It’s July, which means that it is trading season in the MLB. Many teams view this month as an opportunity to load up for the playoffs or acquire youth to rebuild for the coming seasons. Today we will take a look at the top ten pitchers that could be headed to new teams in the next few weeks.
1) Julio Teheran, SP, Braves
Although the Braves may decide to hold on to Teheran, they should certainly explore their options, especially since he may be the best arm available at the deadline. Teheran is putting together a solid 2016 campaign with a 2.92 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.
Potential Landing Spots: Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers
2) Andrew Miller, RP, Yankees
Andrew Miller would most likely step in as the closer on any team in baseball. The lefty has a sharp, electric slider to go along with a mid-to-upper 90s fastball. He owns a 1.37 ERA thus far this season.
Potential Landing Spots: Cardinals, Rangers, Giants
3) Drew Pomeranz, SP, Padres — BOSTON RED SOX
Pomeranz has been a pleasant surprise for the Padres this year, stepping up and becoming the ace of the staff. He has 109 strikeouts is 95 innings and owns a 2.65 ERA. He is in the middle of his prime, so he should put up more solid numbers for the next few years. He also has a relatively low salary that is controllable through 2018.
Potential Landing Spots: Rangers, Mariners, Red Sox
4) Rich Hill, SP, Athletics
Although Rich Hill is near the end of his career, he has made himself a valuable trade chip for the A’s. In 70 innings pitched this year, Hill has struck out 80 batters while notching a 2.31 ERA.
Potential Landing Spots: Blue Jays, Dodgers, Royals
5) Jake Odorizzi, SP, Rays
Although 2016 has not been Odorizzi’s best campaign as a pitcher, he is still young and his best baseball is still ahead of him. With that said, the Rays may opt to hold on to him, but they have reportedly been fielding offers for him.
Potential Landing Spots: Pirates, Tigers, Marlins
6) Matt Moore, SP, Rays
Moore’s recent stretch of pitching has his trade stock soaring upwards. He is beginning to show signs of returning to his pre-Tommy John surgery form, and could be a solid middle of the rotation guy for a contending team.
Potential Landing Spots: Rangers, Orioles, Marlins
7) Ervin Santana, SP, Twins
Ervin Santana has been an inconsistent pitcher over the course of his career due to his accuracy issues. If he can clean that up, he could be a force in the MLB due to his plus stuff. It is of note that his best season as a pro came with the Royals.
Potential Landing Spots: Royals, Red Sox, Phillies
8) Joe Smith, RP, Angels
Smith has been one of the best set up men in all of baseball throughout his career. He has the stuff to be a closer, but would most likely be traded to a team looking for a 7th or 8th inning guy to add to their bullpen.
Potential Landing Spots: Royals, Cubs, Giants
9) Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Phillies
Hellickson figures to be traded at the deadline mainly due to his expiring contract at the end of the year. He would most likely assume a back end rotation role or a long relief role out of the bullpen.
Potential Landing Spots: Yankees, Mariners, Blue Jays
10) Marc Rzepczynski, RP, Athletics
Rzepczynski could be a valuable asset for any playoff contender. He is primarily a lefty specialist, but can eat up innings out of the pen if needed to. He will have tremendous value for playoff teams that need him to come in and get one out against a left handed batter.
Potential Landing Spots: Cubs, Red Sox, Royals