MLB: the needs of the best teams

The Seattle Mariners kicked off the big trade ball last Friday night by getting their hands on excellent right-hander from the Cincinnati Reds, Luis Castillo. The trade raised eyebrows at a few GMs because the Mariners paid top dollar by giving up three of their top five prospects, including excellent pregame player Noelvi Marte. If the price demanded by the Reds seems high, it is possible that the whole thing will slow down the enthusiasm of the best teams in search of reinforcements. Here are the needs of the best teams in each of the leagues by the trade deadline tomorrow, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

American League

After the acquisition of Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals, the Yankees seem to have solved their outfield problem. Now they need an extra arm, probably a starter due to Luis Severino’s health and Jameson Taillon’s lack of consistency. Right-hander Frankie Montas of the A’s appears to be in the sights of general manager Bryan Cashman, after failing in his bid to acquire Luis Castillo.

Once again, the Jays need extra arms. A starter would be welcome to support the rotation, but the bullpen also needs help. A right-hander like the Cubs’ David Robertson would make a lot of sense, but a left-hander to help Tim Mayza would also give manager John Schneider a lot more ammunition.

They’ve already got outfielder David Peralta, but some help behind the plate would be greatly appreciated by manager Kevin Cash. The good news for the Rays is that several injured players should return by the end of the regular season, including the excellent Wander Franco.

Like the Jays, the Twins urgently need help on the mound, both for starters and relievers. If they don’t move, they might regret it with the Guardians and White Sox in the rearview mirror.

Cleveland has been looking for outfield reinforcements for years and it’s still the case in 2022. Don’t be surprised if the Guardians let one of their starters go to get an outfielder.

They already have a very good team with very little weakness, but the Astros seem to want a little more production from their receiver. The name of Wilson Contreras is circulating a lot, but the price seems to be still very high.

They have done a good part of their shopping with the arrival of Luis Castillo, but they need reinforcements in attack. Mitch Haniger should return to the game soon, otherwise Ian Happ of the Cubs would be the ideal candidate because he can play everywhere and is an ambidextrous hitter. The Mariners have the longest non-playoff baseball drought since 2001 and general manager Jerry Dipoto looks set to pay the price to end that nasty streak.

National League

They’ve had a little shopping with the arrivals of Vogelbach, Naquin and Perez, but they’re going to need some help behind the plate. Willson Contreras’ name is circulating a lot, but the Mets, like the Astros, don’t seem to be ready to pay the Cubs’ asking price

They have an excellent balanced team, but the loss of Adam Duvall will force Alex Anthopoulos to possibly look for an outfielder. The name of Joc Pederson of the Giants has been circulating a lot and could go back to where he won the World Series last year.

They’re in the bottom third for batting average and will need some help on offense. They are in discussion with the A’s for Ramon Laureano and the latter could greatly help the team both offensively and defensively. The name of Joey Gallo is also circulating. Could he revive his season and his career in Milwaukeee, away from the spotlight in New York?

The Cards have been lacking consistency this season and could use some help on the mound, especially with the injury to Jack Flaherty. They are also in the Juan Soto file, but the price to pay seems to be disproportionate at the moment.

They will have reinforcements soon with some pitchers coming back from the injured list. But the needs on the mound, especially in relief, are glaring. Craig Kimbrel is struggling and the connection between the starters and the number reliever is difficult. If Dave Roberts is to live up to his prediction of winning the World Series in 2022, he has to hope his general manager will give him a few extra arms in relief, including a lefty.

They need outfield help and more offensive production. It is possible that Fernando Tatis Jr will be converted to an outfielder when he returns to play later in August, but the latter would prefer to remain at shortstop. They’re still in the hunt for Juan Soto because of the quality of their many prospects, but will they be willing to pay the Nationals’ demands? To be continued !

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