Jeff Luhnow, president of baseball operations at Astros, outlined his deal close last week: catcher, take-off pitcher, left-hander. Really, Jeff? That's all? How about a weekend in Maui?
In the meantime, his Dodgers colleague Andrew Friedman said he wanted to be aggressive as usual before he set up his wish list for the financial close last week
Astros president for baseball operations Jeff Luhnow: catcher, pitcher, left-hander. Really, Jeff? That's all? How about spending a weekend in Maui?
Meanwhile, his Dodgers counterpart Andrew Friedman said he wanted to be aggressive as usual before adding that wisdom, "We'll just stop when the time comes to dupid. "
The problem is that no-one knows where this line is, as executives weigh how much future ̵
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This dilemma may be one of the reasons why so little was done during the trading deadline on Wednesday. On the one hand, 17 out of 30 teams still consider themselves highly competitive, which significantly reduces the stock of available players. As demand is greater than supply, sales teams push their leverage as far as possible.
Or we reconsider all things. To paraphrase the late and legendary Phillies manager Paul Owens, "Are we doing something that makes us better today?"
In other words, think small. Fill in a need before you try to fill three. Just get better. Let us use these wise words to make a modest proposal for 17 candidates, ranked in order of percentage of profit on the weekend. Why 17? Well, those are the 17 clubs within five games of a playoff spot starting Friday.
1) Yankees: Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman
General Manager Brian Cashman set up a deep farm system to become able to do business like this. If Luis Severino does not come back and proves that he is one hundred percent, Stroman will be the starter of Game 1 of the Yankees in the postseason.
2) Dodgers: Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez
This would be a huge step to winning the world series. Friedman was careful when soliciting potential customers, and this will force him out of his comfort zone. But with Vazquez, 28, who signed up to 2021 with sensible club options for 2022 and 2023, it's worth it.
3) Astros: Rockies LHP Jake McGee
The dominant left-handed specialist in the Astros, he urgently needs a ballpoint pen that is very deep and very good. McGee has not given up a homerun for a left-hander this season.
4) Twins: Mets RHP Edwin Diaz
He was not the almost unwavering helper, he was the last two seasons in Seattle, but secondary numbers indicate that he is still in is able to reach a top 10 position. And even after the acquisition of Sergio Romo on Saturday you can never feel enough relief.
5) Indians: Reds OF Yasiel Puig
The Indians will be without a single one impressive opponent after the season's addition. Puig would add a dangerous offensive presence. He would also be worth a couple of laughs, which is not a bad thing to break the tension in October.
6) Braves: Tigers RHP Shane Greene
The Braves are like a bunch Other teams are pursuing more than a bullpen arm and maybe a starter as well. Here is a good start.
7) A & # 39; s: Mariner's RHP Mike Leake
He can give the A's the innings they need for their rotation, and relieve the bullpen somewhat.
8) Rays: Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
He could benefit from the flood of information the Rays provide to the pitchers, and as much as Tampa Bay needs bullpen assistance, Blake Snell's rotation is the highest Priority elbow surgery.
9) Red Sox: Mariner's RHP
This is difficult because the Red Sox do not have a deep farming system and probably have to go for an arm that gives depth.
10) Nationals: Padres RHP Kirby Yates
The Nationals will have to overpay to a large extent until 2020, since Yates is under the control of the team, but the prize will be worth a team that seems to be able to win the World Series.
11) Cubs: Orioles 2B Hanser Alberto
The Cubs are being tested to have plenty of prospects for a depleted farm system to persuade the O's to make that deal. Given Alberto's ability to play multiple positions, Cubs manager Joe Maddon would love the flexibility of the lineup.
12) Cardinals: Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
The Mets want multiple perspectives and the only ones here is whether the Cardinals have enough high caliber up and coming talents to accomplish this, especially on pitching -Page.
13) Phillies: Tigers OF Nicholas Castellanos
The Phillies are still in possession of a postseason mooring despite all the issues of the past month. Castellanos may only be a three-month rental, but this is an important period of three months for the franchise, and it could take a blow to the outside with Andrew McCutchen for the year and Jay Bruce at the IL.
14) Brewers: Rangers LHP Mike Minor
A trade can not fix everything that is wrong with Milwaukee's pitching staff, but this would be a big step in the right direction.
15) Angels: Reds RHP Tanner Roark
He would assist the rotation immediately, and since he is a freelance agent after the season, acquiring him would not require a package of prospects ,
16) D-Backs: Blue Jays RHP Ken Giles
Arizona has the best running differential of all NL teams currently looking outward and is too close to a playoff mooring to to achieve a real sell-out. The Bullpen could use a different arm, and Giles has another year of club control and would not be a rigorous rental.
Giants need nothing when third baseman Evan Longoria returns. Martin would make an excellent bullpen even better.
Richard Justice has been a reporter at MLB.com since 2011. Listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice .