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The MLB trade deadline is approaching and these are the top ten players both in talent and availability. Here are the MLB Power Rankings:
Mid-July means turning our attention directly on the MLB trade deadline. It’s a holiday celebrated every summer by the teams in contention. It can be a horror show for the clubs whose reality puts them in a position to sell.
This year’s MLB trade deadline will take place on Tuesday, August 2, giving clubs a full weekend and a few extra hours into the early part of the week to strike a deal. The frenzy should be interesting considering there are three wild card spots. Will some teams cling to false hope?
MLB Power Rankings: Best players available
Judging the players on a mix of talent, availability, and how many suitors they could have, these are the top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates we should see on the move in the next couple of weeks.
10) MLB trade deadline candidate: Trey Mancini
Trey Mancini is getting traded not because the Baltimore Orioles don’t like him but because he probably won’t be back next year. A mutual option for $10 million could keep him in Baltimore for the 2023 season. It would make sense for both sides to shake hands and say their farewells even if the O’s feel like they have gotten a little closer to relevancy.
Mancini gets the number ten spot on this list because of his likely departure and a need out there for a right-handed hitter with some pop. This year, Mancini is hitting for a good average and also reaching base. He’d be a nice fit for several clubs looking for a first baseman or corner outfielder. Most of all, Mancini might give a team like the New York Mets a nice boost at the DH spot.
9) MLB trade deadline candidate: Noah Syndergaard
Consider Noah Syndergaard a growing trade candidate whose buzz will only grow in the coming days. The Los Angeles Angels are too far out of the playoff race and don’t have a deep enough roster to steer the ship in the right direction. Their losing streak earlier this season put a big damper on any hopes of going very far.
Signed to just a one-year deal, Noah Syndergaard has been good enough to be a contender’s fourth or fifth starter. He has pitched in big games before. He has performed in a major market. Teams that miss out on some of the more controllable options should consider him. Could we maybe even see him end up back in the National League East for the Atlanta Braves or Philadelphia Phillies or even back with the Toronto Blue Jays where he was drafted?