Which team will be the biggest seller at the MLB trade deadline?
Thomas Carannante: Boston Red Sox. Initially, I thought the Sox would be on the Yankees’ tail all year, but now that they’ve spiraled, it’s all but officially over. JD Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr., Kiké Hernandez, Michael Wacha and others are free agents after this season. Easy assets to cash out on. And then there’s Xander Bogaerts, who could also be dealt due to the contract negotiations remaining stagnant. Expect Chaim Bloom to restock the farm system after the team has bottomed out.
Gabrielle Starr: I’d bet the Boston Red Sox, who’ve collapsed after making it to the ALCS last fall. They have a ton of big names hitting free agency at the end of this year, including JD Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Christian Vazquez, three guys from their historic 2018 team with ample postseason experience, perfect for hopeful teams who need guys who know how to win.
Robert Murray: Oakland A’s. They have a multitude of trade candidates — Frankie Montas, Paul Blackburn, Chad Pinder, Ramon Laureano — and I expect at least two of those players to go.
Drew Koch: It’s got to be the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds began the offseason by waving the white flag and as the trade deadline approaches, I could make the argument that as many as six players will be wearing new jerseys on August 3rd. Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, Tyler Naquin, Tommy Pham, Donovan Solano, and Brandon Drury will all be made available at the deadline.
Tim Boyle: The Chicago Cubs need to be the biggest seller at the trade deadline. Despite a poor record, they have some intriguing pieces. Willson Contreras and David Robertson have no business being on the roster past the trade deadline even if the return isn’t exactly what the Cubs would like to see. Ian Happ should also get traded as should several of their bullpen pieces. The Cubs tried to speed up their rebuild in the offseason. It was a mistake. They should have waited at least another year. It’s time to replenish the farm system.
Dave Hill: Nationals. Not only do they have several impending free agents that will generate interest (Bell, Cruz, etc) but there is the Juan Soto wild card. This deadline could impact their franchise for years to come.