MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Moves to Help Teams Win Division
It's getting to be the time of year when baseball teams start to show just what they are.
They may hit in April or pitch poorly in May, but by June 1, most clubs know where they stand.
That's the time to look at the moves that could be made to catch up to division leaders.
It could be a team needs to make a move to stay on top.
It's also a time when teams can unload a star that's in his walk year and get something in return for a contender.
Here are four moves that could win the division for their teams.
Cincinnati Reds: Move Aroldis Chapman to the Rotation
What the Reds need is a dominating arm.
Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake are both great pitchers.
But they instill fear in no one.
Both are soft throwers that get by with hitting spots.
Edison Volquez has electric stuff but has an ERA near 6.
Chapman could be the power arm to make the difference.
St. Louis Cardinals: Sign Albert Pujols Already!
Sure, this doesn't seem to make sense. After all, unless they move him, Albert is obligated to finish the season with the Cardinals.
This move, though, would eliminate any doubt that Pujols will finish his career as a Cardinal.
He could just relax and concern himself with crushing baseballs, which is what the Big Fella does best.
It would also take the issue out of the minds of all of his teammates, allowing them to concentrate on playing good baseballs.
It might even help LaRussa's shingles.
Atlanta Braves: Rent Carlos Beltran
Beltran is probably not the most sought-after free agent after this season, but he may be someone who could be had for a steal, if only to rent him for the rest of the season.
Nate McLouth is just not getting it done in center field for the Bravos. He's hitting under .260 and he's on pace to strike out 130 times. You can accept those numbers if he adds 30 bombs but not for a guy with only one steal.
Beltran still has some production left. He may strike out as much as McLouth, but he's hitting .285 and is on pace to hit 30 home runs and drive in 120.
That would add some punch that may make the difference in the NL East race.
New York Yankees : Make a Run at Mark Buehrle
Although he's off to a pedestrian start, Mark Buehrle would be perfect for Yankee Stadium. He pitches to contact and keeps hitters off balance. In spacious Yankee Stadium, a crafty lefty should be very effective.
Let's face it. If the Bombers have moved Bartolo Colon into their rotation, they could use a big time pitcher that didn't need to have stem cells injected into his arm.
The Yankees have the prospects to get Buehrle and the money to sign and extend him.
The White Sox should be willing to deal him since he's a free agent after 2011.