Veteran pitchers may find new homes as baseball trade deadline nears


By Rob Maaddi - AP Sports Writer



Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey could find himself headed to another team after going 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts. (AP Photo)

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey could find himself headed to another team after going 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts. (AP Photo)


From aces to closers, pitchers will be on the move this month.

Teams trying to make a push for the postseason are always looking to add new arms. There are some big names available on the trade market who can make a difference in the starting rotation or bullpen.

Here are 10 pitchers — five starters and five relievers — who could be changing uniforms before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

Cole Hamels: The MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS has been through this before, going from the Phillies to the Rangers in July 2015. Hamels has a career-worst 4.36 ERA and he’s already allowed 21 homers, but he’s a proven lefty who could benefit from pitching away from a hitter-friendly ballpark. Hamels has a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts on the road. Texas may have to eat some of his salary, however. His contract includes a team option for $20 million next year or a $6 million buyout. Hamels also has a no-trade clause for 20 teams.

J.A. Happ: Another former Phillies lefty, Happ is in the final season of his contract with Toronto. He had three rough starts leading to his first All-Star appearance but has been a consistent starter in baseball’s toughest division for a few years. Happ is 10-6 with a 4.29 ERA and is averaging more than one strikeout per inning for the first time in his career in a season in which he’s pitched at least 100 innings.

Matt Harvey: After rejuvenating his career in Cincinnati following his release from the Mets earlier this season, Harvey could find himself back in a pennant race. The righty is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts.

Jordan Zimmermann: He’s 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 12 starts after an atrocious 2017 season. Zimmermann has the highest strikeout percentage of his career (23.6 percent) but he’s owed $50 million over the next two seasons, so the Detroit Tigers might have to pay some of his salary to deal him.

Nathan Eovaldi: Back on the mound after missing 2017 following Tommy John surgery, Eovaldi is 3-4 with a 4.59 ERA in nine starts for the Rays. The righty was roughed up in his final start before the All-Star break but pitched well in his previous three starts. He is only making $2 million this season, so he’s a cheap option for budget-conscious teams.

Zach Britton: The hard-throwing lefty had 120 saves between 2014-16 before injury cut his season short in 2017. He’s back healthy and hasn’t allowed a run in 13 of his 15 appearances. Britton is making $12 million this season, and the Baltimore Orioles will have plenty of suitors.

Brad Hand: A two-time All-Star, Hand is signed through 2020 with a team option for 2021 and will be one of the most pursued relievers. He has 24 saves with 65 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings, and the San Diego Padres will be asking for a lot in return.

Raisel Iglesias: The Reds have no urgency to move a 28-year-old closer who won’t become a free agent until 2022, but Iglesias can net solid prospects in a trade. He has 19 saves and a 2.36 ERA.

Joakim Soria: After returning to closing, Soria is having his best season since 2015 in his first year with the White Sox. He has 14 saves and a 2.75 ERA for a team that should be a seller.

Kyle Barraclough: He has a 1.28 ERA and nine saves for Miami in 44 appearances and is under team control for multiple years, so the Marlins will get plenty of calls for the tough righty.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey could find himself headed to another team after going 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts. (AP Photo)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_harveyonline.jpgCincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey could find himself headed to another team after going 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts. (AP Photo)

By Rob Maaddi

AP Sports Writer

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