One of the effects of this shrinking middle class in baseball is that teams know much earlier than ever whether or not they will be buying or selling at the trade deadline. For many teams, that decision is made in the offseason and what happens after the games start doesn’t really matter. Take the Rays, for example, as they were only three games below .500 when they sent Alex Colomé and Denard Span to Seattle in a clear sell move. That doesn’t seem like something that would have happened even a few years ago. Since then, Kelvin Herrera has also been dealt from Kansas City. The point is, teams know earlier what path they’ll take, and that leads to more trades earlier in the year. It also means that we have more trade rumors earlier in the season. We’re starting to hear whispers about possible trade targets now, and among them are two of the most prominent franchise faces in the game.
We’ll start with the Orioles, who actually came into the season hoping to contend. Many of us saw that as a long shot, but they’ve been even worse than most imagined and are perhaps the clearest seller on the entire market. Manny Machado is the number one trade piece of the summer, but he’s not the only position player being shopped by Baltimore. They also have Adam Jones, who has been the face of the Orioles for over a decade. The outfielder can decide his own fate thanks to his 10/5 rights, but it seems as if Baltimore would like to deal him. Putting aside where his game is at at this point in his career, Jones is one of those players that will be weird to see in a different uniform.
Adrian Beltre, meanwhile, is not quite on the same level of Jones in terms of his connection with the franchise. Jones has essentially spent every notable year of his career in Baltimore, while Beltre has moved all along the league. However, he’s settled in with the Rangers in the latter part of his career and it is likely the franchise with whom he’ll be most associated when he eventually makes the Hall of Fame. It seemed from the outside that he’d never be a trade piece regardless of how bad things got on Texas. Instead, he’s on the trade block as well. The Rangers and Orioles are not necessarily doing things wrong or poorly and trading these types of players is likely for the best in the long-term. The takeaway, however, is that nothing you love is forever. Eat at Arbys.
- Grant apparently had some time on his hands so he made up 50 video games that he would play. I’d play at least 75 percent of these, to be honest.
- Cameron Maybin stole a hit from Charlie Blackmon. Baseball is unfair sometimes.
- The Yankees were shut out by the Rays on Saturday, which is a story enough on its own even when you don’t consider that it’s their first series loss since a series that started on May 21.
- Madison Bumgarner is another franchise face who has been thrown around in trade speculation. That one isn’t going to happen.
- One of the few rough spots for the Astros this season has been Dallas Keuchel. Even he is showing signs that better things are coming at some point soon.
- The Athletics tied a record on Saturday with home runs in 24 consecutive road games.
- The Dodgers are trying to get back to the top spot in the National League West after a rough start to their season, and the good news is that their pitching staff is getting healthy again.
- Also involved in that NL West race are the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they would be silly to not go after Manny Machado.
- In 2017, Domingo Santana was one of the better power hitters in the game. In 2018, Domingo Santana has been demoted in favor of Brad Miller. Baseball is weird.
- Oliver Perez is not only still in the league, but he is still playing key roles in major-league bullpens.