We’re about a week away from the new July 31st trade deadline that will most likely be complete chaos as the second wild card spot has convinced so many bad teams into believing that they’re postseason bound that every team is looking to acquire players.
We all know the big names of Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman but lets’ look at some guys who might not be household names that could help teams win the World Series.
Here are 10 under the radar players that could be dealt at the 2019 trade deadline :
1. Kirby Yates
Kirby Yates is decent or whatever. He just has a 1.05 ERA with 70 Ks to only 9 walks in 43 innings pitched. The San Diego Padres are 4 games out of the Wild Card and certainly didn’t pay Manny Machado Jeff Bezos divorce money to watch the playoffs from home but they’d be foolish to not get the most value out of their 32-year old reliever.
2. Yasiel Puig
There’s nothing about Yasiel Puig that’s necessarily ‘under the radar’ but his name is coming up in trade scenarios as much as it should. It seems like a guarantee that Puig won’t end the season on the Cincinnati Reds.
Puig needs to be placed in the center of a playoff series so he can fight a pitcher for throwing inside even though the pitcher had absolutely no intention of hitting him.
3. Robbie Ray
Robbie Ray is 27-years old and is under contract through the 2020 season so he might take a little extra to pry him away from Arizona but he’s worth it considering he’s second in the NL with 162 strikeouts behind only Max Scherzer. You’d be acquiring a pitcher who is statistically comparable to the best pitcher in baseball.
4. Starlin Castro
It genuinely doesn’t make sense that Starlin Castro is even still on the Marlins as Derek Jeter has gone out of his way to rid this team of any and all talented players. I assume Castro just lives in a hotel room out of fear that a 2-for-3 night with a double a 2 RBIs could immediately force Jeter to trade him away for magic beans and a diet coke.
5. Shane Greene
Shane Greene is tied for 3rd in the AL with 22 saves. It’s worth noting that the Detroit Tigers have only won 30 games. And Greene has saved 22 of them. His numbers would be Hall of Fame worthy if he played on a team that provided him opportunities to actually come into the game.
6. Nicholas Castellanos
It’s a bit strange that Nick Castellanos is leading the American League with 34 doubles while only hitting 11 home runs in a season when everyone is having career home run seasons but that could have a lot to do with the Comerica Park fences being miles away from home plate.
7. Lance Lynn
Last season, the Yankees traded for Lance Lynn at the deadline and he was average as hell. He had a 4.14 ERA and essentially just ate innings every 5 days because someone had to.
Fast forward to 2019 and Lynn leads all American League pitchers in WAR. Ok. He added a cutter and now suddenly he’s one of the best strikeout pitchers in baseball.
8. Derek Dietrich
Everyone the Miami Marlins let go has transformed into beasts the second they bought a plane ticket out of Florida. Dietrick is only batting .219 this season but his .351 OBP and 19 homers could make him absolutely crucial for a playoff run. He gets on base and he sends the ball to the seats. He can win you a series.
9. Franmil Reyes
Franmil Reyes is quietly one of my favorite stories this season and I’ve been searching for an opportunity to write about him so here we are. He’s slashing .251/.309/.545 and has bashed 26 bombs.
He’s a 24-year old phenom who is having a breakout year. So why would San Diego trade him? Well they essentially have four outfielders already. Wil Myers got a big payday, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot have the other outfield positions and they have a stud, Josh Naylor, waiting in the wings.
10. Corey Kluber
This is probably the least likely player on this list to be moved due to Kluber currently being on the IL with a broken arm but he’s back to throwing on the mound and could easily return by September when he’ll be most needed.
Cleveland tried to shop him in the offseason so I can’t imagine this new injury suddenly makes them want to hold onto him. Kluber’s contract and injury history might make him cheaper to acquire at the deadline which could make the 2-time Cy Young winner an absolute STEAL.