The Kansas City Royals traded Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals on Monday for three prospects, sparking trade talks. With July around the corner, here are some players that could be on the move by July 31, besides the most talked about Manny Machado:
The San Diego Padres have one of the biggest trade targets of 2018 in Hand. He is tied for third in the majors with 21 saves. The lefty is drawing interest from mostly the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, along with some other teams. The 28-year-old closer is on a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 and sporting a 2.43 ERA with 54 strikeouts.
Hand is a Padre after the deadline if the asking price is too high. According to Jon Morosi, the Padres want a “young everyday player”, which could include Rafael Devers from the Sox.
Moustakas missed out on a long-term deal during the offseason. He is going to be a rental, since he is a free agent again next year, but he is worth the trade. The 29-year-old has 14 home runs and 48 RBI this season in 73 games. His .263 average is the second best of his career. He hit a career high 38 home runs last year.
The Royals are in the bottom of the AL Central and have the second worst team in the MLB at just 22-52, which is just a half game up on the Baltimore Orioles for the worst team in the league.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made its’ intentions clear when they decided to trade Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. Now, the Pirates are in a rebuild and Harrison doesn’t fit the rebuild since he turns 31 in July.
He is hitting .286 this season and has an OPS of .733. He is an enticing option because he can play anywhere in the infield. The utility infielder is a free agent after this season if his option isn’t picked up. He is set to make $10 million the first year of the option and the $11 million in the second.
The Tampa Bay Rays started its’ rebuild during the offseason when they traded Evan Longoria to the Giants. The odd man out is Archer. The right-handed ace, when healthy, is one of the best pitchers in the game, and has been in trade rumors the last two seasons. He has at least two years left on his six-year $25.5 million contract with a team option in 2020 and 2021.
Archer has a career 3.67 ERA and a 3.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Since making the World Series in 2015, the New York Mets have been confusing. They haven’t been on top, but haven’t been terrible. The first straw to rebuild was cutting ties with Matt Harvey. Now, the Mets are in fourth place and don’t seem to be making ground, sensing the start of a rebuild.
deGrom is the player that would get them the most in a potential deal. He has a 1.51 ERA, which leads the majors. He has racked up 50 wins in his three and a half years in the league. He has one year left on his existing contract, but is under control until 2021 due to arbitration.