Tyson Ross and Joey Votto will get traded
As we head to the trade deadline we always have our buyers and sellers. In the National League, there seems to be a decent gap between most of the contenders and the other teams who will more than likely be selling.
Two teams in the NL that will look to be selling this year are the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds. It would be somewhat shocking to see either of them in contention this July, and really for the next season or so moving forward either. With that said it would be in their best interests to load up on youth and hope that those players can held rebuild the franchise.
Tyson Ross is a guy who will generate a ton of interest and will be looked at as a piece to put a lot of teams over the top. Ross has made 64 starts in the past two years, and last year posted a 3.00 ERA in that time. He is 28 years old and is currently still in his arbitration years, although it is only until 2017. Without having him locked up, and with an age of a prime veteran putting up great numbers, how can the Padres not trade him?
Teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels and more would all be interested if they were in contention this summer. A lot of teams could view him as the piece to get them over the top.
Votto is locked down until 2023 which makes him a bit harder to move. That said, he is a veteran with playoff experience. He is also one of the better pure-hitting first basmean, and last year posted 29 home runs with a .459 OBP.
The Reds may not want to let him go for a price that isn’t heavy, but it may have to happen. They have to look at the 32-year-old and see that he is tied down until he is about 40, and wonder if it is worth it to try to build a team around that for the next few years.
Teams in the AL however, see that he is a guy that can always hit for average and take walks, and could be a DH into his late 30’s. Injury could force some teams into overspending to fill a hole, and a team like the Rays or Astros may just see him putting their roster over the top for a post season run. Either way it would be especially smart for the Reds to move on from him, so who will be interested and if they can send enough to acquire him will be interesting.