MLB trade rumors roundup: Mets unlikely to deal aces, Phillies eye relievers, Indians nab Hand

On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles traded shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a prospect package. You can read all about the deal here, along with our projected Dodgers lineup and what's next for the Orioles.

Machado being dealt doesn't stop the rumor mill, of course. With just under two weeks to go, we're going to be tracking 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 the infield, the outfield, the rotation and the bullpen, depending on what your team needs. Then you can take a look at the top 25 prospects 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 the Astrosthe Athleticsthe Bravesthe Brewersthe Cubsthe Diamondbacksthe Dodgersthe Giantsthe Indiansthe Marinersthe Nationalsthe Philliesthe Red Soxthe Rockies and, last but not least, the Yankees.

Mets unlikely to deal their aces?

There's been talk, as most of us know by now, of the Mets possibly trading star starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard. The price tag on either always figured to be very high, but now some reports are surfacing that moving either right now is unlikely. James Wagner of the New York Times has a Twitter thread on the matter

Basically, the Mets want upper-level minor-league elite prospects and/or major-league players and there don't seem to be many great matches. 

Wagner further reports that closer Jeurys Familia and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera appear to be the most likely Mets traded, with Zack Wheeler also being a possibility. 

Indians nab Hand and Cimber

On Thursday, the Indians acquired relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber in exchange for prized catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The move adds bullpen depth to the AL Central leaders, who are trying to get back to the World Series for the second time in three years. The Padres meanwhile land one of the best prospects in baseball. You can read more on the deal here

Mozeliak does not close door on pitching trade

The Cardinals have lost 10 of 16 going into Thursday night's second half opener at Wrigley Field, and things are so dire manager Mike Matheny was fired last week. That has led to speculation about a potential trade deadline shakeup.

On Thursday, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak was asked about the potential for a Carlos Martinez trade, and while Mozeliak indicated it is unlikely, he did not shoot it down completely.

Even after getting roughed up for six runs (five earned) in five innings Thursday, Martinez still owns a 3.39 ERA on the season, plus he's only 26 and is signed affordably through 2023. He would be in extremely high demand should the Cardinals make him available at the deadline.

Phillies seeking relief help

The Phillies were one of the teams most often connected to Machado. With him off the market, it looks like Philadelphia is turning its attention elsewhere, including toward the bullpen market. Per Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the Phillies (along with most every other contender) were interested in Padres closer Brad Hand before the Indians acquired him on Thursday afternoon.

One figures the Phillies will now look elsewhere for bullpen help. The Padres and Marlins have a number of cost-controlled options they could consider. Alternatively, they could try to net Jeurys Familia from the Mets or Raisel Iglesias from the Reds if they desire a veteran closer.

What the Phillies do, their 'pen could use the help. Only three of their relievers with more than 30 appearances this season have ERA below 4.00: Victor Arano, Edubray Ramos, and rookie Seranthony Dominguez, who has been excellent across 28 games.

Could Angels move relievers?

This season hasn't gone according to plan for the Angels, who will enter the second half 49-48. As such, maybe it isn't too surprising that Billy Eppler and crew could consider joining the market as a seller.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted that while it's unlikely the Angels would move Tyler Skaggs or Andrew Heaney, they could look like to trade a few of their relievers. The Angels have a number of worthwhile options for considers to consider:

  • Blake Parker is under team control through the 2020 season and has a 3.05 ERA in 44 innings.
  • Cam Bedrosian has one more year of control than Parker does, and has a 120 ERA+ despite seeing his strikeout rate drop.
  • Jose Alvarez is also under control through the 2020 season. He's held left-handed hitters to a .659 OPS this season.
  • Rookie Justin Anderson has struck out 45 batters in 34 innings, albeit while issuing 22 walks.

Whether or not the Angels can find any offers to their liking is to be seen. But they could serve as a one-stop shop for teams eyeing relief help.

Cubs add Chavez for depth

The Cubs have added some pitching in a minor trade, picking up swingman Jesse Chavez from the Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Minor league lefty Tyler Thomas is heading to Texas in the deal. Yu Darvish and Brandon Morrow are currently on the disabled list, hence Chicago's need for another arm.

Chavez, 34, has a 3.51 ERA in 30 appearances and 56 1/3 innings this season. The journeyman has pitched in a variety of roles throughout his career and can help the Cubs both out of the bullpen and as a spot starter, if necessary. Thomas, 22, has a 2.88 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 75 innings this season, all at Class A. did not rank him among the Cubs' top 30 prospects prior to the trade.

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