The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is just over 24 hours away, and while the biggest deal of them all already took place in mid-July (the Orioles sending Manny Machado to the LA Dodgers for five prospects), there are still plenty of deals and moves in the works. Who is most likely to find himself in a new city and new uniform by Tuesday evening?
Chris Archer is the top candidate for “most likely to play in a new uniform by Tuesday.” The 29-year-old righty is one of only a few frontline pitchers still available as the deadline approaches. According to several different sources, there is a lot of talk around the Tampa Bay pitcher, and the chatter is increasing from day-to-day. The two-time All Star has a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season, with 102 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched.
Added bonus that comes along with Archer: unlike other pitchers who were already dealt – J.A. Happ for example – he isn’t a rental. Any team that lands the starting pitcher would have him locked at least for the next few seasons, and for a bargain price. He’s owed only $7.7 million in 2019, and club options for the following two seasons.
Some of the teams in talks to acquire Archer are the Padres, Yankees, Braves, Dodgers, Pirates, Cardinals and more. But what will they have to give up for him?
Veteran Marlins pitcher Brad Ziegler could be on the move to Chicago or Boston this week, according to Jon Heyman. While the 38-year-old didn’t have the greatest (or even okay) start to the season, posting a 13.5 ERA in June and 8.71 in May, he’s bounced back over the last two months, with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched in June, and 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched in July.
His ERA over the past 30 days, 0.68, is good for second best among relievers in the National League. Ziegler has made 52 appearances for the Marlins this season, recording ten saves and striking out 35.
He will become a free agent after this season.
Another Marlin likely to be on the move. Talks between Miami and the Washington Nationals for the 27-year-old catcher are continuing. Realmuto recorded seven hits in his last four games – a four-game series against the Nationals. He has a slash line of .311/.361/.531 for the season, with 96 hits, 52 runs, 13 home runs and 51 RBI.
But he comes at a price. According to Heyman, the Marlins are asking for two of the Nationals top prospects: Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom. Robles, a 21-year-old outfielder, is ranked fifth on MLB’s top prospects list. Kieboom is 35th on the list.
nats and marlins haven’t closed door on Realmuto, so there could still be talks until Tuesday. last we heard, nats would consider including Robles or possibly kieboom, and marlins sought both for baseball’s best catcher.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 29, 2018
Realmuto is having the best season of his career so far, and made his first All Star appearance this season. Will he find himself making a playoff push in Washington?