On Monday, I wrote about some midseason relief pitcher trade candidates. Today, we take a look at some starting pitchers who could be on the block once we get to July and their teams are out of contention and in selling mode, or contending with rotation depth and holes to fill elsewhere.
While starting pitching depth is a rare luxury in baseball, contending teams could sacrifice organizational depth in order to acquire talent to help for the final eight-to-10 weeks of the season and potentially into the postseason. So, in another words, if they have six good starting pitchers in mid-July, they might risk taking a chance that the remaining five will stay healthy the rest of the way if they were to trade one.
For this discussion, I’ll stick with the most tradable commodities on projected sellers. I wrote last week, however, about some teams that might have some starting pitching to spare.
Last July, plenty of starters switched teams shortly before the trade deadline, including Ryan Dempster, Zack Greinke, Paul Maholm and Wandy Rodriguez. All four of the aforementioned pitchers went from non-contending teams to teams in the playoff hunt.
Here are five starters who could be popular trade targets about four months from now.