The 2013 non-waiver MLB trade deadline is July 31, and the rumors that surround the date have hardcore and casual baseball fans alike excited about the possible deals on the table.
All of the following chatter from around the league has huge names like Jake Peavy, Michael Young and others reportedly drawing interest, and these blockbuster moves could change the complexion of the postseason.
Contenders Eyeing Jake Peavy?
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy isn’t having one of his best statistical seasons, but according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, there are a few serious contenders across the league that are interested in trading for the veteran.
Namely the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Peavy has amassed a 7-4 record with a 4.19 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched this season, and the veteran still has enough in the tank to serve as a quality addition to an already dangerous starting rotation.
With an attached contract to the tune of two years and $29 million (in first year of deal), this won’t be a cheap move for interested teams. There will be at least one franchise that feels this is a risk worth the reward and makes a deal with the White Sox, though.
Michael Young Drawing Serious Interest?
The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling to find their identity (eight games back in the division with a 49-52 record), and if the team doesn’t come out of its funk soon, the organization will have no choice but to become sellers at the trade deadline.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, one of the targets drawing the most attention is veteran infielder Michael Young:
About a dozen clubs have checked in on Young, according to major league sources. Included among them: The Boston Red Sox, who had their vice president of player personnel, Allard Baird, watch the Phillies in back-to-back series before the All-Star break, sources say.
While the Phillies continue to falter and fail in the National League, Young is quietly putting together an effective campaign in Philadelphia.
With the veteran maintaining a .280 batting average, a .343 on-base percentage, hitting seven home runs and adding 31 RBI and 38 runs, there is little doubt that any team looking to add a right-handed batter or a versatile infielder will go all-in on Young.
Pittsburgh Pirates Looking to Add More Talent?
The Pittsburgh Pirates are already having one of the best seasons in recent franchise history, but the team is reportedly looking to add even more talent and depth before the trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
The surprising Pirates are said to be among the teams seeking to acquire White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, and people familiar with Pittsburgh's thinking suggest they wouldn't be surprised if the Pirates expand the talks to include Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, as well.
On the surface, Rios and Ramirez aren’t game-changers on their own. Add the talent of the two White Sox players to an already impressive Pirates roster, though, and there is little doubt that Pittsburgh would maintain its torrid pace through the summer and into the fall.
For a franchise that has been the butt of too many jokes in the majors over the years, the Pirates must pull the trigger on this deal and try to make a deep run in the postseason.