MLB teams are now making inquiries before the trade deadline. Organizations are looking forward to upgrade in the order to compete favorably in October and win the World Series.
Most top contenders have similar shortcomings, most of them are looking forward to landing a pitching arm. This year trade will be equivalent to a battle of supremacy, the team that succeeds in trade could also emerge victorious in October.
Here are the deals each contender should make to compete favorably in World Series:
New York Yankees: Trade for Madison Bumgarner
Yankees trading for Bumgarner remains one of the perfect options. Yankees need an ace in the postseason and Bumgarner is an excellent match.
He has a 1.5 ERA, 1.83 FIP. He also has a postseason record of 2.11 ERA in 102.1 innings and 0.25 ERA over 36 innings in the World Series.
Tampa Bay Rays: Strike a deal for Domingo Santana, Roenis Elías
The team needs to buffer its bullpen. They are dropping in AL East and can only make it to the World Series as a wild-card. Roenis Elias or Domingo Santana are players they should trade.
Elias holds the right-handed hitters to a .181, .244, and 336 slash line this season.
Santana holds a .277, .343, .484 slash line with 19 home runs and 64 RBI.
Minnesota Twins: Acquire Will Smith to strengthen the bullpen
If Twins acquire Smith, they will be able to use Taylor Rogers in a multi-inning role with Blake Parker and Ryne Harper. Given that Smith is a top relief pitcher; there is so much he can deliver. Acquiring Smith won’t be an easy task, but is a feat worth risking.
Houston Astros: Land Matthew Boyd to solidify the rotation
Houston needs top starter both for this season and the future. Boyd is a perfect solution for Houston. He is affordable and will give Astros a financially friendly starting pitcher.
Oakland Athletics: Trade for Marcus Stroman
Stroman will be beneficial to Oakland in that he will generate a lot of ground balls for a team with one of the best defensive infields. He will also help mentor team’s younger arms.
Atlanta Braves: Solidify the rotation with Mike Minorreunion
Mike is a top starter the Braves should consider. While in Texas, he has a 2.73 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 24.5 percent strikeout rate this season. If Atlanta acquires him, he will strengthen their rotation and allow the monitoring innings of young starters.
Chicago Cubs: Fix the hole at second base with Dee Gordon
Gordon is owed $13.5 million, and Mariners are ready to trade him to Chicago. He has a slash line of .304, .336, and .406.
There is plenty of All-Star talent in Chicago’s lineup. The front office now needs to make the deals that move the needle on the scoreboard in October. That means giving Addison Russell’s playing time to a better player.
Washington Nationals: Address bullpen with Tony Watson, Sam Dyson
The Nationals has to upgrade if they want to remain competitive in October. Watson is doing well in San Francisco bullpen with a 2.95 ERA and a .220 batting average.
Dyson right-handed arm will provide needed success. He has a 2.74 ERA, 44 strikeouts in 46 innings.
Milwaukee Brewers: Take a risk on Zack Wheeler
Milwaukee Brewers has an awful rotation. Zack Wheeler is the man to address the situation. He has 4.69 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 1.28 WHIP, and 25.6 percent strikeout.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Lockdown the eighth inning with Felipe Vásquez
Dodgers need a shutdown reliever to pair with Kenley Jansen. Vazquez is the best reliever in the games. He has a 2.01 ERA, 2.10 FIP, and a 14.06 K/9.