Baltimore Orioles: Don’t Change A Thing
Baltimore isn’t in first place in the AL East, but it already has the talent in order to make a run in the second half of the season and clinch a playoff berth. Chris Davis and Manny Machado have been firing on all cylinders and the offense doesn’t need to be messed with at this point.
If this were a week or two ago, Jake Arrieta would’ve been the guy who should be traded. But general manager Dan Duquette beat me to the punch. He dealt the right-hander to the Cubs in exchange for Scott Feldman, a middle-of-the-rotation guy the Orioles desperately needed to acquire in June. Baltimore doesn’t need much else.
Boston Red Sox: Stephen Drew
While Stephen Drew is currently on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, he’s the type of player who is very expendable. As Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe wrote last month, the Red Sox can now trade Drew since June 15 has passed. He also notes that Boston would have no problem finding a taker for the shortstop.
Boston has Jose Iglesias, who has been red hot this season, at shortstop while Drew recovers. Iglesias, however, should be playing short when Drew comes back and not third base. If Will Middlebrooks gets promoted from Triple-A and starts to hit like a professional baseball player again, Drew will be out of a job.
New York Yankees: Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes is the definition of an up-and-down pitcher. You never know what you’re going to get from him each year. In 2010, he went 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA. He’s probably never going to be better than that. This year, he’s 4-8 through 17 starts with a 4.55 ERA and an average of 7.39 strikeouts and 2.37 walks per nine innings.
The Yankees are dangling Hughes at the moment, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, as the Bronx Bombers seek to aid their struggling offense. With Michael Pineda attempting to make his way back to the big leagues, it would make sense to deal Hughes in order to open up a spot for the former Seattle Mariner.
Tampa Bay Rays: Luke Scott
The Rays don’t really need Luke Scott on the active roster anymore, so Tampa Bay should look into seeing if another team wants him. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote, before Wil Myers was promoted, that if the Rays were to call him up, they’d have a tough time finding playing time for the top prospect.
The Rays did promote Myers, and they have a bit of a logjam now in the outfield. Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce are locks for the starting lineup and Myers needs to play every day too. Kelly Johnson has had a solid year as well. By ditching Scott, Tampa Bay could play all four, with three in the outfield and one as the DH.
Toronto Blue Jays: Munenori Kawasaki
Once Brett Lawrie returns from the disabled list, expect the Blue Jays to start mixing things. Toronto currently has too many infielders on the active roster and someone is bound to get dealt before the deadline. The one player that the Blue Jays should look into trading is Munenori Kawasaki.
While Kawasaki isn’t the most productive player in the world, he would be valuable to a contender seeking a backup infielder. The Blue Jays don’t need three backup infielders on the 25-man squad. He has the most value of the other guys with similar roles, so if Toronto isn’t going to make the postseason, it should trade him.