With the trade deadline approaching, there are many teams deciding on whether or not they will be buyers, sellers, or standstill. For teams like the Marlins, Orioles, Royals, Tigers, Mariners, White Sox and Blue Jays, most likely they will give up whatever they can in order to gain prospects to rebuild their systems. For teams like the Padres, Reds, Rockies, Giants, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Angels, Pirates and Mets, it is a very awkward situation. These teams all seem like they have little chance at this years fall classic. But, Out of all those teams that were just mentioned, they are all within 7 games of the wild card spot. In otherwords, it is up to them whether or not they want to stay in the race or just re-stock the troops and sell their players.
Here is a look at players who are most likely to be dealth and which team would benefit the most from picking them up.
- RHP Mychal Givens, Baltimore Orioles
Givens brings a big arm to someones bullpen which is something a lot of teams lack. One likely destination for Givens is to the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles have interest in Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller who is a 21-year-old lefty. Givens will provide a huge spark to the Braves bullpen as he would finally get to take his talents to a winning team.
- OF/DH Hunter Pence, Texas Rangers
Pence has had one of the strangest seasons. Signing with the Rangers this offseason, it seemed like Pence was just trying to earn some last minute money as his career was running down. Instead, Pence was voted in as the American League starting all-sta DH. Pence could be a lot of help to an American League lineup. One team that stands out to me is the Cleveland Indians. If Pence can play some outfield on days when Carlos Santana needs rest, it will help their starting 9 out tremendously.
- RHP Tanner Roark, Cincinnati Reds
If the Reds decide to sell which they more than likely will, Roark is a top option for them that many teams will be interested in. Two teams come to me when thinking of possible destinations for Roark. One, a return to his old team the Washington Nationals. The Nationals find themselves leading the wild card race and could use another starter to go behind Strasburg and Scherzer. The other is the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics could do what they did with Mike Fiers last year.
- 2B Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
Going off the Reds selling, Gennett could join Roark on the way out the door. After making the all-star game a season ago, Gennett really put himself on the map. A team I see benefitting from him is the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays would love to see Gennett slide into the top of their lineup and provide a spark on the left side of the plate.
- 1B Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
Smoak needs to get out of Toronto. He does not have a good batting average and never has, he is just such a power threat that any playoff team would take him in a heart beat. The Oakland Athletics should make a strong push for Smoak to put him right in the meat of the order with Khris Davis, Matt Olson and Matt Chapman.
- 1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Abreu is an interesting choice. The White Sox love Abreu, but with him entering free agency, they should do everything they can to get anything back for him. I think the Minnesota Twins would finish off their bomb squad with getting Abreu. CJ Cron has done a great job at first base, but if they can upgrade to Abreu, their already AL Central leading team will only get better. That is now a lineup with Max Kepler, Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz looking right at you.
- OF Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
Castellanos has been looked at during the deadline for years it feels like. He can play some third base and also right field. If the Phillies can get him back to third base, they can upgrade from Maikel Franco and give them a huge bat in the middle of the order.
- RHP Shane Greene, Detroit Tigers
Greene has had a break out season, many teams are looking for bullpen help. I see Greene heading right to St. Louis. The Cardinals are using former starter Carlos Martinez to close many games and bringing in Greene will be a huge boost for them.
- RHP Ken Giles, Toronto Blue Jays
Giles was dealt to the Blue Jays from the Astros during a struggling time of his career. Giles now looks to contribute to a bullpen in a World Series push. Look for the New Uork Yankees to make a strong push and solidify their bullpen for good. Dellin Bettances, Adam Ottavino, Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton is scary enough, now throw in Giles. This will help the Yankees with Bettances still out with injury.
- LHP Will Smith, San Francisco Giants
If the Giants do end up selling, Smith is a huge piece to the rebuild. The lefty has had a great year and can give the Giants huge assets in return. The Chicago Cubs brought in Craig Kimbrel recently, now bringing in Smith will finish off that late game bullpen. Two great additions for the Cubs that will push them towards the playoffs.
- RHP Zack Wheeler, New York Mets
Wheeler could be questionable now after his recent injury, but expect him to go to the other side of New york if he does get dealt. the Yankees could use a 4-5 rotation guy to boost the back of the rotation. I feel Wheeler needs a locker room change, same big city, different franchises.
- LHP Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
It is finally time the Giants sell Bumgarner. Before he officially runs out of his prime. The team that could use him the most is the Milwaukee Brewers. They definitely have the offense, giving them the pitching will for sure put them as a favorite in the National League.
- LHP Mike Minor, Texas Rangers
One of the most shocking players we are talking about, Minor truly turned his career around this year. Minor made the all-star team and now looks to make a postseason roster. The St. Louis Cardinals are right up his alley and have the assets to make this happen. Tyler O’Neill would be huge for the Rangers farm system. Minor could help the Cardinals push past the Brewers and Cubs with some quality starts.
- RHP Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
In my opinion, I don’t expect Stroman to get dealt to a big playoff contender. I expect a team to do to him what the Pirates did to Chris Archer last year. In otherwords, go get him in order to build off of him for years to come. Stroman’s best option in my opinion would be to go to hitter friendly Coors Field. The Rockies could really use his young leadership. Stroman would be a great fit for a Rockies team that is still trying to find themselves.
- RHP Kirby Yates, San Diego Padres
Yates is the true Cinderella story. He was rejected by so many teams but yet here he is top of the league in saves come July. Expect the Boston Red Sox to finally go out and get their guy for the the late innings. Yates will be a huge spark that will allow Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman to focus on their respective innings.