Trade deadline rumors are always bananas, but let’s breakdown trades that would send fans into a frenzy if they actually happened.
July 31 is like Christmas morning for baseball fans. Trades come filing in from all the insiders as teams try to ramp it up for the playoffs in October. If you’re an expiring contract, or on a bad team start packing your bags you’re likely headed to another city.
Last year, there were 42 trades leading up to the trade deadline. With Manny Machado being moved to Los Angeles, now the chips are beginning to fall and the floodgates are opening up for teams with hopes for a playoff run.
The deadline can truly change the fortunes of your team. In 2015 the Mets, who were hovering around .500 traded for Yoenis Cespedes and went on a run to the World Series. The Brewers in 2008 acquired CC Sabathia and went on a run to win the Wild Card making the playoffs for the first time in 26 years.
Not all of the trade are winners, and we don’t see all of them coming. We’re also inundated with bonkers trade rumors about superstar players that would never in a million years get dealt — until they do.
In honor of that, let’s look at some trades that are quasi-realistic but probably have no chance of ever happening even if they’re fun to consider. That’s right, we’re leaning all the way into the craziness of the deadline because what’s life if you can’t have some fun.
Keep in mind, there’s no reporting that says these deals will happen or are being considered. Loosen up a little and don’t take life so seriously. Who knows, a few might be so crazy they actually happen.