With the deadline just over a month away, the top trade candidate series keeps trucking. I’ll be honest: this post required a re-write after yesterday’s action. The list is in flux with Fernando Rodney (who would’ve been #4) and Bud Norris (he’d have cracked the back of the ranking) changing hands … not to mention Sean Doolittle and Jon Jay hitting the DL, some injured players returning, and others pushing into trade contention. We’re also rolling out our second expansion of the ranking. Your weekly reminder: we’re not just ranking players by skill alone; we’re looking at overall asset value and trade likelihood. To assess trade value, we’re starting with overall on-field ability — with a premium on the capacity to make an impact in the current season — and then adjusting for contract and market factors. With contenders’ needs in relatively sharp focus, limitations such as future contract status, age, and niche role (platoon bats, relief-only pitchers) tend to have less of a drag on value — though obviously they still matter quite a bit. With regard to the likelihood of a swap, the focus is on potential selling teams’ motivation to deal, with contract status, near and long-term roster fit, and overall competitiveness all weighing heavily. Some teams simply aren’t in a position at present where it makes sense to include their top potential trade chips, but that will evolve over the coming weeks
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons updated the status of injured right fielder Jose Bautista prior to Toronto’s Canada Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
Some people use America’s immense space to build tiny stone cities. Others use it to play baseball.
The Red Sox have been banned from signing any international players during the international signing period that starts Saturday, and they had five of their international teenage prospects from Venezuela declared free agents after an investigation by Major League Baseball showed the club circumvented the international bonus-pool regulations, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.
They’re not socks as much as wearable art.
The Cleveland Indians had an extraordinary June. They posted the best record in baseball, at 22-6, for that month, and they still have that 13-game winning streak alive and well. And they have been doing it the old-fashioned way, with pitching. So how do we explain the Baltimore Orioles?
It’s one month until the non-waiver Trade Deadline — it’s Aug. 1 this year — which means rumors will be running rampant. It also means it’s time to familiarize yourself with each club’s Deadline decisions.
Look very, very closely.