The 2018 MLB season is underway, and while it may be early in the season, it is never too early to take a look at some moves each team should make.
We are less than a month into the new season, but it is never too early to look at the MLB landscape and envision some moves each team should make. For some, the season already looks lost, while others are starting to separate themselves from the pack.
As we look at the 30 MLB teams, and one move each should make, some will be parting ways with players, while others will be adding them. The MLB season is always a surprise, but it is always fun to over-analyze this early in the year.
Here is one deal each team should make right now.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Trade for Chris Archer
The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the best teams in the National League, if not the entire MLB, and they should be in contention to make a serious run this season. Already out to a blazing start in the NL West, they have the bats to lead them, and their pitching staff is pretty solid at the top.
Unfortunately, one of their key arms will be heading to Tommy John Surgery, as Taijuan Walker has a partially torn UCL. That means there is a hole in this rotation, and you cannot afford to not be deep in starting pitching during a pennant chase.
Enter Chris Archer, who is the best pitcher on one of the worst teams in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays are notorious for getting rid of their good players for prospects, as they literally hate to pay for good talent.
He would slide right into the rotation in Arizona, joining the likes of Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Zack Godley, and Patrick Corbin. Archer is signed through 2019, but he is really struggling to start the year, and needs a fresh start.
Arizona is in it for the long haul, and Archer would make a lot of sense with Walker out for the year.
Atlanta Braves: Trade Nick Markakis for some starting pitching
The Atlanta Braves have a loaded farm system, and there are few better prospects that Ronald Acuna Jr. The sweet-swinging outfielder has drawn comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr., after hitting over 20 homes runs, and swiping over 40 bags last season.
While the Braves have gotten out to a good start, there are some real question marks on this roster. The biggest would have to be the starting rotation, which has gotten off to a nice start, but their ace, Julio Teheran is battling.
Atlanta needs to make room for Acuna, and Markakis seems like a logical choice to be moved. Preston Tucker has played very well since joining the team, and Ender Inciarte is a difference maker at the top of the lineup.
Moving Markakis for a No. 2 or 3 starter would certainly help the Braves, who have the talent to make a possible run at a Wild Card. They may be a year away from making that a reality, but it is never too early to bolster the rotation.
If the Kansas City Royals continue to struggle, the Braves may want to put a call in for a guy like Danny Duffy.
Chicago Cubs: Trade Tommy La Stella to the Toronto Blue Jays
The Chicago Cubs are once again one of the better teams in the National League, and they are getting production all over their lineup. One bat that seems to be pretty clutch off the bench is Tommy La Stella, who is a sweet-swinging lefty.
The problem is, La Stella has no place to play, and is relegated to being a pinch-hitter. If the Cubs want to move him, there would likely be a few suitors, especially the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays have very little depth on their bench, and starting third baseman Josh Donaldson is currently on the disabled list. La Stella has the ability to play third base, and he would be a much better option at the plate than the guys the Blue Jays are trotting up there now.
Toronto has some good bullpen guys, and they may part ways with a few to bring in La Stella. This Cubs team is very close to being a World Series contender again, and many believe they are the best team in the National League right now.
La Stella is a nice piece to their roster, but he would get much more playing time north of the border, and the Cubs could get a nice piece back for him.
Cincinnati Reds: Trade Homer Bailey to the Seattle Mariners
The Cincinnati Reds pulled the trigger on the first manager firing of 2018, as they let go of Bryan Price after the team’s 3-15 start. This team is going nowhere fast, and it is time to start moving some of their assets.
One player who should be moved is their Opening Day starter, who could find greener pastures elsewhere. The bottom line is, Homer Bailey is a solid MLB starter, and the team would be able to get something back for him.
Enter the Seattle Mariners, who look to be a team that may be better than expected this season. They have gotten out to a 9-8 start through their first 17 games, and having Ichiro back in the Northwest has energized the franchise.
Former ace Felix Hernandez is not the pitcher he used to be, but James Paxton has come in and become that ace this team needs. Bailey would be a nice third or fourth option in this rotation, giving the Mariners good depth.
The Reds will finish at the bottom of the NL Central this season, so it is time to let Bailey go and try and pitch for a winner.
Colorado Rockies: Trade Carlos Gonzalez for some relief pitching
The Colorado Rockies have long struggled with pitching, as Coors Field has been a stadium where pitchers go to die. However, they do have some good young arms in the likes of Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson, who should lead this rotation into the next decade.
The problem this season, and most of the last couple of seasons, has been the pitching of their bullpen. Even a pitching guru like Bud Black struggles to make the right moves at times, and they should trade away one of their assets to get some fresh arms back there.
One player who could be on his way out is Carlos Gonzalez, who is starting to get up there in age. Cargo has been a cog in this Rockies lineup for many seasons, but there is enough depth in the outfield to send him packing.
Guys like Adam Ottavino, Wade Davis, and Jake McGee have pitched well out of the pen this season, but Chris Rusin, Antonio Senzatela, and MIke Dunn have been roughed up. They could use more depth, and Cargo could bring them a haul.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Trade for Scooter Gennett
The Los Angeles Dodgers made it all the way to the World Series last season, though they were bested by the Houston Astros. In 2018, they have gotten out to a sluggish start, winning only eight of their first 18 games.
They should be able to right the ship, and when they do, they need to be locked and loaded for a chase for the NL West crown. One area they could use an upgrade is at second base, where they have relied on Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley.
Hernandez is a nice utility player, and Utley can still play despite his advanced age. However, trading for a player like Scooter Gennett may be the way to go, and his current team, the Cincinnati Reds, are not going anywhere.
Gennett is a player who can hit to all fields, and he is pretty solid manning the second base position. He hit nearly .300 last season, and is off to a good start in 2018 despite his team already firing their manager.
The Dodgers are going to make their run, and adding a player like Gennett to a double play combo with Corey Seager would make them pretty solid up the middle.
Miami Marlins: Trade Martin Prado to the Arizona Diamondbacks
The Miami Marlins are not going anywhere this season, and they will appear quite a bit on our list of moves to be made. One move they should look to making is trading away Martin Prado to the Arizona Diamondbacks for some prospects.
The Diamondbacks are currently dealing with Jake Lamb being on the disabled list, as he tries to come back from an AC joint sprain. In Prado, they could get a guy who can be moved all over the field, and be the team’s starting third baseman until Lamb comes back.
Prado can flat out hit, and he would be joining a Diamondbacks team that could end up winning the NL West. They have a pretty solid lineup from top to bottom, and bringing in Prado would enable a guy like Danny Descalso to go back to coming off the bench.
The NL West is going to go down to the wire, so even when Lamb comes back from injury, they will have ways to utilize Prado in the stretch run. Prado should be back from the disabled list as early as next week, getting healthy just in time to leave the dumpster fire that is the Miami Marlins.
Arizona has the roster to make a run to the World Series, and Prado is a guy you can rely on with the game on the line.
Milwaukee Brewers: Trade for Joakim Soria
The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a fast start in the NL Central, winning 12 of their first 21 games. They made some nice moves to bolster the lineup this offseason, including bringing in outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.
When it comes to the pitching staff, the team got a bad break when closer Corey Knebel went down to injury. They are currently using a closer by committee situation, which could spell disaster in the long run.
The Chicago White Sox are not going anywhere, but they have a capable closer in Joakim Soria. The Brewers should look to trade away some prospects for Soria, who would get a fresh start outside of the AL Central.
Milwaukee looks to be for real this season, and manager Craig Counsell has done a nice job since taking over a few years ago. If they continue to win, and Knebel does not come back soon, look for them to make a move for a closer who can help finish games in what should be a tough divisional race.
Knebel is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks, and in this division, that could be too long to go without a shutdown guy in the ninth inning. This move makes sense for both organizations.
New York Mets: Trade Matt Harvey to the Minnesota Twins
While he used to be known as the Dark Knight, Matt Harvey is now just known as the worst starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He has taken a rapid decline since staying in Game 5 of the World Series in what seems like forever ago, and it is time for the team to make a move.
This is obviously his last season in the Big Apple, as his agent, Scott Boras, was hoping for a monster year to get him a new deal. In fact, his earned run average since that World Series game has been over 6.00, so it is clear he is no longer the pitcher he once way.
Harvey’s contract is up after this season, and the team should try to get rid of him and at least get a prospect or two. One team that could use him at the back of their rotation is the MInnesota Twins, who will likely be making another push towards the Wild Card in 2018.
Playing outside of the bright lights of New York could help Harvey, who never became the pitcher he was supposed to be. His early career trajectory had him ending up in Cooperstown, but now, if he does not fix the way he pitches, he may be out of the league by the time he is 30.
He still has enough talent to have a solid MLB career, but if he keeps thinking he can just blow people away, he is going to be watching games on TV before too long.
Philadelphia Phillies: Trade for Wilson Ramos
For a team ready to run their new manager out of the City of Brotherly Love earlier in the season, the Philadelphia Phillies seem to have righted the ship. It would appear that every team in Philly is “trusting the process,” and they may have enough talent to win right now.
The addition of Jake Arrieta was huge, and he has pitched like a $75 million man. The Phillies have the talent on this roster to make a run at the Wild Card, and could use a veteran presence behind the plate.
Enter Wilson Ramos, who is currently playing for the lowly Tampa Bay Rays. Ramos has a history of being a clutch hitter in this league, and he could be a guy who can inject a lot of experience into this catching group in Philadelphia.
Every good pitcher loves a catcher who can call a good game, and Ramos has caught some of the best during his career. He also carries with him a pretty respectable bat, and the Rays would to love some of the prospects the Phillies have in their system.
Winning 12 of their first 19 games has turned this Phillies team into one with the second-best record in the NL East, which could have at least two teams make the playoffs this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Trade David Freese to the New York Yankees
The Pittsburgh Pirates got rid of some of their marquee players this past offseason, as guys like Andrew McCutchen left the team. Despite that, the Pirates find themselves in first place in the NL Central as of April 21, and have been much better than advertised.
One player really helping them has been David Freese, who is a former World Series MVP. Freese’s stock has never been higher, and the Pirates may want to dip into the trade market to see if there is a viable match.
The New York Yankees have been struggling a bit out of the gate, as players like Neil Walker, Giancarlo Stanton, and Brandon Drury have not produced. In fact, Miguel Andujar was called up from the minors to take the place of the injured Drury, and has been terrific.
At third base, the Yankees need some veteran leadership, and Freese has that championship caliber this organization needs. Freese could also be used all over the diamond, giving the Yankees another bat to rotate into their lineup.
The Pirates may not be in this race for the long haul, and if the organization sees it that way, moving the veteran Freese for one or two of the Yankees prospects may be the way to go, as even the Yankees lower tier prospects are better than most teams have on the high tier.
San Diego Padres: Trade Chase Headley to the Los Angeles Dodgers
It is not often that teams like to trade within their division, but the San Diego Padres know they will not be chasing the Los Angeles Dodgers any time soon. In fact, the Padres have a long way to go before their are competitive in the division, and they should start to unload some of their veteran players.
The Dodgers need help in the infield, especially at third base, so trading for a guy like Chase Headley makes sense. Headley has been a professional hitter in this league for a long time, and would bring some more veteran leadership to the Dodgers clubhouse.
Los Angeles made a special run last season, and they have the talent to do that again in 2018. Currently, they are dealing with a broken wrist on star third baseman Justin Turner, and there is no timetable for his return.
Bringing in Headley would allow the team to bring Turner back slowly, as they are going to need him for the stretch run. This NL West division is going to go down to the wire, and even with Turner back, Headley could serve as a solid bat off the bench.
San Diego brought in Eric Hosmer this offseason, and it was a move that was supposed to put butts in the seats. Instead, they find themselves at the bottom of the NL West, winning only eight of their first 21 games.
San Francisco Giants: Trade for Daniel Mengden
The San Francisco Giants have suffered some tough injuries already this season, but none bigger than what happened right at the end of Spring Training. Star starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner took a liner back to his wrist, which just happened to be the wrist on his throwing arm.
Through the first 19 games, the loss of Bumgarner has been devastating, as the team has won only eight games. They lack leadership at the top of the rotation, and they must be counting the days until MadBum makes his return to pitching every fifth day.
In addition to Bumgarner, guys like Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto are also on the disabled list, leaving them quite short in the rotation. The team should look across the bay for some help in that department, and bring in a pitcher like Daniel Mengden from the Oakland Athletics.
Mengden is mostly known for his tremendous mustache, which is reminiscent of Rollie Fingers. However, he has also done a nice job on the mound this season for the A’s, who are likely slated for the bottom of the AL West again in 2018.
He would be a nice addition to this rotation, and could actually be the No. 3 or 4 starter once they get all their arms back. They have fallen into a hole to start the year, and Mengden could help seal the leak at least every fifth day.
St. Louis Cardinals: Trade Kolten Wong to the Texas Rangers
For a time, Kolten Wong was one of the more exciting players on this St. Louis Cardinals roster. However, he has gotten off to a tough start to the 2018 season, and it may be time for the team to think about moving him out of town.
Wong is hitting well below the Mendoza Line to start the season, and has driven in only two runs through his first 17 games. One team he could be a nice fit for, for at least a little while, is the Texas Rangers, who star second baseman is currently on the disabled list.
In Texas, Wong would still be in a playoff race, as the Rangers should be around for most of the summer in the AL West. They have a solid second baseman in Rougned Odor, but Wong could serve as some quality help in the infield off the bench once Odor returns.
Odor has yet to start running as he is battling back from a strained hamstring back in early April. The Rangers need someone to come in and be their everyday second baseman until he returns, and a fresh start could help Wong.
Remember, Wong hit .285 last season for the Cardinals, but just has not looked right at the plate thus far in 2018.
Washington Nationals: Trade for Darren O’Day
The Washington Nationals are one of the best teams in baseball, and they should be right in the running to represent the National League in the World Series this season. Star outfield Bryce Harper is off to a fast start, and they recently took two of three from the New York Mets.
While the NL East is certain to go down to the wire, the Nationals are going to need some more help in their bullpen. The starting rotation is pretty deep from 1-to-5, but the bullpen needs some extra arms in their quest to get to Sean Doolittle at the end of games.
Enter Darren O’Day, who could make the short trip over from Baltimore to our Nation’s Capital. O’Day has struck out better than a batter per inning for the Orioles this season, and recently picked up his first save of the year.
The Orioles are not going anywhere this season, and getting some prospects for O’Day may be the way to go. With the Nationals, O’Day and his sidewinder delivery would give teams a different arm angle to try to look at late in games.
The Nationals have the talent to make a serious run, and while Doolittle is solid as their closer, the bullpen can be worrisome at times.
Baltimore Orioles: Trade Manny Machado to the Atlanta Braves
It is no secret that Manny Machado will likely not be back with the Baltimore Orioles next season, and he is slated to hit free agency this winter. If the Orioles do not get something for him in a trade this season, they will get nothing for him in free agency, so they may want to make a move.
The team with the best farm system in baseball is the Atlanta Braves, which could be a landing spot for Machado. If the Orioles decide to make this move, the Braves could send over a wealth of prospects, and Machado may actually want to stay in Atlanta.
The Braves have been better than advertised this season, and the organization could make the pitch to Machado that it could be a long-term solution for his career. They have a rich history of playing great baseball, and have started off the year in better shape than people might have expected.
Ronald Acuna Jr. would likely be off limits, but everybody else could be fair game, if the Braves can get Machado to agree to a long-term deal after the trade. Atlanta does have a solid shortstop in Dansby Swanson, and Machado has said that he would like to be a permanent shortstop for the rest of his career.
That would take some maneuvering, but when it comes to Machado, he has shown he can be a team player in the past.
Boston Red Sox: Trade for Tyson Ross
The Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball to start 2018, and they could be in for a very long season. Boston currently is playing baseball at a historic clip, and started the season with a 17-2 record through 19 games.
Chris Sale is a beast as a starting pitcher, and the Killer B’s in the outfield have been terrific. One area the team could use an upgrade is in the starting rotation, where they may want to go out and get a player like Tyson Ross from San Diego.
Ross is off to a solid start this season, but the Padres are headed nowhere fast. He would join a rotation that is pretty top heavy, and give the Red Sox another arm they can rely on during the stretch run.
Most of the talk this offseason regarding the AL East has focused around the New York Yankees, who brought in Giancarlo Stanton to team with Aaron Judge. However, it has been the Red Sox who have been the class of the division, and they do not look to be going anywhere soon.
Boston has the lineup to score runs, and they still have guys who need come come off the disabled list. Ross is a solid pitcher, and would solidify this rotation.
Chicago White Sox: Trade Jamie Shields to the Milwaukee Brewers
While he may no longer be considered “Big Game James,” Jamie Shields is still a pitcher you can be confident sending out to the hill every fifth day. He has the ability to get guys out in big spots, and brings with him a championship caliber pedigree.
What stinks for Shields is he currently plays for the White Sox, so he is not going to be in many big games. If the White Sox were smart, they would send him packing, as they could get a nice haul from the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers look to be a team that is going to challenge for at least a Wild Card spot this season, and Shields is an arm they could stick in the middle of their rotation. He may not have the greatest stuff anymore, but he can definitely win you a ball game, or end a losing streak.
Milwaukee did a lot to bolster their lineup this offseason, but the rotation needs help. For the White Sox, in this kind of season, it is best to trade away your best veterans to get yourself some young talent.
Shields can help the Brewers in the long run, and his best case scenario would be getting out of Chicago in a hurry.
Cleveland Indians: Trade for Jon Jay
The Cleveland Indians are once again one of the best teams in the American League, and they should make another run towards the World Series in 2018. They have one of the best managers in the game in Terry Francona, and they have gotten off to another fast start in the AL Central.
If there is an area that could use some depth, it is in the outfield, where they could stand to bring in a player like Jon Jay. Jay currently plays for AL Central rival Kansas City, so this deal could become a little sticky, but he could definitely help the Indians.
Currently, the Indians have Lonnie Chisenhall on the disabled list, and he usually adds pop to this outfield. However, Jay could provide some good spark at the top of this lineup, and give the Indians an extra dimension to their offense.
The Royals are not going anywhere this season, as they appear to be headed to a down year. Jay could net them a solid prospect in return, and for the Indians, he could be one of those spark plugs you need in the postseason.
These two teams do not like each other, but for this one trade, they may be able to find a deal that works for both sides.
Detroit Tigers: Trade Francisco Liriano to the Pittsburgh Pirates
The Detroit Tigers seem to be headed towards a tough season in 2018, as they are just lacking on talent at the Major League level. They also have been seeing some of their best players fly the coop, and none was bigger than the one they traded away during the 2017 season.
Last year, they traded away their ace in Justin Verlander, only to see him go to the Houston Astros and win a World Series. That must have been a tough pill to swallow for the fans in the Motor City, as Verlander had been so good for the team for so long.
Detroit still has some pop in this lineup, as guys like Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez can turn back the clock every once in a while. Still, there is just not enough for them to be competitive in the AL Central, as the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will likely run away with the division.
That means it is time to make some moves, and they may want to send Francisco Liriano back to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have been better than advertised this season, and they could certainly use another left-handed pitcher in their rotation.
The Tigers will eventually get back to being competitive, but for 2018, it is going to be a long season for them and their fans.
Houston Astros: Trade for Francisco Cervelli
Last year, the Houston Astros were the kings of baseball, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. To start the 2018 season, they have picked up right where they left off, and many believe they are the best team in baseball.
The roster is pretty much stocked from top to bottom, as they have a nice blend of speed and power in their lineup. They also have a rotation full of aces, including Justin Verlander, who has seen his career take off once again since coming to Houston.
One area they could stand to get better is behind the plate, where Brian McCann currently gets the bulk of the duty. McCann can be solid in spots, but bringing in a guy like Francisco Cervelli could make the unit even better.
Cervelli has been a solid player during his time in Pittsburgh, and really knows how to work with a pitching staff. He also hits from the right side, so getting him would give the Astros a nice righty-lefty platoon between him and McCann.
The Astros are going to be in this thing at the end, so it is never too early to start thinking about matchups that will eventually win your division and beyond.
Kansas City Royals: Trade Lucas Duda to the Colorado Rockies
The Kansas City Royals are struggling big time this season, and they are a long ways away from the team that went to the World Series two years ago. Losing Eric Hosmer was big for the team, and his replacement, Lucas Duda, is not the answer.
When it comes to this roster, they just have too many holes, and the rest of the division has passed them. They could bring back some good prospects for Duda, who can still hit the ball a very long way.
One team where he would fit nicely is the Colorado Rockies, who have some issues with the first base position. Playing in that thin air inside Coors Field, Duda could hit over 30 home runs for the Rockies this season.
The Rockies also have some solid prospects, who could help the Royals in a year or two. That would make this trade beneficial for both teams, as the Rockies are currently a playoff contender with the lineup they already have.
Duda can still hit in spurts, and if he can get hot down the stretch for Colorado, he could carry the team for a week or two.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Trade for Jose Urena
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been better than expected this season, and are getting some big production from new arrival Shohei Ohtani, who really struggled in Spring Training. Ohtani is currently dealing with a blister, but when he is healthy, he is quite the attraction.
As they head into May, they have to be thinking they can make some noise in the AL West. If they are to make a run towards the playoffs, they have to get some more arms into this rotation. Ohtani has proven to be a solid pitcher, but it will be interesting to see how long he can succeed both on the mound, and at the plate.
One pitcher who could probably use a change of scenery is Jose Urena, who was the Opening Day starter for the Miami Marlins. Urena has the stuff to be very good at the Major League level, but he is never going to reach his potential playing in South Beach.
With the Angeles, he would join a rotation that features Ohtani, Garrett Richards, and Andrew Heaney to name a few, so he would be near the top. Urena is only 23, and he won 14 games last season, so it could take some top prospects to get him.
The Angels are 14-7 through the first 21 games, but they have the Astros in their division, so bolstering this rotation has got to be a priority.
Minnesota Twins: Trade for Wandy Peralta
Last season, the Minnesota Twins shocked a lot of people when they made it to the playoffs as a Wild Card team. Coming off a terrible 2016 season, many thought the Twins would be an afterthought in the AL Central, but they were very wrong.
Manager Paul Molitor, who is a Twins legend, went on to win Manager of the Year honors, and the team took major strides. They have some extremely talented players on this roster, and are right at the top of the AL Central once again in 2018.
When it comes to the bullpen, they could definitely use some help. One player who could be a nice fit in Minnesota is Wandy Peralta, who is a solid left-handed reliever for the Cincinnati Reds.
Peralta posted a 3.76 earned run average last season for the Reds, and has been nearly unhittable for the team this season. In fact, through his first ten appearances, he has yet to allow a single earned run, and has allowed only two hits through 9.2 innings of work.
Minnesota should be in playoff contention once again, and with the Reds miring at the bottom of the NL Central, they could get some solid prospects in return for Peralta in this deal.
New York Yankees: Trade for Justin Bour
The New York Yankees have stumbled out of the gate a bit this season, as prized newcomer Giancarlo Stanton has struggled at the plate. In addition, they have had no real answer at first base, as Greg Bird was hurt in Spring Training, and Neil Walker has also not hit.
Last year, the Yankees appeared to be zeroing in on Miami Marlins slugger Justin Bour, and they should pull the trigger on it this season. These two teams have already gotten together to make the Stanton deal happen, and Bour would be another big bat landing in the Bronx.
Bour can flat out mash, and his swing is tailor-made for the Yankee Stadium. He has shown during his career that he can hit to all fields, and with the Yankees, he would be that full-time first baseman they have not had in a long time.
Sure, the Yankees are currently behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, but there is a lot of season left. This lineup already has a ton of punch, and putting a left handed bat in the middle of it would make it much more balanced.
Bour makes a ton of sense, and with the Marlins expected to be bad for quite some time, they might as well dip into that vast Yankees prospect pool for Bour’s services.
Oakland Athletics: Trade Jonathan Lucroy to the New York Mets
Prior to the 2018 MLB season, many believed the New York Mets should go after Jonathan Lucroy to be their starting catcher. The current Mets catching situation is in disarray, as both Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud are both on the disabled list.
The Mets have gotten out to a fast start in 2018, and currently sit atop the NL East. If they can add a player like Lucroy behind the plate, it would give them a serious upgrade at the position as they try to hold on to first the rest of the year.
This is Lucroy’s first season with the Oakland Athletics, who are struggled once again in 2018. While the Mets do not have a ton of good prospects, the A’s could get a second-tier guy for Lucroy’s services, and there is no real loyalty to him right now.
New York finally has their pitching staff healthy, and having Lucroy behind the dish would do wonders for them as they try to navigate the season. He is also a major upgrade at the plate, possessing good bat control and power for a catcher.
The Mets are a couple pieces away from being a World Series contender, and in Lucroy, they would finally have a player behind the plate they can count on in the field, and at the dish.
Seattle Mariners: Trade for Pedro Alvarez
The Seattle Mariners made a huge move for the fan base when they brought back Ichiro this offseason, and he has helped inject some life into the clubhouse. Through the first 19 games of the season, the Mariners are actually 11-8, and sitting right in the mix in the AL West.
While Felix Hernandez is not the ace he once was, James Paxton has come in and grabbed the torch from him. With Paxton hitting his stride, the Mariners have a decent rotation, and it has enabled them to get off to a fast start this season.
In the lineup, Nelson Cruz can still do damage at the plate, showing the kind of power that has made him one of the more feared home run hitters in the American League over the past couple of seasons. However, this team could use some of that power from the left side, and Pedro Alvarez can provide that.
Alvarez is having a nice season for the Baltimore Orioles, as he has looked much more comfortable ta the plate. He is a guy who can leave the yard at any time, and his swing is perfectly suited for Safeco Field.
The Mariners have the talent to make a run this season, and guys like Dee Gordon and Ichiro have been nice additions. Alvarez could be one as well.
Tampa Bay Rays: Trade Denard Span to the Texas Rangers
Denard Span is in his first season with the Tampa Bay Rays, and he has shown at times that he can still get it done in the field, and at the plate. Last season, he hit over .270 for the San Francisco Giants, and has a career batting average over .280.
While the Rays are not going to make a run, Span is the kind of player who can help a playoff contender get over the hump. One team that could be a nice landing spot for him is the Texas Rangers, who have to start digging themselves out of the hole they have created through the first 22 games.
Texas currently are dealing with a broken hand for Delino DeShields, and their depth in the outfield is lacking. Span is a guy who can come in and fill any of the three outfield spots, and has shown he can still play some centerfield.
This Rangers team is pretty solid, and injuries are really hurting them at this point. They have to do something to get out of the cellar, and injecting some veteran leadership in the clubhouse has never hurt anybody.
Span is still a very productive player, and with the Rangers, he could ease the void left by DeShields being on the DL.
Texas Rangers: Trade for C.J. Cron
The Texas Rangers need help this season, as they have won only seven of their first 22 games. The problem is that the lineup just has not been producing, and injuries are limiting them to what they can do with the stick.
One area of need is at first base, where they could stand to upgrade for a full-time player. One player who could do very well in this lineup is C.J. Cron, who currently is playing sparingly for the Tampa Bay Rays.
When Cron gets playing time, he can hit some home runs, and has hit more than 15 in each of his last three seasons. He has accomplished that despite not being a full-time player, which is a role he could take on in Texas.
The AL West is a tough division, and the Rangers have dug themselves a nice hole to start the campaign. If they can get some bats in the lineup, and get a healthy Rougned Odor back, they should be able to start to string some wins together.
Cron is a nice player, and has played most of his career in the AL West, so he makes a lot of sense going to the Rangers.
Toronto Blue Jays: Trade for Matt Joyce
The Toronto Blue Jays were not expected to challenge in the AL East, especially with all the moves the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox made this offseason. However, they currently sit in second place in the division, thanks in most part to timely hitting, and clutch pitching.
While it remains to be seen if they can keep this going all summer, one thing is for certain as we head to May. The Blue Jays do not have enough depth in the outfield, and they could stand to bring in a player like Matt Joyce.
Joyce has always been able to hit, but he never really put a full season together. Last season, Joyce hit 25 home runs for the Oakland Athletics, but has only two through the first 20 games this season.
If he heads to the Blue Jays, he will certainly get a ton of playing time. He has great power to all fields, and if the Blue Jays are going to stay in this race, they need more bats that can do some damage.
Despite the injuries, the Blue Jays have gotten out to a fast start to the season, and they look to be a team that could hang around this summer. Winning 13 of your first 20 games is a great way to kick off a campaign.