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National League Trade Rumors

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National League Trade Rumors

With just 10 days until the annual trade deadline, many teams across the National League are searching for that last piece of the puzzle that could ultimately lead to a celebration in October with the Commissioner’s Trophy.  With many strong teams in the league like the Cubs, the Giants, and the Nationals, one key player could be the difference between going to the Fall Classic and collapsing in September.  For the sellers, this could lead to an elite prospect, one that has the potential to turn a failing franchise into a perennial contender.

Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers are at the forefront of the trade speculation.  Unlike in recent years though, the Dodgers are not looking for mere upgrades, but rather big splashes that can have major payoffs.  The biggest names on their radars are both now members of the Tampa Bay Rays.  Evan Longoria has been brought up in discussions between the two organizations, but it seems that starter Chris Archer is more likely to join Los Angeles.  Multiple rival executives have stated that they believe the Dodgers will acquire Archer despite his sub-par season.  Clayton Kershaw could be out for an extended period with his back injury, so Archer could fill the void in Kershaw’s absence.  The Dodgers biggest trade chips include outfield Yasiel Puig and left-handed pitching prospect Julio Urias.

Perhaps the biggest impact name on the market this summer is Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy.  The 2016 all-star has batted .305 with 12 home runs while posting a 2.4 WAR so far through 86 games.  Lucroy has been linked in trade rumors with the Cleveland Indians, who could use some extra offense out of the catcher’s position.  Should they choose to move Lucroy to Cleveland, Milwaukee would more than likely receive a coveted prospect such as outfielder Bradley Zimmer or first baseman Bobby Bradley.  The Brewers may also be looking to move relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress.  The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets are among the contenders that are looking to add bullpen help.  Jeffress has 23 saves for Milwaukee this year in his first campaign as a closer.

The Nationals have been making calls on Colorado Rockies’ outfielder Charlie Blackmon.  The 30 year-old center fielder is batting .308 with an .851 OPS and 10 stolen bases in 2016.  Blackmon is signed through the 2019 season, which could explain why some clubs prefer him over Carlos Gonzalez.  The Nationals have been using a platoon of Ben Revere and Michael A. Taylor in center field this year.  Blackmon’s overall offensive ability could bring the National League East leaders to the next level and further solidify their likelihood of reaching the World Series.  Could they consider trading Trea Turner for Blackmon since Turner is blocked by shortstop Danny Espinosa?

Another outfielder that should be moved by the non-waiver deadline is Reds’ slugger Jay Bruce.  Bruce has 18 home runs in 343 at-bats during his third career all-star season.  Many teams looking for a outfield bat could be heavily interested in Bruce, and Cincinnati should be just as interested to move him.  Potential suitors include the Cleveland Indians, the Kansas City Royals, the San Francisco Giants, and the Toronto Blue Jays.  Toronto has shown interest in trading for Bruce in the past.  Whichever club makes the move to acquire the longtime Red, they will probably have to shell out one of their top-ranked prospects.

Jeremy Hellickson may have heard that the Miami Marlins are interested in the former Rookie of the Year.  Hellickson tossed 8 innings of one run ball against the Marlins in what is likely going to end up as his last start as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Marlins are currently 5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the N.L. East, but they do hold the lead for the second wild card spot.  Hellickson would give them additional rotation depth down the stretch.  The Marlins aren’t the only caller on the Iowa native, though.  The Baltimore Orioles are also looking to add starting pitching to pair with their lethal offense.  Hellickson would give either club with a solid mid-rotation starter that could thrive considering the offense his new team would be providing.