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The MLB is just a few hours away from the annual trade deadline. The deadline is set for 4:00pm ET this afternoon, and after that all players have to clear Major League waivers before they can be traded. There are a lot of big names that have been swirling around the rumor mill as of late and teams are starting to make the real serious calls in an attempt to acquire some of these names. And now I’m here to predict what will happen to most of these names at or before the trade deadline. Will the Dodgers pull out a deal to acquire one more piece to add to their hopeful World Series push? Will the Yankees acquire an ace quality starter or a first baseman? What moves will the Astros make? Where are Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish headed? All of these questions will be answered in this Predictions blog.
Predictions for Rumored Pitchers:
Rangers SP Yu Darvish will be traded to the Dodgers for a few solid tier young prospects.
Tigers SP Justin Verlander will not be traded today.
Giants will not trade starters Johnny Cueto or Jeff Samardzija.
Orioles CP Zach Britton is dealt to the AL’s best team in the Houston Astros for a few, young and talented prospects.
Athletics SP Sonny Gray is dealt at the last minute to the Yankees for talented young prospects IF Jorge Mateo and OF Estevan Florial.
Red Sox will make a last minute deal for Mets relief pitcher Addison Reed as a response to the trade deadline moves of the rival New York Yankees.
The Padres deal relief pitcher Brad Hand to the Washington Nationals. Washington uses this as another deal to help strengthen a weak bullpen.
The Blue Jays acquire a prospect or two from the Rockies in exchange for the services of left handed starter J.A. Happ.
The Rockies swing a deal late at the deadline to acquire strong reliever Brad Brach from the Orioles.
Predictions for Rumored Position Players:
The Mets trade veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Brewers who are surprisingly quiet on deadline day.
The Yankees pass up on A’s 1B Yonder Alonso and swing a steal of a deal in acquiring Giants 1B Brandon Belt from the struggling team.
The Rockies acquire right fielder Jay Bruce to replace a struggling Carlos Gonzalez in a deal with the selling New York Mets.
The Angels deal infielder Yunel Escobar to the Dodgers as the Dodgers make a move for insurance in case Justin Turner gets injured on the hot corner.
Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso will not be dealt today.
The Marlins don’t move any of their rumored pieces as Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Marcell Ozuna all stay in the 305.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is not traded as the Tigers hold on to the veteran.
A Recap of these Predictions: Which teams will be the most active? Which teams will be surprisingly quiet?
I am predicting that a lot of contending teams (no surprise there) will be active buyers on the trade market before the deadline. The Yankees, Astros, Dodgers, Nationals, and Red Sox all make semi-splashy and some splashy moves to strengthen weaker areas of their ball club. But the most active team at the deadline will be… the Colorado Rockies. They’ve already swing a few great deals in acquiring former all-stars Pat Neshek and former all-star catcher Jonathan Lucroy. But based on my predictions, they could be acquiring RF Jay Bruce, another reliever in Brad Brach, and lefty starter J.A. Happ. A few contending clubs that I believe may end up being surprisingly quiet at the deadline are the Indians, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Brewers. The biggest sellers on the trade market will most likely be teams like the Giants, Mets, Rangers, Athletics, and the Orioles. Which teams will make moves that will make them better clubs? We will find out today at the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline at 4pm. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed! Be sure to be on the look out for another post later tonight from me that will be an MLB Power Rankings post trade deadline article! Peace!