The 2020 trade deadline is not like any other as it is pushed into the halfway point of a shortened 60 game season. How teams will evaluate their needs and assets while fighting for what will be an extended postseason with eight teams making it from each league is going to be interesting. The drama of the trade deadline should continue and we will take a look at some of the top rumors heading into the home stretch.
Team: Cleveland Indians
Rumored Trade Partners: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres
Lineups Analysis: The Cleveland asking price is fairly high from the recent reports where teams are not willing to give up as much. Atlanta makes the most sense given their rotation is decimated with injuries. They also have the pieces to make it work. Clevinger had issues with the Indians during his handling of quarantine and this is likely what triggered him being listed.
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Rumored Trade Partners: San Diego Padres
Lineups Analysis: It is hard to see Milwaukee parting ways unless they get a ridiculous trade value in return. The Brewers are still in the hunt so it is tough to see him go. San Diego lost Kirby Yates for the season and they have called the Brewers to see if they could replace Yates for another elite closer.
Boston Red Sox Roster
Team: Boston Red Sox
Rumored Trade Partners: Contending Teams
Lineups Analysis: Boston is a team that is headed for a top-five pick in the draft and there have been major rumors about some big names on the trade block with nobody off-limits. As Boston needs to build some youth again this might be a way to do it. There are some player option and expiring contracts to work with. Martinez would be a slugger for any contending team while Christian Vazquez would help with catching needs.
2020 Notable Contract Year Players
- Giancarlo Stanton (Player Option)
- Masahiro Tanaka
- J.D. Martinez
- George Springer
- Marcell Ozuna
- Trevor Bauer
- Michael Brantley
- Justin Turner
- Nick Castellanos (Player Option)
- Nelson Cruz
- Marcus Semien
- James Paxton
- D.J. LeMahieu
- Marcus Stroman
- Jackie Bradley Jr.
- Ken Giles
- Robbie Ray
- Mike Minor