MLB trade rumors roundup: Brewers turn focus to Brian Dozier after Machado traded to Dodgers
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For the past day, the Baltimore Orioles trading shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a prospect package has felt like a fait accompli. The only thing that could stop the deal from happening before the regular season resumed was, well, an act of God -- or, the joke went, Baltimore's medical staff finding an issue with one of the players coming back.
It looked for much of Wednesday like that joke may have grown into reality, which could have put teams like the Phillies and Brewers back in play for the superstar shortstop. But the Dodgers and Orioles were able to finalize a Manny Machado deal at around 7 p.m. ET. Both teams later announced the trade, so it's official. You can, along with our and .
More on the latest MLB trade rumors as they're reported below. But first, get caught up on everything you need to know about trade season.
First, you can read all about the key names likely to be available in the trade market, in, , and , depending on what your team needs. Then you can take a look at that rebuilding teams can target in trade talks. Finally, we've broken down what each potential playoff contender should be looking to do on the market, including , , , , , , , , , , , , , and, last but not least, .
Brewers moving on to Dozier?
The Brewers had been among the teams with interest in Manny Machado, but Machado is of course now a Dodger. That means the Brewers are moving on ...
Dozier in his age-31 season for Minnesota is batting .230/.314/.423 (100 OPS+) with 16 home runs and 19 doubles in 93 games. That's shy of what we've come to expect from Dozier, who from 2016-17 tallied 76 homers and a .349 OBP. That said, Dozier heated up in a big way prior to the break, and if a team expects him to get back to his peak level of production moving forward then he's obviously a worthy addition.
Speaking of which, the Brewers have struggled to get production from the middle infield this season. While shortstop has been the bigger problem, second baseman Jonathan Villar is out with a thumb injury and hasn't been all that productive even when healthy. Dozier would bring stability to the position and more thump, and that's the case even if decline has set in for good. He's in his walk year.
Dodgers land Manny Machado, now targeting relievers
For a while on Wednesday, the heavily reported deal that would send Manny Machado to the Dodgers in exchange for prospects seemed in jeopardy. That's because the Orioles reportedly balked at the medicals of at least one of the prospects involved.
However, the deal eventually went through -- Machado to L.A. in exchange for five prospects. You can.
Now that Machado is in the fold, the Dodgers, according to Bob Nightengale, will now focus on adding a reliever via trade. After acquiring Machado, the Dodgers are still under the luxury-tax threshold, but they don't have a lot of room. That means they'll either be targeting a low-cost relief arm or looking to get cash sent their way in the deal (or perhaps looking to send a bad contract the other way). As for potential targets, .
Giants like Abreu?
According to Brendan Kuty of the Star-Ledger, the Giants are interested in acquiring Yankees prospect Albert Abreu in a potential trade. Kuty's source went so far as to compare Abreu to Luis Severino, albeit with some couching.
Abreu, who hasn't pitched since late June, entered the season ranked as a top-100 prospect due to his raw arm strength. He's spent the year in High-A, making 10 starts and posting a 4.28 ERA and 2.26 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Unfortunately, for the Giants, finding a match between the clubs is difficult. San Francisco isn't in full sell mode, yet they do need to shed salary to remain underneath the competitive balance tax. Left-handed starter Derek Holland could make some sense, but it's unlikely he'd be enough to net Abreu.
Ramos out through deadline
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos is on the DL with a hamstring strain, and as Marc Topkin tweets, he's expected to be sidelined well beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. That's significant because Ramos is a potential trade chip for the Rays. This season, he's batting a highly productive .297/.346/.488 (133 OPS+) with 14 home runs in 78 games. As well, Ramos in his first full season back from ACL surgery has worked more than 600 defensive innings behind the plate.
Ramos has been linked in trade rumors to teams like the Astros and Nationals. Now, though, all of that is complicated by the catcher's injury. Trades in August are still possible, of course, but players must first pass through revocable waivers. In other words, it's now going to be more difficult for the Rays to trade Ramos, who's in his walk year, in exchange for prospects.
Rangers chasing young pitching
The Rangers are entering the deadline as sellers and have a few interesting pieces to move -- namely left-handed starter Cole Hamels and third baseman Adrian Beltre. What will Texas want in return? Young arms, per MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.
Sullivan notes that the Rangers have had rotten luck in keeping their top pitching prospects healthy. Add in how Texas has few, if any long-term fits in its big-league rotation, and it makes sense that Jon Daniels would ask for some starters in return for Hamels and Beltre. It also could make the Yankees and Phillies -- each with young arms to spare -- optimal trade partners.
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