The MLB All-Star Game is less than a week away, and as we all know, the Midsummer Classic is proceeded by the unofficial start of trade season. With no more August waiver trades allowed, if teams want to add star players for the stretch run, they need to do so by the July 31 deadline. That should lead to some blockbuster trades over the next few weeks. Here are four stars you can expect to be with a different team by the end of the month.
Bumgarner is in the final year of his contract with a team that’s going nowhere, so it’s virtually a lock that he’ll be traded. The caveat is that he has submitted eight teams on his no-trade list, and all of them are contenders, so he’d prefer not to be traded. However, a team like the Twins or any number of potential Wild Card contenders could trade for him. He’s not the pitcher he once was, but he’s still a solid no. 2 or no. 3 starter, and given his playoff experience, any team would love to have him.
The 28-year-old Stroman is under team control for one more year, so he’d be more of a rental piece. Also, he’s having one of the best seasons of his career and the Blue Jays probably won’t compete next season either, so they’ll be shopping him in the lead up to the deadline. Given his 3.18 ERA this season, it’s safe to say he’d be an asset to any rotation he joins.
Barring a dramatic turnaround in the next couple of weeks, the Mets are bound to be sellers in late July. Frazier, meanwhile, is having a good season with an OPS around .800 and should be a wanted commodity. He’s still a quality defensive third baseman and could play first base if needed as well, so there are surely a couple of contenders who could use him. The Mets could easily plug in J.D. Davis or Jeff McNeil at the hot corner, so there’s no reason not to trade him if they’re out of contention.
The Tigers are dead and buried in 2019, and with Castellanos set to be a free agent this winter, he’s a safe bet to be traded. The 27-year-old is having another great season and is very much in the prime of his career. He also doesn’t expect to receive an extension from the Tigers. He may be a rental player, but he’ll make an impact for whatever team is smart enough to trade for him.