With the trade deadline approaching on July 30th it is easier to point out which teams around the league are buyers or sellers. There could be a few variables and a change of heart. However, as of right now, there are a lot of rumors and speculations of which MLB superstars will be moved at or a bit before the deadline except one exception.
The seven-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and ALCS MVP, Nelson Cruz, will suit up for his sixth different team. The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Cruz and minor leaguer right-hander Calvin Faucher. Fauer is currently in Double-A.
In return, the Minnesota Twins will receive #10 ranked prospect, Joe Ryan, and #17 ranked prospect Drew Strotman of the Rays’ system. The Twins may look to rebuild quickly this season as the organization made it to the Division Series in 2019 and AL Wildcard Series last year.
The Twins may be able to speed up their process as the Rays have one of the strongest farm systems. In addition, both prospects in the deal are currently at the Triple-A level. Let’s take a look at other stars and superstars that could be dealt with at or before the deadline.
SOME MLB STARS AND MLB SUPERSTARS BE DEALT AT THE DEADLINE
Joey Gallo’s talks intensify as the Texas Rangers have scouts and the front office monitoring prospects. Reports have also stated that the Yankees have checked in on Colorado Rockies shortstop, Trevor Story. Both players are stars and may have superstar potential in a few seasons.
The Kansas City Royals are also open to moving 2B/OF star Whit Merrifield. Whit has currently been underrated for his career and could be in a bigger spotlight with his offensive ability and defensive versatility. He also has a very team-friendly contract as he is owed that much for the next two years, and has a club option in 2023.
The Miami Marlins will most likely deal outfielder Starling Marte after he turned down a three-year extension. The Marlins should deal him instead of waiting to extend a qualifying offer for a draft pick compensation.
The next club that will be sellers is the Chicago Cubs as they could not extend both Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. The superstar that will have the most interest is Kris Bryant as two National League East teams have expressed interest in trading for him. The San Francisco Giants may be a dark horse in the race.
The Cubs may have a lot of options as they could get a couple of young assets for the future. The four-time All-Star and former MVP was a big part of the win in their 2016 World Series run.
Another big asset is Craig Kimbrel as he made his eighth All-Star appearance of his career and rejuvenated his career with a huge comeback. Kimbrel would be great for a contender that needs a lockdown closer. Also, with another year left in his contract, the Cubs may be able to get higher-level prospects.
The Washington Nationals may be interested in versatile superstar Kris Bryant. However, the team’s direction is uncertain as they have a 45-50 record, and are six games behind the New York Mets for the NL East lead.
The Nationals could be buyers but could be sellers, and superstar starter, Max Scherzer, could be available in trade talks as the impending free agent will be entering his 37-year-old season.
The eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner started the fourth All-Star game of his career. This may be a tougher situation as a no-trade clause due to his 10-5 rights.
If available he would be the best starter on the market. GM Mike Rizzo recently told reporters that
“We still have some games to play before we make those kinds of decisions, but I think a dual path is probably the most advantageous for us right now.”