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Chicago Cubs: Keep Dealing for Prospects
The Cubs started making moves a few weeks ago when they shipped Scott Feldman off to the Orioles. Then, on Monday, they traded away Matt Garza for a bunch of good prospects. However, they shouldn't stop now.
Chicago’s minor league system is improving rapidly, and while the team’s World Series drought is bound to continue for a few more years, it shouldn’t be much longer until it is a contender. The Cubs should keep trading their veterans to further enhance the collection of prospects they have in the minors.
Cincinnati Reds: Trade for Bullpen Help
The Cincinnati bullpen is currently the 21st-best in baseball this season in terms of WAR. While guys like Aroldis Chapman and Sam LeCure have been good for most of the year, the team still needs some help. The Reds truly need a lefty, since Manny Parra is the lone option aside from Chapman.
Parra has been good but not great in 2013. In 24 innings across 28 appearances, the 30-year-old has allowed 10 runs and struck out 32 batters. There should be a bunch of lefty relievers on the market in the next week, and the Reds need to jump at the opportunity to land one. Doing so would greatly help their playoff hopes.
Milwaukee Brewers: Trade Yovani Gallardo, Prepare for 2014
Milwaukee is well out of the race in the NL Central and really just needs to start preparing for next season. In 2014, it’ll have a healthy and free Ryan Braun, and many of its banged-up stars will be back as well.
It also makes sense to get rid of Yovani Gallardo while the Brewers still can. He isn’t having the best season, as he’s 8-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 21 starts, but the team could still get a lot for him. The ideal trade would have Milwaukee receiving two upper-level prospects who are on the brink of playing in the major leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Acquire First Baseman and Shortstop
The combination of Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez is not going to help the Pirates make it into the postseason. The two first basemen have failed to produce at the plate, and Pittsburgh needs to find someone who can. Jones is hitting .259/.309/.445 through 89 games, while Sanchez is hitting .226/.349/.401 through 85 games.
The Pirates could also use an upgrade at shortstop, where Clint Barmes has played for most of the season. Through 67 games in 2013, he is hitting .222/.263/.293 with two home runs and 10 RBI. With two obvious weaknesses in the team’s offense, there’s no way general manager Neal Huntington can stand pat come July 31.
St. Louis Cardinals: Find a New Shortstop
The Cardinals are really missing Rafael Furcal, who’s been out for the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Pete Kozma has tried to be a good replacement, but he just isn’t getting the job done. While he’s very good defensively, Kozma has struggled a ton at the plate this year.
Through 88 games, Kozma is hitting .237/.281/.295 with one home run and 30 RBI. Is his defense worth keeping him in the lineup? There may not be a lot of shortstops on the market in the next week or so, but if there’s a good one, St. Louis has to go out and trade for him. It can’t play Kozma the rest of 2013 and into the postseason.