Trades and other types of transactions in terms of cash considerations and outrighting as the trade deadline gets closer with every passing hour. Thats why there will surely be some MLB under the radar trades. The San Diego Padres getting Adam Frazier has definitely made them better but may need a power bat or starting pitcher to round out the roster. There was a trade that went down on Monday as the Pittsburgh Pirates sent right-handed reliever Clay Holmes to the New York Yankees.
A lot of big names may switch uniforms in the next few days. However, some of the under-the-radar transactions may change a team’s fortunes come playoff time.
MLB UNDER THE RADAR TRADES BETWEEN THE PIRATES AND THE YANKEES
One of the assets the Pirates received could be seen as a head-scratcher. Prospect, Hoy Jun Park, posted a .327/.475/.576 slash line with ten home runs, and eight stolen bases. He had a brief one at-bat in the majors before being sent down.
The New York Yankees outrighted Park to Triple-A but went unclaimed on outright waivers. The Pirates or any other organization could have got him if they had a spot open on the 40-man roster. Diego Castillo is the other prospect that was involved in the deal as he hit a .277/.345/.504 in a pitcher-friendly ballpark in Double-A.
The Yankees desperately needed help in the pen as they have a lot of close games, and have blown many leads. Holmes has a 3-2 record, 4.93 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 25 walks in 42.0 innings pitched. Holmes has a 23.3 percent strikeout rate, 13.2 percent walk rate, and a 72.8 percent ground-ball rate.
Control may be a little issue as he has hit four batters and five wild pitches. However, he has only given up ten long balls in 119.2 innings pitched. The Yankees have continuously checked in on many rental players but needed to address a part of the bullpen as they push for the second wildcard spot in the American League.
Holmes will be arbitration eligible for the first time next season. He is controllable until the year 2024 before he hits free agency in 2025. This was a low-risk move for the Yankees.
ATHLETICS AND CUBS ON THE VERGE OF A DEAL
The Oakland Athletics are on the verge of acquiring left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin from the Chicago Cubs. Chafin has a 0-2 record, 2.06 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched. Chafin came back after dealing with an injury prior to joining the Cubs last season.
The reliever revamped his sinker, and before his last outing, he was riding a scoreless stretch for a bit more than 24 innings. He has a 24.7 percent strikeout rate, eight percent walk rate, and 50 percent ground-ball rate this season.
This makes sense for the A’s as they do not have to give much in terms of prospects or eating up salary. Chafin will be an effective piece for the A’s and his contract contains a mutual option, but most likely view him as a rental. Being at a pitcher-friendly ballpark could potentially make the move even better.
IN OTHER NEWS AROUND THE LEAGUE
The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees have an interest in Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story.
The Seattle Mariners expressed interest in Kansas City Royals’ Whit Merrifield after missing out on Adam Frazier.
Both Max Scherzer and Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals may be in different uniforms this week.
Minnesota Twins’ Micheal Pineda is drawing trade interest. Jose Berrios also gaining interest from the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers
The Chicago Cubs are not actively shopping Kyle Hendricks as they have other players who could bring in a bigger haul.
The San Diego Padres are looking to unload Eric Hosmer’s contract as he will most likely be on the bench as Jake Cronenworth will most likely shift to first base. It will not be easy to move that contract unless a top prospect or young players are involved.
MORE TO COME!