It’s been a while since I posted about actual baseball, so I thought I would do something that I absolutely love to do: make predictions that won’t happen in a million years. With a team with nearly no trade bait, let’s take a look at the trades that will be made, according to Chorizy.
Xavier Cedeno and Joakim Soria
These two bullpen pieces have been solid as of late and there are a ton of teams that will be looking for help there. You don’t have to look outside of our division to find a playoff team with a dumpster fire of a pen. With Andrew Miller currently out Cleveland’s bullpen is especially bad. But even when he comes back, it won’t be enough to make them good. So we ship not 1 but 2 relievers to the Indians so we can get an actual player in return. I know this is a stretch, but solidifying their bullpen will come at a cost and that cost will be Bradley Zimmer. Zimmer was a hot name with the Indians winning the starting CF job this year, but his high strike out rate landed him in AAA and now he’s on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Might be the perfect time to buy low on Zimmer and plan for him to take on CF in 2019.
You knew we were gonna talk about my favorite guy. His ability to not be terrible this year has thrown him into the trade rumor mix. Unfortunately, you’re not gonna get much for Shields and it’s going to become important to move him to make way for Michael Kopech. So I think the Sox will be an a position where a move is forced and a team in need of a starter, ut not willing to risk much because of the strength of their division will step in. That team is Angels. And what will we get? Of course, our guy Cash Considerations.
This will basically come down to who gets desperate at the deadline. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the Yankees with the shit season Greg Bird is having at the plate. Looking at their prospects, Dillon Tate and Dermis Garcia look like Sox. Tate is basically Carson Fulmer and Garcia is pretty much Matt Davidson. Seems like the exact guys Hahn would go after once he realizes the market won’t produce a team’s top prospect.
If you have been down with anything above, I can guarantee I lose you now. I like Leury. I like his position flexibility. I like his speed. I like his contract. But these are all things that other teams would like as well, I mean, Brandon Phillips just got picked up. And when it comes time for a playoff run having a guy with those attributes is very helpful. So where does he go? I’m gonna send him to the Mariners and in return…Robinson Cano. This sounds insane, I know. But think about it. Cano is now a problem for the Mariners, since when he comes back from his suspension he can contribute but he can’t play in the playoffs. Also, he has a gigantic contract that he’s into the back half of. After this season, he has 5/120 left on his contract, taking him to year 40. I say the Mariners pick up at least half of that and stick with Dee Gordon at 2b. The Sox move Cano to 3B where he can be less mobile than at 2B for the next 5 yrs. He would have been a SS had it not been for Derek Jeter, so he should have the arm to grow old at 3B. His type of tools age well, so you should get production out of him. Plus, might get Jay-Z to come to a few games.