5 Hypothetical MLB Trades as the Deadline Approaches: Marcus Stroman to Minnesota

The MLB Trade Deadline is less than three weeks away. Teams have the next few weeks to decide if they are going to be buyers or sellers. The Twins and Yankees both lead their divisions and are among the teams expected to be buyers at the deadline. The Blue Jays, Tigers, Mets, and Royals are expected to be the big sellers at the deadline. 

1. Minnesota Twins  (#7 Scout MLB Power Rankings): Trade for Marcus Stroman                                                  

Twins Get: Marcus Stroman

Blue Jays Get: 1B Brent Rooker, RHP Jordan Balazovic, RHP Jhoan Duran

Thoughts: The Twins need to add a top-tier arm if they are going to make a deep postseason run. Jose Berrios, Marcus Stroman, and Kyle Gibson would be three solid pieces to a rotation. The Twins can't trust Michael Pineda or Martin Perez late in the season. The Jays, on the other hand, are in the midst of a rebuild and have several very talented young pieces to build around already in Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Nate Pearson. Brent Rooker has an MLB ready hit tool, and Balazovic and Duran add two young arms to the Blue Jays' farm.

2.  New York Yankees (#2 Scout MLB Power Rankings): Trade for Madison Bumgarner                             

Yankees Get: Madison Bumgarner

Giants Get: OF Clint Frazier, INF Thairo Estrada, RHP Albert Abreu

Thoughts: This is a tricky trade because Madison Bumgarner has the Yankees as one of the teams on his no trade clause, so it will be interesting if Bumgarner is willing to sign off on a trade to the Yankees. The Giants farm is one of the weakest farms in all of baseball, and although Estrada and Frazier are no longer prospects, their addition would give the Giants two MLB ready youngsters. The Yankees have been snakebit with injuries at Pitcher. Luis Severino hasn't pitched this season, Jonathan Loaisiga has been injured for most of this season, and Jordan Montgomery had a set back in his recovery from Tommy John. Bumgarner would be the Yankees #2 pitcher right now and would provide insurance if none of these pitchers are able to return to health.

3. Milwaukee Brewers (#12 Scout MLB Power Rankings): Trade for Noah Syndergaard                            

Brewers Get: Noah Syndergaard

Mets Get: RHP Corbin Burnes, RHP Freddy Peralta, OF Corey Ray, RHP Trey Supak

Thoughts: The Mets look like they are going to sell at the deadline with Jacob DeGrom being the only pitcher safe from the trading block. Syndergaard has struggled with injuries the past few seasons and his 4.68 ERA this year is the worst of his career. Syndergaard doesn't turn 27 until late August and offers a lot of upside for any team that would trade for him. The Brewers, who are fighting for a playoff spot, could be the destination for "Thor". RHPs Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta have not been good this season, but they both offer the Mets several years of control. OF prospect Corey Ray has elite athleticism, and RHP Trey Supak has been tearing up AA this season. Syndergaard is a Free Agent after next season, and it is looking more and more likely that he gets moved by the deadline.

4. Houston Astros (#3 Scout MLB Power Rankings): Trade for Robbie Ray                                                

Astros Get: Robbie Ray

Diamondbacks Get: OF Kyle Tucker, 3B Abraham Toro, LHP Ryan Hartman

Thoughts: The Astros have the benefit of being one of the best teams in baseball and still having a very good farm system. The Astros need to add to their pitching depth before the postseason, and Robbie Ray would be an excellent LHP replacement for Dallas Keuchel, who the Astros decided not to re-sign after last season. Kyle Tucker would be the prize of this trade for the D-Backs and would most likely immediately head to the majors.

5.San Diego Padres (#20 Scout MLB Power Rankings): Trade for Matthew Boyd                                          

Padres Gets: LHP Matthew Boyd

Tigers Get: RHP Cal Quantrill, 1B Josh Naylor, RHP Luis Patino, RHP Anderson Espinoza, 3B Ty France

Thoughts: The Padres need to add starting pitching if they are going to start competing in the next few seasons. Eric Lauer, Chris Paddock, and Joey Lucchesi are solid pitchers, but Boyd would give the Padres a #1 pitcher, which they lack. The Padres would have to give up a lot to get Boyd, but they have a consensus top-3 farm system in all of baseball and could afford to part with some of their top prospects. Naylor and Quantrill are in the majors right now, and France has played 34 games this season in the majors. Patino would be the gem of this trade, and Anderson Espinoza was once a top-20 prospect before having two Tommy John Surgeries. 

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