The 2013 MLB non-waiver trade deadline is just a few days away, but the rumors surrounding the biggest names in the sport and where they may end up landing has casual and hardcore baseball fans alike ready for a wild Wednesday.
All of the following players have been rumored to be on the trade block, and this is where each is predicted to end up when the dust settles after the deadline.
Date: Wednesday, July 31
End Time: 4 p.m. ET
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
The biggest name on the market this season has been Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, and as the deadline approaches, the chatter surrounding the veteran will continue to skyrocket.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports and Jayson Stark of ESPN are reporting the latest on the Peavy sweepstakes and which teams are currently involved in the bidding:
Red Sox very much in Jake Peavy sweepstakes. Wouldn't exactly say they're favorites but between motivation and prospects in strong position.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2013
White Sox haven't shown interest in eating any of Peavy's $ (close to $24M left). That & health were big issues for Atl, Bal, StL & even LA— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 28, 2013
While Peavy hasn’t been great in 2013—he has amassed an 8-4 record with a 4.28 ERA and 76 strikeouts—the support of a real offense in a new city would help bolster his statistics and his confidence.
There are many teams that could use Peavy’s services, but none more than the Boston Red Sox.
With relative unknowns in Felix Doubront and Brandon Workman rounding out Boston’s starting rotation, the addition of a proven veteran to the Red Sox roster would be huge boast to the team’s postseason hopes.
Predicted Landing Spot: Boston Red Sox
Michael Young, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies are performing horribly right now (they lost eight of nine on recent road trip), and there is no doubt that teams will be interested in making trades with the potential deadline sellers.
ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Phillies have listed the players they will sell at the deadline, and that includes veteran infielder Michael Young:
PHI has reached out to other teams to let other teams know that players are available, including Michael Young. Cliff Lee not on the list.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
There will undoubtedly be interest from teams in such a reliable-hitting infielder, but the Texas Rangers may have the talent and need to make a deal come to fruition, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
The Rangers are focused on outfielders at the moment, but they've talked at least internally about the possibility of trying to bring back former Rangers star Michael Young, according to sources.
Texas has a serious need for consistency in the lineup, and Young would have that handled. While he has lost some of his fielding skills, his .277 batting average and .342 on-base percentage this season would be a blessing for the Rangers.
The franchise would have to admit defeat by trading for the infielder after dealing him to Philadelphia this offseason, but it would be worth the price to make it back to the postseason.
Predicted Landing Spot: Texas Rangers