20 Crazy MLB Trades That Could Actually Happen
20 Crazy MLB Trades That Could Actually Happen
Even though the Major League Baseball trade deadline is still over two months away, it is never too early for teams to game plan who will stay and who will go. To be a little on the more unrealistic side, baseball fans enjoy to speculate crazy trades that will most likely never happen. With that being said, what are 10 possible crazy trades that could actually happen?
It is important to note that the possible deals listed in the slideshow are purely based on speculation. Even if some of the names on the list have been discussed in recent trade rumors, there is no reason to actually believe they will get dealt for sure before the July 31 trade deadline.
It should also be pointed out that most of the players listed are going from a team that is out of contention to a team that is looking to make a run. With that being said, plenty could happen in the standings over the next 10 weeks.
Teams that are currently on a losing streak or have a below .500 record could have more wins than losses two months from now. The fact is baseball is a very long season with plenty of ups and downs. No team can realistically be ruled out in the present day, but the window is certainly closing fast.
Make sure to click through the slideshow of the 10 crazy baseball trades that could happen. Also, do not forget to comment below on which trades you would like to see take place over the next two months.
David Price to Seattle Mariners
It’s almost a guarantee that David Price is going to get moved at some point during the winter meetings. At this point, it’s just a matter of where. One team that appears to be making a big splash is the Seattle Mariners, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised if they went all in for next season and acquired the starting pitcher.
John Lackey to Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves in the mood for some fresh starting pitching, which means veteran John Lackey could be a huge target. The right-hander was fantastic for the Boston Red Sox during their World Series title in 2013, which means several teams are going to show interest.
Brandon Phillips to Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Reds want to dump the $50 million remaining on Brandon Phillips’ contract. That means they are willing to listen to almost any offer, even if they refuse to admit it yet. One huge player could be the Los Angeles Dodgers, an organization that is determined to do whatever it takes to the reach the World Series in 2014.
Matt Kemp to Boston Red Sox
Believe it or not, the possibility of the Dodgers trading Matt Kemp at some point during the offseason is very good. In fact, one team in particular that could use his talents is the Red Sox. There has even been some initial talk that they organization has interest in getting a deal done. It’s definitely one way to improve the chances of a repeat championship run.
Jeff Samardzija to Arizona Diamondbacks
The Chicago Cubs really don’t want to let go of pitcher Jeff Samardzija, so much so that they offered him a $55 million contract. However, all signs point to Samardzija forcing the Cubs to let him go to a team that has a better shot at making some noise in the near future. One of those teams that could garner enough attention is the Arizona Diamondbacks. The fact that Arizona desperately needs quality starters just adds to the chances of this happening.
Dan Uggla to Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks is simply not getting the job done for the Milwaukee Brewers and Scooter Gennett still might be a little too inexperience to take on the starting second baseman job. Enter Dan Uggla, who would bring some more quality veteran leadership to the infield. The Braves have their eye on starter Kyle Lohse, which instantly improves the chances. However, for a deal to go down, Atlanta will have to put more than just Uggla into the talks.
Jason Castro to Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are in desperate need of a quality catcher. Good thing for them is that the Houston Astros are looking to part ways with Jason Castro. At this point, the Astros will take whatever they can get in order to improve the dismal roster.
Howie Kendrick to Minnesota Twins
The Los Angeles Angels have made it very clear they intend to trade outfielder Howie Kendrick. The fact that the Minnesota Twins employs one of the worst outfields in baseball just adds to the possibility of a trade going down between these two teams. The Angels need to clear cap room so it wouldn’t take much for the Twins to acquire Kendrick.
Brett Anderson to Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians are very interested in an improved pitching staff in 2014. The bullpen is the main focus but the starting rotation could use a little work as well. Good thing for them is that Brett Anderson looks to be on the move. What’s even better is that he is capable of pitching in multiple roles.
Adam Lind to Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are determined to take another step forward next season and reach the World Series. In order to do that, they will need to upgrade a couple of positions on the roster. One area that appears to be a main focus is first base, which means Adam Lind would be a perfect fit. It’s been reported that the Pirates have shown interest in Lind so don’t be surprised if this deal goes down sooner than later.
Chase Headley to Cleveland Indians
Even though the San Diego Padres are determined to extend Chase Headley’s contract at the end of the season, there is a good chance trade offers will be too good to pass up. The Cleveland Indians are one contender in particular that does not have an everyday third baseman. Even though Mike Aviles and Ryan Raburn are holding their own on offense, acquiring Headley would make a world of a difference for the Indians down the stretch.
Jonathan Papelbon to Detroit Tigers
Jonathan Papelbon has been outstanding this season as he has posted a 1.02 earned run average and eight saves in eight opportunities. With the Philadelphia Phillies unlikely making a run in the competitive NL East, they would be wise to get as much as they can for Papelbon. Even though Jose Valverde has been outstanding for the Detroit Tigers since his return, if the Tigers want to come away with a World Series title they will need Papelbon in the closer role.
David Price to Washington Nationals
It is hard to believe the Tampa Bay Rays would part ways with the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, but that is certainly a very good possibility this season. David Price is going to command a very high salary on a team that has the third lowest team salary in the big leagues. Adding Price to an already phenomenal starting rotation on the Washington Nationals would all but guarantee a second consecutive NL East title. Not to mention, it would make the Nationals a heavy favorite to go the distance.
Josh Johnson to San Francisco Giants
It is true starting pitcher Josh Johnson is having one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. With that being said, Johnson is also a proven talent that could dominate if given the right opportunity. The Toronto Blue Jays will most likely miss the playoffs, which means they have to figure out how to unload some players. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants have one of the worst starting rotations in the NL and will need some help if they want to clinch a postseason berth.
Aramis Ramirez to Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox already have plenty of expenses, but if they want to compete with the New York Yankees down the stretch, they will need to upgrade the third base position. Aramis Ramirez would be the perfect fit for the Red Sox. The good news is he could very well be available, especially since the Milwaukee Brewers are tanking in the standings. Ramirez’s power could be exactly what Boston needs to be competitive enough to clinch a postseason berth.
Carlos Pena to Atlanta Braves
The Houston Astros are not going anywhere this season, which means the cheapest team in the majors should consider getting rid of their second most expensive asset. Carlos Pena would be a relatively inexpensive ($2.9 million salary for 2013) addition for the Atlanta Braves. He would be an ideal left-handed power bat off the bench that could do wonders for the Braves down the stretch.
Michael Morse to Tampa Bay Rays
Like other teams in the AL East, the Rays must make a trade acquisition if they want to stay competitive in the division. Seattle Mariners’ Michael Morse would bring a solid bat to a lineup that is in desperate need of some offense. Obviously, the Rays will not look for a deal if they are out of contention at the All-Star break, but Morse would be a wise addition if the organization believes they have a shot.
Cliff Lee to Boston Red Sox
Cliff Lee is another Phillies pitcher that could be moved before the end of July if Philadelphia continues on their downward trend. The acquisition could be a risky one for the Red Sox, but it could end up being the difference in a division title and missing out on the playoffs completely. The Phillies need to cut spending and trading Lee this summer would be a big way to do it.
Kyle Lohse to Texas Rangers
The Brewers are falling fast after losing 14 of their last 17 games in the month of May. It would be unusual for Milwaukee to trade Kyle Lohse in the first year of his three-year contract, but the starter is clearly frustrated with his current situation. The Texas Rangers are always known for trying to upgrade pitching at the trade deadline, with this season being no different. The Brewers could get quite a bit for Lohse depending on what happens over the next two months. Only way Milwaukee actually pulls the trigger on the deal is if Texas offers up some great prospects.
Justin Morneau to Baltimore Orioles
Justin Morneau will be a free agent at the end of the season, and the Minnesota Twins do not look like they are going anywhere. Therefore, the Twins would be very wise to trade Morneau while they still have a chance to get something good for him in return. One team that would be interested in acquiring the first baseman is the Baltimore Orioles. Once again, the reason for this is because the AL East is the most competitive division in the big leagues. If the Orioles want to reach the playoffs for a second consecutive season they will need a hitter like Morneau in their corner.