Players could start flying off the trading block. The AL West has been very busy with all the post-season contenders in that division making moves to maintain their spot in the standings for either the division lead or the second wildcard spot.
MLB TRADE | MARTE IS FINALLY ON THE MOVE WEST
The Oakland Athletics are closing in on acquiring center fielder Starling Marte who is going to be a free agent this winter. It was easy to point out that Marte was going to be wearing a new uniform as he did not sign the contract extension. Marte is still owed $4.57 million until the end of the season. It is said that the Marlins have sent a significant amount of cash considerations which means the better prospects or young assets are coming their way.
In earlier reports, the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, and the Houston Astros were linked to be interested in trading for the outfielder.
Update: This will be a one-for-one trade according to Jeff Passan. The A’s will be sending Jesus Luzardo to the Marlins. Luzardo is not a free agent until the year 2027.
The Marlins have emphasized the importance of starting pitching and assets in the bullpen through the draft and trading rentals.
REDS HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY THESE LAST TWO DAYS
The Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees did a late trade late last night as they brought in Justin Wilson and Luis Cessa for a player to be named later. The Yankees most likely did this to open up roster spots, but at the same time, their pitching has taken a major hit this year with all the injuries, close losses, and blown leads.
The Reds weren’t done as they acquired right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Colorado Rockies this afternoon. The Rockies will receive righty prospect Noah Davis and reacquired prospect Case Williams.
Williams was drafted by the Rockies last year in the fourth round but was dealt with the Reds alongside Jeff Hoffman. The Rockies received Robert Stephenson and prospect outfielder Jameson Hannah.
Williams has had a tough time adjusting in the minors but is just 19 years of age. He will have to continue working on his control as he hit six batters and thrown eight wild pitches with the Reds Class-A affiliate team. He has posted a 5.55 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 33 walks in 47.0 innings of work.
Noah Davis made 13 starts for the Reds Class-A Advanced affiliate team; he is posting a 3.60 ERA in 65.0 innings pitched. He has a very good 27.6 percent strikeout rate, 12.5 percent walk rate, and is good at keeping the ball in the infield as 38.9 percent of the plays that were made were grounders.
Josh Osich was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot for Givens.
MLB TRADE UPDATES & MORE RUMORS AROUND THE LEAGUE
More and more speculation as to the top starter on the market, Max Scherzer, may be heading to one of the contending teams in the NL West. However, there are at least eight teams interested in his services.
The San Francisco Giants do not want to include top-catching prospect Joey Bart in any Kris Bryant trade scenario.
Two of the Baltimore Orioles’ left-handers Paul Fry and Tanner Scott are generating some trade interest.
The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly still interested in making a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This time involving reliever Richard Rodriguez.
The Texas Rangers signed number two overall pick Jack Leiter.
Phillies, Giants, and Padres are potential suitors for Rockies’ starter Jon Gray.
On the other hand, the New York Mets and signing the tenth overall pick, Kumar Rocker, is in jeopardy.
Boston Red Sox second-round pick, Jud Fabian, will not sign with the organization.
The Houston Astros acquire Yimi Garcia from the Miami Marlins for Triple-A OF Bryan De La Cruz.