Final MLB Trade Predictions for Every Team on 2020 Deadline Day – Bleacher Report
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Atlanta Braves: Partner with Indians for Clevinger
The Braves and Indians still seem like ideal trade partners. Atlanta needs starting pitching, and the Indians have that in spades. Meanwhile, Cleveland needs young and talented outfielders, and the Braves have a pair of top prospects in Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.
Indeed, it seems the Braves have emerged as one of the top suitors for Clevinger, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. A deal between the two clubs makes too much sense.
The Braves have talented arms, though Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint simply have not developed. Mike Soroka (Achilles) is done for the year, and Cole Hamels (shoulder) has yet to pitch.
Meanwhile, Milone was shelled in his first start for Atlanta against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, giving up seven runs in just 2.1 innings of work. The Braves need a controllable front-end starter, which makes Clevinger the ideal target.
Morosi reported Sunday the Indians have asked for outfield prospect Drew Waters, likely as part of a package. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has retained prospects for some time, but the current state of the rotation should force his hand with the Braves looking to win a World Series.
Miami Marlins: Nab a Royals bullpen arm
The Marlins should probably be sellers, but they are currently in playoff position and will likely make a push for their first postseason berth since 2003.
Morosi previously reported the Marlins were “monitoring” Royals relievers, and a deal for either Holland or Kennedy makes sense if Miami wants to buy.
Kennedy might be particularly interesting. He has given up seven homers in just 14.0 innings of work but also has 15 strikeouts. He might be the power arm the Marlins need in the later innings in front of ground-ball-inducing closer Brandon Kintzler.
Philadelphia Phillies: Inactivity
The Phillies might be after additional bullpen help after acquiring Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox, as well as right-hander David Hale from the Yankees.
But Philly is also running low on top minor leaguers, especially with Alec Bohm showing plenty of promise at the hot corner.
Moreover, the Phillies are stringing together some wins. They had won five straight to get back to the .500 mark after defeating the Braves on Saturday, with left-hander Zach Eflin putting together his best start of the year.
General manager Matt Klentak might add on the fringes, but the Phils should be set for the stretch run.
New York Mets: Rental starter
The Mets, like their crosstown rival, are likely to seek a starting pitcher on an expiring contract.
New York does not have a ton of assets to offer, but it desperately needs more depth in the rotation. The Mets rank fourth in starting pitching fWAR, per FanGraphs, but Jacob deGrom alone has accounted for half that value. The rotation ranks 25th in ERA even with deGrom in the fold.
Gausman figures to be an option here. Left-handers Martin Perez, Brett Anderson and Mike Minor might all be in the cards, as well.
Washington Nationals: Trade Howie Kendrick
The defending World Series champions are in a tough spot. Washington might usually profile as buyers, but it is certainly possible—given its record—it instead chooses to retool.
The Nats have a number of veteran bats on expiring contracts, and Kendrick could appeal to many teams given his positional versatility and ability to slot into the designated hitter role.
Not to mention, Kendrick has had a huge stretch as of late, and his value is probably as high as it has been this season.