By: Ross Sutton
Astros Acquire Roberto Osuna:
The Blue Jays traded Osuna shortly after the rumors that the team could be interested in trading the All-Star closer first surfaced, so this trade seemed to come out of nowhere. This was an interesting move because the Astros traded away Ken Giles, who had been the team’s closer for the majority of the last couple of years. Giles has struggled a lot this year though, so the Astros probably made a good move by trading for Osuna. Due to Osuna’s domestic violence-related suspension, he will not be able to pitch until August 4th. This sketchy background also adds another element of intrigue in regards to how Osuna will fit in and be accepted by the rest of the Astros team.
Mets Expected to Keep DeGrom and Syndergaard:
According to Buster Olney, the Mets are unlikely to trade either of their top two starters. I think this is a bad move because the Mets have one of the weakest farm systems in the league and need to revamp the look of their roster if they want to compete in the next few years. Even if their core suddenly becomes able to stay healthy, they will not be able to be a top team if they do not have players that are under cheap, long-term contracts. I honestly think the Mets would be smart to blow it up and trade everyone with value in order to collect more young talent. Many reports have said that the Mets are likely to trade Zack Wheeler though, which I think would be smart considering it seems that he has some pretty good value as a solid starting pitcher on the market. If the Mets can get some quality prospects in return for Wheeler, they should pull the trigger.
Rays Want Final Offers for Archer:
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has reported that the Rays have told the teams bidding for Archer that they want to hear everyone’s final offer for the talented starting pitcher. Archer’s name has been one of the most talked about when it comes to starting pitchers that could be had at the deadline, as he is under team control through the 2021 season. The Rays would probably be smart to deal Archer, as his extremely team-friendly contract gives him a lot of value on the trade market. The Rays have a talented collection of young players in their organization, so if they could get some quality players that almost ready to be on a major league roster, they might have a pretty quick turnaround to being a playoff contender in the next year or two. Teams that have been reportedly talking to the Rays about Archer include the Padres, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Yankees. I would love to see the Rays get players like Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, and others in return for Archer. I don’t think people realize just how good the Padres could be in a year or two, especially if they were to land Archer from Tampa Bay. Unfortunately though, Dennis Lin of the Athletic has reported that the Padres are unlikely to meet the Rays’ asking price for Archer, but we’ll see if things change tomorrow as the deadline approaches.
Yankees Making More Deals, Don’t Appear to be Done Yet:
The Yankees were somewhat surprisingly active today, as they struck a deal with the Twins for Lance Lynn in exchange for Tyler Austin and Luis Rijo. I was surprised at this move because I figured if the Yanks were going to go after another pitcher, it would be for a top of the rotation stud. Lynn is solid, but he isn’t a second or third starting pitcher for the Yankees. This trade made a lot more sense coming after Brian Cashman traded Adam Warren to the Mariners for international pool money. I think this means that the Yankees will primarily use Lynn in the bullpen in the same role as Warren, and also use him as a starter here and there down the stretch in order to give their top starters some extra rest for the playoffs. I do not think this means Sonny Gray is out of the Yankees starting rotation, as he has pitched well in his last few starts. Cashman and the Yankees appear to be going after that international pool money in order to keep their farm system strong for years to come and trade the players they did not necessarily need in order to be World Series contenders this year. Jon Heyman of Fancred also said that the Yankees were close to acquiring an outfielder this afternoon. This obviously did not come to fruition yet, but the Yankees have a need in the outfield at the moment with Aaron Judge on the DL due to a wrist injury. The Yankees are reportedly interested in Curtis Granderson, Andrew McCutchen, and Cameron Maybin, so we will see if the land one of these players as the deadline approaches. I love the moves the Yankees have made so far during the deadline craze, and it appears that they are going all in to try to catch the Red Sox in the AL East. Even though Boston has been dominating and has a healthy lead in the division, there is still a lot of time left before the regular season ends.
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