With Major League Baseball’s 2018 season underway, here are five possible trades that could happen and shake things up. It could be a team adding an impact bat to their lineup, a starting pitcher, or a bullpen pitcher.
Josh Donaldson is a likely candidate to be traded at the deadline with him being in the final year of his contract. A possible trade scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman would be him going to the St. Louis Cardinals with the Blue Jays getting infielder Jedd Gyorko and Cardinals ninth ranked prospect in right handed pitcher Dakota Hudson. Donaldson would give St. Louis another power bat and allow them to make a deep run this season. Last season, Donaldson hit .270 with 33 home runs and 78 RBIs for the Blue Jays.
Chris Archer could be on the move this season too. Archer is a solid starter having a 10-12 record with a 4.07 ERA and 249 strikeouts last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. A trade scenario for Archer would be him getting the chance to rejoin with his former manager Joe Madden with the Chicago Cubs with the Rays receiving two of the Cubs top prospects in left handed pitcher Brendon Little, who ranks fifth among Cubs prospects, and eleventh ranked prospect shortstop Armais Ademan. This trade would benefit both teams, giving the Rays young talent as they continue to rebuild and the Cubs would upgrade their starting rotation for them to make a push for the playoffs.
Khris Davis of the Oakland Athletics is the next possible player to be traded at this year’s deadline. The Athletics outfielder/designated hitter, in 2017, had a .247 batting average, 43 home runs, and drove in 110 RBIs. A possible trade would be Davis heading to the Cleveland Indians giving them an impact bat. In return, the Athletics would receive two of Cleveland’s top prospects like second ranked prospect pitcher Triston Mckenize and seventh ranked prospect outfielder Will Benson. These two players would help Oakland in continuing their reformation.
The fourth player that could be on the move is Kansas City Royals closer Kelvin Herrera. Last season, Herrera had a 3-3 record with a 4.25 ERA and had 26 saves. The hard throwing right handed pitcher could be an upgrade to any team trying to improve their bullpen. A possible trade for the Royals would send Herrera to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for veteran outfielder Hunter Pence. Last season, the Giants had trouble closing out games as closer Mark Melancon only converted 11 of 16 save opportunities in just 30 innings. For Pence, he would be able to slide into the Royals lineup at right field also giving them depth while they reload.
The last player possibly heading to a new team could be Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. The 27-year-old catcher is coming off one of his best seasons hitting .278 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs. Realmuto hit an impressive .317 last year on the road for the Marlins. A projected trade would be him going to the Los Angeles Angels, giving them an upgrade over catcher Martin Maldonado. Last season, Maldonado only had a .221 batting average with 14 home runs and had 38 RBIs. In return, the Marlins would receive the Angels fourth ranked prospect in outfielder Brandon Marsh and eighteenth ranked prospect shortstop David Fletcher. The Marlins, this offseason, moved Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna,Giacarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich. The two prospects would give the Marlins more options for years to come as they’re continuing to retool and unload contracts.
All of these trades would benefit each team involved allowing them to concentrate on the future or in making a run for this year’s playoffs.