Who's on the move at the MLB trade deadline
The GIST: Move aside, “Dating Sunday” — one of the hottest times to make an MLB match is just before the trade deadline, aka tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET. Here’s who’s already off the market, plus the teams still trying to swipe right.
Who’s off the market: The biggest storyline from this deadline could be the moves that teams didn’t make. Two examples? The LA Angels announcing last week that they wouldn’t be dealing superstar Shohei Ohtani, and the Chicago Cubs pulling former National League MVP Cody Bellinger off the market as both squads look to push for the playoffs.
Who’s on the move: Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer’s plans to have a DTR chat with NY Mets ownership resulted in the veteran pitcher being dealt to the World Series–contending Texas Rangers on Saturday. And that wasn’t the only big move in Texas — the Rangers also added hurler Jordan Montgomery from the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday.
- As for other arms, the Toronto Blue Jays joined the trade frenzy, nabbing flamethrowing relief pitcher Jordan Hicks from the Cards. Caliente.
Who’s still available: Yes, Justin Verlander is taken by Kate Upton, but the reigning Cy Young winner (and NY Met, for now) is considered to be available at the deadline. Among his suitors? The Houston Astros, the team Verlander won two World Series with (including last year’s), but who let him leave in free agency during the offseason. Time will tell if they rekindle the flame.