Saturday, July 8, 2017

What Certain Teams Need To Do Post-All-Star Break

            The MLB All-Star Game is rapidly approaching, which means teams will either be buyers or sellers come the trade deadline. What do certain teams need to do in order to either get in contention or brighten their future?

  • Milwaukee Brewers: Put the Foot on the Throat: The Brewers have a 4.5 game lead on the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, which is surprising to many experts. If Milwaukee wants to expand their lead, they need to make a move at the trade deadline and go for another starter. They have the farm system to do as such.
  • Chicago Cubs: Figure It Out: It's surprising that the Chicago Cubs are at .500 right now considering the amount of troubles they've had throughout the season. Rotation woes, injuries, an inconsistent lineup. With the wild-card currently out of the grasp of the defending champs, they'll have to make a move in the NL Central. Otherwise, they're done.
  • Washington Nationals: Fix the 'Pen: The Nationals have the worst bullpen ERA in the National League (5.15) and their closer-by-committee experiment isn't working. They'll have to look at some closer options to help them out. Maybe Rafael Iglesias (15 saves, 0.94 WHIP, 1.73 ERA, 10.80 K/9) could be of assistance?
  • Houston Astros: Find Another Starter: The Astros have been dominant this season thanks to their offense. But they could use another arm. Jose Quintana has been linked to the Astros for quite some time.
  • Cincinnati Reds: Sell Assets: As stated in a previous blog post, the Reds should try and acquire as many top-level prospects as they can. But Votto and Cozart shouldn't be the only options they have for trades. 
  • New York Yankees: Get the Judge Some Help: Aaron Judge is on a tear; he has 30 homers and 66 RBIs before the All-Star Break. However, the Yankees have been sliding as of late and could give Judge a pick-me-up in the lineup. The Yankees should look at the likes of J.D. Martinez and see if they can stick him in the other outfield corner.
  • Boston Red Sox: Work the David Price Drama Out: David Price seems to be at ends with the Boston media. The Boston media has a tendency of being extremely critical of underperforming stars and Price is no exception. A 4.02 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP doesn't seem Price-like for the former Cy Young winner.
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Break It Down: With the AL East deeper than it's ever been, the Blue Jays don't have a good chance of making the postseason again. Selling players like Josh Donaldson and Marcus Stroman can help the Jays fetch some prospects in return.
  • Colorado Rockies: Get Back on Track: The Rockies have fallen to third in the NL West after going on a 47-26 start. They've only won four of their last 16 games and the Dodgers are rapidly pulling away from the pack. Making their move at the trade deadline can assure the Rockies don't completely break down.

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