Editor's note: Here one of our readers put together a list of 16 trades, some of which make sense, others which are a bit wild -- but they're certainly worth a look to get your mind jogging about the possible trades we'll see before the MLB trade deadline. Have fun with it. Want do write up your own crazy trade proposal for our Who Says No? Fan Post contest? Write a fan post!
Trade 1: Cardinals trade for Prince Fielder
- 1B Prince Fielder
- P Ian McKinney
- SS Aledmys Diaz
The Cardinals have nothing at first base for now or the future. Matt Adams isn’t an ideal first base option and Mark Reynolds is a rental. Meanwhile, the Rangers need to begin clearing some salary. Detroit is already paying Fielder an average of $6,000,000 a year from 2016-2020, and the Rangers would pay $4,000,000. Therefore, the Cardinals would only have to pay $14,000,000 annually for him. Diaz also offsets some of the salary as well. McKinney represents a high ceiling prospect who isn’t close to the majors.
Roster Casualty- INF Pete Kozma designated for assignment
Trade 2: Phillies deal Frenchy for Caminero and Aquino
- OF Jose Tabata
- SP Jayson Aquino (2016)
- RP Arquimedes Caminero
- OF Jeff Francoeur
Think of the trade like this: Phillies get Arquimedes Caminero and Jayson Aquino in exchange for Jeff Francoeur and taking on Tabata’s salary. Caminero is a fire baller reliever who would fit in perfectly with the Phillies’ bullpen and Jayson Aquino is a low-risk starting pitcher in Class A Advanced pitching rather well. Not only does this move help the Pirates upgrade their bench and allow the Phillies to get something for Frenchy, but it also helps the Phillies bolster their anemic outfield and their mediocre bullpen.
Roster Casualties: Domonic Brown and Jordan Danks Designated for assignment; Elvis Araujo optioned to AAA Lehigh.
Trade 3: Angels get Uptons for Shoemaker and Joyce
- OF Justin Upton
- OF BJ Upton
- SP Matt Shoemaker
- OF Matt Joyce
- PTBNL (2018)
Yes, the Padres are sacrificing their top trade chip to dump BJ’s salary which is guaranteed for 2 more seasons after 2015 and taking on Joyce’s salary for the remainder of the season, but I guess that’s the price you have to pay for going all in. Shoemaker has struggled, however, the Padres figure to need rotation depth after impending trades of Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy are completed. Joyce fills a temporary hole in the outfield until the season ends and the PTBNL will be a prospect ranked 20-25 in the organization, probably one who is a high ceiling, low floor type/
Trade 4: Mariners and Phillies make a swap
- C Carlos Ruiz
- RP Jeanmar Gomez
- SP Edwin Diaz (2017)
- OF Justin Ruggiano
Diaz is about the #6 prospect in the system for Seattle. The Mariners however are able to fill holes, not only at catcher, but in the bullpen. Due to the fact that Chooch is under contract for next season, it will give them ample time to further develop Zunino. Ruggiano is just to relieve some of the salary.
Roster Casualties: Zunino optioned, Danny Farquhar Designated
Trade 5: Rangers trade for Lind
- 1B Adam Lind
- INF Hanser Alberto
This move is a hole-filler. The Brewers don’t have much at second base, while Hanser has been playing great baseball recently in Texas/Round Rock. Lind fills a temporary hole in Texas at first base so that they can compete for the remainder of the season.
Trade 6: Mets trade pitching for Andrus
- SS Elvis Andrus
- SP Jon Niese
- SP Dillon Gee
This is another hole filler. Niese adds rotation depth and Andrus gives the Mets a shortstop. Gee acts as salary offset.
Trade 7: Twins land Wandy for Santana
- SP Wandy Rodriguez
- SP Danny Santana
Yes, I know Santana has been awful this season, however, he has shown what he can do and a change of scenery could be good for him. Wandy solidifies the back of the Twins rotation behind Santana, Pelfry, Gibson and Milone. Hughes has been rough this season and whether you put him on the DL with a ghost injury or use Wandy in the long-man slot, This deal works out for both sides.
Trade 8: Orioles land CarGo for prospects
- OF Carlos Gomez
- SP Zach Davies (2016)
- OF Josh Hart (2018)
- OF David Lough
Here, the Brewers get 2 top prospects, and a replacement outfielder in exchange for Gomez. Davies ranks 6th in Baltimore’s system and Hart is 8th. This helps the Orioles stay competitive this season without losing a top 5 prospect.
Trade 9: Royals upgrade rotation with Leake and part with prospects
- SP Mike Leake
- SP Seth Manea (2017)
- SP Aaron Brooks
The Reds get a few nice pieces for Leake, and the Royals add a very nice starting pitcher without emptying their pockets.
Roster Casualty- Jeremy Guthrie
Trade 10: Giants and Phillies swap pieces
- OF Ben Revere
- SP Clayton Blackburn (2016)
This is another one for one swap. The Giants add a very solid outfield piece to replace Nori and the Phillies get another solid pitching prospect.
Roster Casualty- OF Juan Perez
Trade 11: Nationals trade pitching to make a run
- 2B Ben Zobrist
- SP Scott Kazmir
- SP Tanner Roark
- SP Joe Ross
- C Jackson Reetz (2019)
- SP Connor Bach (2018)
This is a huge move. We’ve known Billy Beane to make moves like this, and Washington knows that they need to win big this season due to the departure of Fister, Zimmerman and Desmond. I think this move solidifies their hope to win big this season and as for Oakland, they add even more rotation depth and 2 far off, but intriguing prospects.
Trade 12: Blue Jays land Cueto and go all-in
Blue Jays Acquire:
- SP Johnny Cueto
- OF Jay Bruce
- C Max Pentecost (2017)
- SS Richard Urena (2018)
- RP/SP Miguel Castro
- INF Ryan Goins
The Jays are all in this season. They have Donaldson, Joey Bats, Encarnacion, Martin, Travis and so on and so forth. They want nothing more than to compete and if it costs them 3 premier prospects then so be it. As for Cincy, they are able to get a very nice haul for the franchise ace and Bruce. Due to these moves by Cincy, the rebuilding process, will be quick and painless.
Trade 13: Blue Jays will still need a closer
Blue Jays Acquire
- RP Francisco Rodriguez
- SP Alberto Tirado (2018)
After giving up all of those prospects, Papelbon was a tad out of reach for them, however, K-Rod was still right there for the taking. Milwaukee makes out nicely here as well.
Trade 14: Detroit grabs Paps for a Wild Card run
- Jonathan Papelbon
- OF Wynton Bernard (2016)
Detroit still thinks they can compete as shown by the Neftali signing as well as last offseason’s moves. They have struggled in the bullpen, therefore adding Papelbon helps tremendously. While this might not take them over KC, it can certainly propel them to a wild card slot. As for Philly, they land an under the radar piece for Pap. As a 24 year old in AA, he can be up soon.
Trade 15: Dodgers land Shark
- SP Jeff Samardzija
White Sox Acquire
- SP Jharel Cotton (2017)
- OF Zach Bird (2017)
It’s a pretty straight forward swap for the two teams. The Dodgers add another nice starter while the White Sox add two decent prospects. There’s nothing much else to say about this trade.
Trade 16: Astros get Hamels, give up haul
- SP Cole Hamels
- 3B Cody Asche
- OF Domingo Santana
- RP Jandel Gustave (2017)
- SP Lance McCullers
- C Tyler Heineman
Phillies fill their last outfield hole as well as catcher and add 2 premium pitching prospects in exchange for the staff ace and Asche, who doesn’t seem to have a place on this Phillies team. Their starting rotation now consists of Nola, McCullers, Buchanan, Severino and Williams/Billingsley