Five trades that teams should make before the nonwaiver deadline
With a bit more than a day left until the nonwaiver trade deadline, there are still plenty of deals to be made as contenders solidify their rosters and their counterparts try and get some value for veterans. Even after a flurry of moves Thursday, a bevy of talent remains available. Let's play matchmaker!
The Nationals have been asking for the moon for Dunn, the best bat available on the market. Dunn has shown a willingness to stay in Washington, but the Nats aren't going to retain him with the two-year, $20 million bargain contract that pulled him in nearly two years ago. The best long-term play is to turn him into future value, even in a market that seems to be undervaluing veterans. Rodriguez is a left-handed power arm who has come along slowly. At 22, he has 59 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings for Kannapolis in the high-A Carolina League. In the long term, he could be the Nats' version of the White Sox'
The White Sox have a need for left-handed power, for OBP and for an upgrade at DH. Dunn provides all three, without a huge price tag or large future commitment. He can spell
The Cubs' signing of Lilly, which seemed like an overpay at the time, worked out well for them. With just two months left on a four-year deal, however, it's time to cut the left-hander loose and concede a lost season. The Padres are looking for a mid-rotation starter to bolster a staff that has been surprisingly effective, but has been showing signs of wear in July. Lilly is a perfect fit for the Padres, an extreme flyball pitcher made for the deep fences and dead air of Petco Park. The Padres have gotten good work from
The Padres do not have an impressive farm system and gave away one of their better prospects,
Having dealt away
The Cardinals are trying to hang on in the NL Central with arguably the worst shortstop of any contending team in
Scott isn't a sexy name, like Dunn or Lilly or Houston's
The Braves just demoted
The Orioles have a ton of nearly-ready starting pitching but little else. Jones, a 23-year-old shortstop, is raw (37 errors, 88 strikeouts in 95 games at two levels this season) with demonstrated skills. It's an upside play for the Orioles, who also get back a reliever, in Marek, with a track record of minor-league success to upgrade the weakest part of their major-league roster.
There's a dearth of outfielders available to contenders, putting the Marlins in an enviable spot. Ross has been stretched as their everyday guy, with a skill set more suited to a platoon role or fourth-outfielder status, with less time in center field. Ross' most notable skill is an ability to hammer southpaws: .289/.349/.590 in his career. For the Yankees, who have been working around