Here are some ideas I have based on what is being talked about right now around the Hot Stove. This week I will focus on a a bat who has all the potential in the world but has not found his stroke this year also lacking a true position and on a National League team. For the second, a starting pitcher who has been featured on this column before. New rumors have surfaced for a different landing spot for him.
Here are some trade proposals will be based off of rumors and speculation around the league in that given week and are not locks to happen nor have they necessarily been discussed imminently or at all.
Kyle Schwarber to New York Yankees
Chicago Cubs receive: RHP Chance Adams, RHP Albert Abreu
New York Yankees receive: OF/C Kyle Schwarber
This move has Brian Cashman written all over it. It was brought up by MLB Insiders Buster Olney and Keith Law.
The Yankees and Cubs struck a deal last summer that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for highly touted shortstop Gleyber Torres. However Torres was not the initial guy the Yankees wanted. That guy was Kyle Schwarber.
The Cubs held off on that deal until they eventually agreed to terms on the deal they finalized. However now the Cubs may be wishing they had done the original deal as Kyle Schwarber has yet to figure it out this season. Schwarber is sitting way below the Mendoza line at .172 with 12 home runs and 28 runs batted in. The only decent stat is the home runs and even 12 is way below what you’d expect from a guy like Schwarber.
Perhaps he needs a change of scenery and the ability to be out in a consistent DH or 1B role, positions that are more suitable for his body type and bad knees. On the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo will not be moved from 1B and they don’t have the ability to DH Schwarber as they are in the National League.
However the Yankees may have a spot for him. Matt Holliday is holding down the DH spot and he’s performing well but the 1B position may be up for grabs. Chris Carter has been getting all the at-bats at 1B and has not impressed and Greg Bird was supposed to be the answer at the position however has not been able to stay on the field.
Although acquiring Schwarber won’t come at the same premium as it would have last season, the Yankees will still have to give up valuable pieces. The deal starts with RHP Chance Adams, a Triple-A starter who seems ready to make the jump to the majors. He is boasting a 4-2 record with a 2.43 ERA and 44 k’s in 40.2 innings. Adams could step in and pitch if the Cubs lose Arrieta this offseason.
Next, Albert Abreu who is currently ranked the Yankees 10th-best prospect. Abreu is only 21 years old with an electric arm that consistently hits 99 mph. Abreu has potential to become a frontline starter but has shown glimpses of becoming a lights out reliever that could be on the fast track.
The Yankees should acquire Schwarber and start him at 1B for the remainder of the season and shift him to DH when Holliday’s contract runs out after this season. His left-handed power would play at Yankee stadium and a 2-5 of Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Schwarber and Bird would be feared for years to come.
Sonny Gray to Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics receive: RHP Francis Martes, OF Teoscar Hernandez
Houston Astros receive: RHP Sonny Gray
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the A’s and Astros have “mutual interest” in striking a deal centered around Sonny Gray. If Gray is going to be traded by the Oakland Athletics, their strongest suitor could potentially be the Houston Astros and their loaded farm system.
“The A’s are following the Astros’ system closely,” Cafardo wrote. “There’s mutual interest in getting something done for Gray as injuries have beset the Astros’ pitching staff and they need reinforcements both in the rotation and the bullpen if they are to continue their great start.”
The Astros’ 46-23 record is the best record in the big leagues entering play on Sunday. However, their roster is nowhere near perfect. Their starting rotation has become a black hole of injuries. Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh are all currently on the disabled list.
This is where Sonny Gray could come into play along with his very cheap contract through 2019. He has been unfortunately injured several times over the years but remains a solid option towards the top of the rotation. Gray has been throwing harder as of late and would be a good guy to pair with Keuchel once he returns from the disabled list.
The Astros can dip into their farm system and start with their top prospect Francis Martes. Martes boasts a strong fastball with an above average curveball at the young age of 21. Ranked 15th in all of baseball, he has frontline potential. Next, Teoscar Hernandez would be a smart guy to target for Oakland as he could be a keystone in the outfield for years. Hernandez has been dubbed by scouts as a player with the ability to become a 20-20 guy with his power and speed.
The Astros have a window that they need to take advantage of right now because the ability to win a World Series doesn’t come around always. However, they have it now and they must strike while their players are young and controllable.