That was a light schedule for Monday's game, although the Nationals had a big win over the Braves, with Anthony Randon's grand slam in the sixth inning against Chad Sobotka breaking 2-2. Bo Bichette of the Blue Jays brought the first hit of his career in the first your match. We had two more grants – from Jose Iglesias to the Reds and Colin Moran from the Pirates – to give us nine grants in the last three days. The Metts traded Jason Vargas to the Phyllis, and John Gray delivered the gem to defeat the Dodgers in the Coors field.
Here is Bickett's hit, in his first bat:
The first of many 🔥
– Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 30, 2019
However, all conversations continue to be centered around 4:00 pm on Wednesday. ET Trading Deadline. With that in mind, here are the six teams that I would assume are most under pressure to make a significant final deal:
1. The Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are on their way to the seventh consecutive national league title West and so far have two losses in the divisional series, two losses in the championship series and two losses in the World Series, which should show for it. This may be their best team so far, and another trip to the World Series will not be enough to accommodate a hungry fan base. The Dodgers have not won the 1988 postseason final game – 12 trips to the playoffs.
Here's the latest info we hear, names to watch, reaction to deals and shopping lists for each team on July 31.
MLB Trading Deadline Scope
As good as they may be, their main vulnerability is the same as it was in October: the late-game buff and that's not even the cause of Kenley Jansen's problems over the last two World series (three burned savings and loss). When the Cubs were in that position in 2016, they overpaid to get Aroldis Chapman, giving up prized prospective Gleyber Torres. Will the Dodgers be ready to make a similar relief deal as the Pirates' Felipe? Vasquez is the most dominant facilitator potentially available and signed in 2023, so it will be worth the profit in the long run.
Will the Dodgers handle it? They will do something. In recent years, they've added Rich Hill, Yu Darwish and Brian Dozier to the deadline, but they didn't really have to part with any of their best prospects in any of those deals. The resurrection with his contract and years of scrutiny will cost more than these three players. The Dodgers must be ready to pay.
2. New York Yankees
It's been 10 years since the Yankees played in the World Series. They are currently running away with the American League East and not winning the 2012 division, which seems almost impossible given all their finances. Their current .638 winning percentage would be their best since 2002. All that would be nice: a division title, 100-something wins, a season of dreams, despite all the injuries.
But that won't be enough. The pressure is on general manager Brian Cashman to give the championship. As Sam Miller pointed out in his column on Monday, teams with a clear lead in the division race usually make the biggest deals in the deadline. I would expect the Yankees to do the same – to make a strong team even better. With Marcus Stroman now with the Met and the uncertainty over the trading status of Madison Boomgarner, Trevor Bauer and Noah Sindergaard (not that the Met will trade him for the Yankees), this may not necessarily be a starting point guard. Cashman could add a relief or two and build a super bump for the postseason.
Kurt Schilling (twice!), Corey Corriber and "What the hell were you trading for Jay Buchner?!?" We are experiencing again the summer blockbusters that went wrong that GMs would want to forget. David Schoenfield
3. Milwaukee Brewers
As the last year's trip to the National League Championship Series, the Brewers put all their chips on the table for 2019, the most the biggest salary in franchising history. They were able to climb the NL Central race, though they are seventh in the NL in running games and 13th in the allowed series of games. So there is plenty of room for improvement – and Jordan Liles, acquired Monday from Pittsburgh, is hardly a solution to their picking problems.
The violence on GM David Sterns is that the brewer's window may close suddenly after this season. This is not a young team – the lineup is actually the second oldest in the NL, behind the Giants, based on the weighted playing time of Baseball-Reference. Mike Mustakas and Yasmani Grandal have mutual opportunities for 2020, so they can opt out of contract and choose free agency after the season. Keston Hiura seems like a great addition with Christian Jellich, but the farming system is rated as one of the worst in the specialties. This could be now or never for brewers.
4. Atlanta Braves
The Brave are a good team, but as this Randy Grand demonstrates, the bullp still needs an extra or two:
ен RANDON IS NOT BLIND ANTHONY RANDON!
(You will probably want to turn on your sound for this one.)
– Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 30, 2019
The Brave are in a better long-term position than Milwaukee with their young hit nucleus and strong farming system, but that does not mean they should not be ready to improve their chances of winning in 2019 The Dodgers are not invincible.
Plus, while Mike Soroca had a great rookie season, the rest of the young start-ups produced mixed results: Max Fried started hot and slowed his pace; Sean Newcomb is already in the scourge; Touki Toussaint is up and down; and Kyle Wright has struggled in several of his starting leagues and was just OK in Triple-A. In other words, you do not know what the future will hold. If you have a chance to win, try to improve your chances. If Bumgarner can have it, the Braves have the prospect of trading for him and the Giants to bring Will Smith closer to a package deal.
5. Washington Nationals
I have a nation high on the list for two reasons: (1) With Monday's win, they reduced their deficit in the Eastern NL to just 4½ games behind the Bravo; and (2) they have a terribly obvious hole that they need to lock into the bulb. The Braves can be caught – assuming that Max Scherzer's upper back, which put him on the injured list, does not become a long-term thing – but it's hard to predict that team going deep into the playoffs with their current bullpen, and with a healthy Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg led the rotation, which has been dominating since late.
The added pressure on GM Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez is that they missed the playoffs last season. The Nationals, of course, have made the playoffs four times since 2012 and lost all four times in the divisional series. Rizzo has signed an extension that continues until 2020, and Martinez's contract also continues until 2020 (with club option 2021), but a second non-playoff season is likely to put both jobs at risk .
Speaking of windows, Indians are trying to balance the difficult task of franchising in a small market (which also weighs badly), trying to win now while maintaining a lengthy dispute window. They have won three straight division titles and are just two games behind the Twins. Helps the other three teams at AL Central stay in bad shape – not only for 2019, but probably for 2020. However, if Bauer is not traded now, he will be traded during the off-season and Francisco Lindor is under the control of the team only in 2021, so it also becomes a commercial feed down the road.
This means that this may be their best chance to beat their World Series drought – they haven't won everything since 1948 – and their last chance with this group of players who broke through in 2016. I'd save Bauer and look to add a bat or two – maybe Domingo Santana of the Marines or Yassel Puig of the Reds.