With June coming to a close and focus shifts to July, it is time to officially start warming up the stove. June is really where you begin to separate the contenders from the pretenders. July though is where GMs decide to go for the playoff push, rebuild, or stand pat to bank on developing the team as currently constructed. The way things are shaping up it is looking like a buyer’s market. The Yankees have already kicked off trade season by acquiring 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion back on June 15th. If you’ve listened to the Heart of the Order podcast, you know Mac, Malek, and myself have started to dive into the buyers and sellers. As we sit here today (and things will definitely change), here are 3 players I would not hesitate to trade.
- P- Madison Bumgarner: San Francisco Giants
Admittedly so, he’s not the same pitcher he used to be. This isn’t the Mad Bum who mowed down every opponent he faced back in the 2014 postseason. However, if you’re a team who is desperate for pitching like the Cardinals, Yankees, or Brewers then this would be the biggest name available. He’s sporting a 4-7 record with a 4.21 ERA and 104 strikeouts on an atrocious Giants team (19.5 GB) who is fast approaching a complete rebuild for the post Bruce Bochy era. He’s the best piece the Giants have to sell and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Trading Mad Bum now would give the Giants an opportunity to set the market and get started on the inevitable rebuild.
- P- Marcus Stroman: Toronto Blue Jays
If you’ve been listening to the Heart of the Order, I’ve been calling this since the first pitch of the 2019 MLB season. Since first pitch, Stroman has done everything in his power to increase that trade value. For me, I believe he’s the best pitcher currently available for trade. The Blue Jays (23.5 GB) have not made anything official regarding his availability but I’m sure teams have called. Currently sporting a 5-9 record with an impressive 3.04 ERA and 77 strikeouts, he’s a guy who can help anchor a starting rotation of teams like the Twins, Phillies, and Rockies. He’s so good this year and has team control through 2020, I’d trust him to lead a rotation so teams who need a front line starter such as the Padres or Rangers would also benefit. Take advantage of the Raptors championship wave before NBA FA starts and send Stroman packing under the radar.
- 1B – Jose Abreu: Chicago White Sox
Unless Anthony Rendon is made available for the Nationals, I believe this will be the best bat available for trade. He’s a rental so he is not going to cost as much the pitchers previously mentioned. His 2019 campaign has been at an all star level currently hitting .260 with 19 home runs and 59 RBIs. The White Sox (14 GB) have done an excellent job over the years of completing the rebuild. They’ve acquired great talents in P Lucas Giolito, OF Eloy Jimenez, and 2B Yoan Moncada who are already making an impact at the MLB level. There’s other talents just waiting for the call in SP Dylan Cease and SP Michael Kopach. By trading Abreu, the White Sox would officially put the bow on the completion of the rebuild. The Rays, Rangers, and Red Sox should all be calling GM Rick Hahn to get this big bat needed to stabilize these offenses.