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Rising Apple

NY Mets: Five bullpen trade targets for the 2020 August deadline

The New York Mets need bullpen help to compete in 2020. These five names would be a huge help. For a number of years, the biggest problem the New York Mets have had has been their bullpen production. Since 2017, the Mets have the second-highest bullpen ERA at 4.92, ranking only in front of the […] NY Mets: Five bullpen trade targets for the 2020 August deadline - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates: Examining Derek Holland’s Trade Value

Derek Holland has steadily increased his trade value over his first two starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Very soon, he might be a hot commodity come the trade deadline. Despite not even playing a 15th game of the regular season, the 2020 MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching. The deadline for this year is August […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Examining Derek Holland’s Trade Value - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

NY Mets: No matter what, expect them to buy at the 2020 trade deadline

Regardless of where the New York Mets are in the standings at the 2020 trade deadline, we can expect them to buy with the 2021 season in mind. Brodie Van Wagenen is a competitor. Everything he has done as New York Mets general manager suggests this. Whether you like him or not, winning is at […] NY Mets: No matter what, expect them to buy at the 2020 trade deadline - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: Is it Worth Making a Big Trade for 2020 Season?

The trade deadline for the 2020 season is quickly approaching and we look to see if it’s worth the Atlanta Braves making a blockbuster deal. Certainly, the Atlanta Braves will not be able to replace Mike Soroka in the starting rotation this season no matter who might be available in a trade, but you have […] Atlanta Braves: Is it Worth Making a Big Trade for 2020 Season? - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Yoenis Cespedes’s greatest moments with the Mets

When healthy, he was one of the most exciting players on the field. Right before the deadline on July 31, 2015, GM Sandy Alderson acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers after a whirlwind week for Mets fans. As fans all know by now, this trade altered the trajectory of the season and Cespedes become synonymous with the thrill ride in the same way Wilmer Flores did. The ending, of course, isn’t what anyone envisioned back on that warm July afternoon but there is little doubt the neon sleeve, the Lion King music, and the absolutely Herculean blasts brought joy to Citi Field that had been...


Austin Meadows Returns

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports The Rays All-Star outfielder will make his return Tuesday night at Tropicana Field against the Boston Red Sox With their return to Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays will welcome back All-Star outfielder and 2019 lead-off hitter Austin Meadows to their active roster. Meadows has been outstanding since joining the Rays along with Tyler Glasnow and top prospect Shane Baz at the 2018 trade deadline. During the 2019 regular season, Meadows would hit .291/.364/.558 with 32 homeruns and accrued 4.0 fWAR over 138 games played. Meadows seemed prime to soar even...

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees’ best trade chip

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your article featured on the front page. In a normal season, we would be spending this week recapping the MLB trade deadline. This year, however, with a short season and a late start, the non-waiver deadline moved back to August 31. Instead of closing the book on the manic period of constant roster moves, we now get to begin our trade coverage. That brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: Who is the Yankees’ best trade chip? This summer, teams can only trade players on their...

Rising Apple

Mets reliever Drew Smith is the lone bright spot from the 2017 fire sale

Despite making multiple deals at the 2017 trade deadline, the only positive addition the New York Mets landed was relief pitcher Drew Smith. Most New York Mets fans try to blackout the miserable 2017 season after the team finished 70-92 and salary dumped beloved players from their 2015-16 playoff teams. The Mets traded Addison Reed, […] Mets reliever Drew Smith is the lone bright spot from the 2017 fire sale - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Getting to know Franklyn Kilome

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The tall right hander missed all of the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Now he’s healthy and hoping to contribute to the Mets in 2020. With Rene Rivera heading to the disabled list, the Mets decided to add right-handed pitcher Franlyn Kilome, the team’s ninth best prospect, to the major league roster. The Mets acquired the tall righty in the trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2018, and assigned him to Double-A Binghamton where he finished out the season. Shortly after the season, Kilome underwent Tommy...


Elias says Marlins had wanted Bleier for some time

BALTIMORE—The trade of Richard Bleier wouldn’t have been surprising had it occurred a month later, on August 31, at this year’s trading deadline. But, the Orioles moved quickly to move the likeable 33-year-old left-hander to the Miami Marlins after Friday’s game for a player to be named later. The player that the Orioles will receive […]

Bluebird Banter

A year ago: Jays finish acquiring 42 years of control to dominate 2019 trade deadline

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Okay, so that title might be a tad sarcastic. But one year ago I was not a happy camper as the dust settled on the 2019 trade deadline, and I was far from alone. It was not all done at once, but in a series of transactions over four days. After a wild 10-9 win over the Rays on Saturday, July 27th, scoring six runs in the last two innings to force extras where they walked off in 12, I showed up to Rogers Centre only to be informed by Tom (both of us guests of barracudie) that Eric Sogard wasn’t in the lineup and had been traded to Tampa. After another...

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees: The worst thing about J.A. Happ

For New York Yankees fans the worst thing about J.A. Happ is… he’s not Patrick Corbin. When the New York Yankees brought J.A. Happ into the mix at the 2018 trade deadline, they were looking for someone who could neutralize a dynamic Boston Red Sox lineup. In four starts against the Sox that season, Happ […] New York Yankees: The worst thing about J.A. Happ - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 7/31/20: Noelvi Marte, Daulton Varsho, and Mike Foltynewicz

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Some links to kick off your Friday. Hello everyone! Happy Trade Deadline Day! Let’s get to the latest from around baseball today. In Mariners news... Daivd Laurila of Fangraphs sat down with M’s Director of Player Development Andy McKay for an extensive conversation. Noelvi Marte launches his first bomb at the Alternate Site. Noelvi Marte has left the building pic.twitter.com/bqsQwF3rBF— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) July 30, 2020 And some more highlights from the Alternate Site. #Mariners draft pick Zach DeLoach knocks a single into center with...

Pinstripe Alley

This Day in Yankees History: Yankees acquire Bobby Abreu, Ivan Rodriguez

Photo by Chris McGrath/ The Yankees were active before the trade deadline on July 30. The start of the 2020 season is finally underway! The Pinstripe Alley team is going to continue to keep these daily posts that highlight a few key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (July 30) 14 years ago The Yankees trade shortstop C.J. Henry, southpaw reliever Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez, and right-hander Carlos Monasterios to the Phillies in exchange for All-Star...

Detroit Jock City

Detroit Tigers: Could the trade deadline bring a major sell-off?

The Detroit Tigers could have an interesting trade deadline during the 2020 season, if anything they will be sellers. The Detroit Tigers 2020 season is underway, while the first series with the sneaky-good Cincinnati Reds was fun to watch, the organization has some decisions. The 2020 trade deadline could be an opportunity for the Tigers […] Detroit Tigers: Could the trade deadline bring a major sell-off? - Detroit Jock City - Detroit Jock City - A Detroit Sports blog

Friars on Base

Padres should look to Texas Rangers for another bat

The Padres and the Texas Rangers would make sense as trade partners, given the loss of Corey Kluber and the excess pitching San Diego has. One of the more intriguing aspects of this shortened season will be watching how teams approach the trade deadline. Set for August 31, I think we’ll see teams who are […] Padres should look to Texas Rangers for another bat - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Sports Talk Philly: Philadelphia Sports News and Rumors

Phillies Mailbag: Bullpen, the Trade Deadline and Contracts

Embed from We are back with another Phillies mailbag. Send your questions at any time to @FrankKlose on Twitter. Listen to the segment on the Sports Bash with Mike Gill each and every Tuesday. Who can the Phillies count on in their bullpen? If the starter only goes...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Who should close games while Ken Giles is out?

The Toronto Blue Jays now need someone new to close with Ken Giles on the injured list. Ken Giles has just been placed on the injured list with an elbow injury. This is the same issue that plagued Giles near the trade deadline last season and it seems that his elbow is wonky again. No […] Blue Jays: Who should close games while Ken Giles is out? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baltimore Sun

Every good Alex Cobb start for the Orioles will lead to trade speculation. It won’t be easy to pull off.

Every time Alex Cobb pitches as well as he does before the Aug. 30 trade deadline will lead to trade talks, but his contract and the league's rules for 2020 will make that a difficult proposition.

Bluebird Banter

Game #3 Preview: Hatch/Kay vs Snell

Photo by Mike Carlson/ Blue Jays (1-1) vs Rays (1-1) Despite a rough loss yesterday afternoon, the first place Blue Jays will go for the series win over the last place Rays this afternoon. Gametime is set for 1:10 EDT, so grab a drink and grab a seat, because it’s starting soon. Blue Jays’ Starter(s) The Blue Jays will go with Thomas Hatch to kick things off for a couple innings, followed by Anthony Kay. This will be Hatch’s Major League debut, after coming over from the Cubs at last year’s trade deadline for David Phelps. He made 6 starts for the Fisher Cats after the trade,...

Royals Review

Hok Talk: I am here for the expanded playoffs

The Royals odds at bringing home another trophy just got a lot better. Major League Baseball has decided to expand the playoffs to fully half the teams in the sport for 2020. And the more I think about it the more I wish they’d just go ahead and make that permanent. I understand the arguments against it: it cheapens the regular season, it goes against the tradition so many baseball fans adore, the best teams are less likely to win, the trade deadline is less exciting, etc. But there could be some real benefits, too. Let’s go over those: It makes the regular season more interesting Wait!...

Rising Apple

Mets: Examining the 2015 Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson trade with the Braves

Before the New York Mets made the biggest splash of all at the 2015 trade deadline, they made a deal with the Atlanta Braves for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. With a little less than a week until the trade deadline in 2015, the New York Mets completed a trade with the division rival Atlanta […] Mets: Examining the 2015 Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson trade with the Braves - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

AZ Snake Pit

Series Preview #1: Diamondbacks @ Padres

Better late than never, the season starts tonight. This weekend in San Diego should be this year’s iteration of San Diego Comic-Con, the annual mega gathering of all things nerd. MLB should be four months into the season and approaching the trade deadline. The Dodgers should be about to pull off a mega trade that all of baseball will be talking about for weeks, while Mike Hazen would be working on a seemingly less significant trade that actually would have more impact on the results of the season, and the Padres should have already forgotten their early season dreams of competition, as...

Amazin Avenue

Marcus Stroman, the Mets’ second-best starter, to start the year on the IL

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Having joined the Mets in a trade last summer, Stroman slots in as their second-best starter for 2020. When the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman at the deadline last year, reactions were mixed, as the team was really on the fringe of contention for a playoff spot. The Mets gave up Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson, a pair of pitching prospects who had ranked 10th and 12th in the team’s minor league system on our list of the team’s top prospect before the 2019 season. The Mets got the remainder of last year and all of 2020 with Stroman under contract....

Amazin Avenue

Mets place Marcus Stroman on injured list with torn calf

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It’s a big blow to the Mets’ rotation just two days before the season begins. In a major setback to their starting rotation just two days before the start of the 60-game 2020 season, the Mets have placed Marcus Stroman on the injured list with a torn muscle in his left calf. Given the team’s already-thin rotation depth, that news is far from ideal. The Mets traded for Stroman at the trade deadline last year, getting him for a stretch run that turned out to be a lot of fun in 2019 and for all of the 2020 season before he’s eligible for free agency this...

Lookout Landing

(Who) Will the Mariners be trying to trade at the deadline?

Photo by Abbie Parr/ The shortened season isn’t the biggest issue for a sure seller like Seattle, but it’s a challenge. We’re fewer than 72 hours away from Fauxpening Day (©Kate Preusser) which means, in the bizarro world of 2020, MLB’s trade deadline is a month and change away. August 31st is the universal deadline for clubs to finalize trades this year, which is itself less than a month from the theoretical beginning of the playoffs. In a normal season, Jerry Dipoto’s transactional quota would already be engaged, but convincing clubs to buy into barely a month of performance...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Trade candidates in a shortened season

2020 may be a shortened season for the St. Louis Cardinals, but that doesn’t mean that nobody will be dealt at the August 31st trade deadline. We are through all the fun that was the negotiations for the 2020 season, but the fallout from a shortened season without fans will be felt for a while. […] St. Louis Cardinals: Trade candidates in a shortened season - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Over the Monster

Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Chaim Bloom, Rafael Devers

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Today’s links look at Eduardo Rodriguez speaking after returning to camp, some of the weirdness of a 60-game season, and the best pitching seasons in franchise history. Eduardo Rodriguez is back with the team and spoke about his experience with COVID as well as missing his Opening Day start. (Julian McWilliams; Boston Globe) There is no leeway that is able to be given in this kind of shortened season. (Sean McAdam; Boston Globe) Chris Cotillo asked a couple of executives, including Chaim Bloom, about what the trade deadline will be like this year....

Nick Castellanos - ON FIRE since joining Chicago Cubs

Nick Castellanos has been absolutely tearing it up since he joined the Cubs at the trade deadline! He has 12 home runs and is batting .346 in just 31 games with Chicago as they push for a postseason spot! Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.co

Stephen A. goes off on Yankees for failing to acquire a starting pitcher | Stephen A. Smith Show

Stephen A. Smith goes off on Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees, saying he doesn't see them winning the 2019 World Series after failing to pick up a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. ✔

Biggest 2019 MLB Trade Deadline moves

Zack Greinke to the Astros. Marcus Stroman to the Mets. Trevor Bauer to the Reds. Yasiel Puig on the Indians. It was a quality MLB Trade Deadline!