Predicting trades in MLB is nearly impossible. However, it’s one of the funnest things to do this time of year, so I figured I would do my best at forecasting which big-time players are going to be dealt this summer.
The first pitcher that came to my mind when conjuring up this list was Cliff Lee.
Currently with the Philadelphia Phillies, Lee is arguably the most established and consistent pitcher on the trade block, yet there is one team that should make a harder play at Lee than most. The Texas Rangers are the one team that should be calling the Phillies non stop for the next week. For those of you that don’t know, Lee pitched in 15 games for Texas back in 2010 and he was a big reason why the Rangers made it to the 2010 World Series. Chasing down the Oakland Athletics for a first-place spot in the American League West this season, the Lone Star State could use another starter who has dealt with the insane heat in the past.
Heading north, do the Detroit Tigers actually think they are going to win the American League Central with their currently below average bullpen?
Detroit is having a whale of a time holding off the surging Cleveland Indians, so the Tigers are a team that should be hounding Philadelphia about closer Jonathan Papelbon. The reason Papelbon would be such a great fit in the Motor City is because of his experience in big games and fantastic 2.77 ERA this season. At the end of the day, all of these could-be trades surely excite the game of baseball and its fans.