Most baseball news now revolves around potential trades by teams looking to stay in the 2015 postseason race, and for good reason – there’s just over a week left before the July 31st trade deadline. Plenty of trades are expected to happen before the 31st because so many teams are still alive for at least a Wild Card spot. So that means you can expect to hear a lot more rumors before the deadline actually happens. But below are three trades that are very likely to go through as we approach the non-waiver deadline.
1. Dodgers Yasiel Puig for Mets Matt Harvey
In the past, we’ve covered how Puig has rubbed his L.A. teammates the wrong way through a variety of stunts. But previously it seemed like Dodgers management was willing to look past this, given Puig’s immense talent and relatively cheap salary. However, the Dodgers have gotten good enough production from Andre Ethier and have Carl Crawford coming back from injury. So they can probably afford to part with their enigma of an outfielder in exchange for some pitching. Trading for Matt Harvey would give them another quality starter and somebody who’d be under contract for three years. Meanwhile, the Mets have a deep rotation and a need for a talented outfielder/hitter like Puig.
2. Cardinals Tim Cooney for Phillies Jonathan Papelbon
Philadelphia is the worst team in the league and they’re trying to acquire as many good young players as possible. So a $13 million closer in Papelbon just doesn’t fit their needs right now – especially since they’re not ahead in many games by the ninth inning. Plus they have Ken Giles, who’s ready to assume Papelbon’s duties whenever the need arises. This is where the Cardinals come in because their current closer, Trevor Rosenthal, has experienced some rough outings lately due to arm soreness. So if St. Louis could add another quality closer like Papelbon, they wouldn’t have to overwork Rosenthal so much.
3. Tigers David Price for Astros Derek Fisher and Vincent Velasquez
David Price is a new addition to the trade rumors, considering that Detroit has just started shopping him. 9-3 with a 2.32 ERA, Price is sure to draw plenty of interest on the (now-short) trade market, and he could certainly fetch some nice prospects. Houston remains in both the AL West and Wild Card race, and they have another need for a good starting pitcher. They already have staff ace Dallas Keuchel; but adding Price would give them an incredible 1-2 duo capable of going deep into October. In return the Tigers could get prospects Derek Fisher (OF) and Vincent Velasquez (P). The latter is the 4th-ranked prospect in the Astros organization after going 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five AA starts.