly every team in baseball figures to explore the market for one particular asset, either buying or selling it. That asset? Relief pitching.
This week’s four featured teams could all play major roles in that bullpen-swapping bonanza. The Brewers have a loaded ‘pen, which has other teams burning up the phone lines.
If you’re a 90s kid, you remember Ken Griffey Jr.’s greatest moment like it was yesterday. High-pressure situation, everything on the line. Loudmouth in the peanut gallery heckling him. Everything rests on one throw from his powerful left arm. Junior eyes his target, winds up … and gets interrupted by an adoring fan.
The August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning the clock is ticking for teams to complete trades that will either help position themselves for a playoff push this year or set themselves up for a brighter future.
Last week, we looked at all 15 American League teams, examining what each of them might (and should) do between now and the trade deadline.
The All-Star Game gave 68 of the game’s brightest stars a chance to enjoy the accolades of the crowd in San Diego, and to acknowledge the respect of the fans and managers who tapped them to play. But we have far more than 68 players making an impact this year in the big leagues, many of those not receiving much attention for their excellence.
With two and a half weeks to go until the trade deadline, teams are already frantically making deals. Well, two teams are anyway. For the other 28, the time between now and Aug. 1 could offer plenty of insight on the rest of this season, and beyond.
So let’s take a look at how every major league team is positioned, and what they might do in the days and weeks ahead.
This week, the baseball world descends on San Diego for three days for the 2016 All-Star Game. Highlighting the festivities is a fun exhibition game that stupidly decides home-field advantage in the World Series, because former commissioner Bud Selig was made to look ridiculous, and a man in his position can’t afford to be made to look ridiculous.
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