The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is looming, and we’re at the point of the season where a couple of wins or losses can determine whether teams are buyers or sellers.
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the series that start Monday that will have the biggest impact on the “buy or sell?” crowd.
Date: July 16
Analysis (Rivera): Well, it’s about time. You could have picked a couple panhandlers off the streets of Washington D.C. and they would have helped the Nats bullpen. Instead, Washington gets two quality arms to help solidify a glaring issue. Good move for Washington, as they’re probably looking World Series or bust this season.
Yankees get 1B help
Players involved: 1B Garrett Cooper (to Yankees); P Tyler Webb (to Brewers)
Joey Votto, Reds
Question: What do you think of all the home runs this year?
Answer: “I think that, as the season moves along and you start seeing some 30s and 40s and 50s from guys that you wouldn’t expect from, that’s when you start having conversations like, ‘What the heck is really going on?’ When there’s 15s and 25s, it doesn’t really hit home. But once we’re deep in the season and so-and-so has 45 home runs or so-and-so just hit their 30th, you’ll scratch your head and say ‘Alright, we’ll take it.’”
Michael Fulmer, Tigers
Question: Is the baseball juiced?
Answer: “Going right at it, huh? … There’s multiple sides to that. Obviously, we have some guys that believe that’s the main thing. Reports have come out, blah blah blah. We read them. As pitchers, we always try to (think) there’s always a reason the ball gets out of the yard.