07/18 21:19 CDT Teams looking for hitters have options besides Manny Machado
Teams looking for hitters have options besides Manny Machado
By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer
Manny Machado will be wearing a new uniform when he plays his next game, and
other hitters will be on the move in the next couple weeks.
Even after Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, teams seeking to
boost their offense will have several options to land a big bat. The four-time
All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles was the most coveted player available on
the trade market.
There's only one Machado, but several guys can bolster a team's starting lineup
and make an impact down the stretch.
Here are eight hitters who may have new teams before the July 31 non-waiver
MIKE MOUSTAKAS: After smacking a career-best 38 homers for the Kansas City
Royals last year, the two-time All-Star third baseman didn't get a lucrative
deal in free agency and returned on a one-year deal for $6.5 million plus a
mutual option for 2019. He has 19 homers and 58 RBIs but is only batting .249
for the worst team in the majors.
SCOOTER GENNETT: The Cincinnati Reds aren't going anywhere and they'd be
selling high on their All-Star second baseman. Gennett, a waiver claim last
year, had a breakout season in 2017 when he swatted 27 homers and drove in 97
runs. He's batting .326 with 16 homers and 63 RBIs this season. Gennett is a
fan favorite in his hometown and can't become a free agent until 2020, so
prying him away from the Reds might be difficult.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA: The 32-year-old infielder is batting .281 with 17 homers and
52 RBIs for the hapless New York Mets. He's only played second base this season
but started at shortstop and third base last year. Cabrera is a switch hitter
who would give a team versatility and pop. He's also slated to become a free
agent after the season, so the Mets can't expect to get too much in return for
the two-time All-Star.
SHIN-SOO CHOO: A first-time All-Star, Choo has 18 homers and is on pace to hit
a career-best 30 for the last-place Texas Rangers. Choo is batting .291 with a
.405 on-base percentage, but the left-handed-hitting right fielder just turned
36 and is owed $42 million over the next two seasons.
EDUARDO ESCOBAR: The versatile infielder has a .271 average, 14 homers and 57
RBIs with 35 doubles for the Minnesota Twins. Escobar can play shortstop,
second base or third base, plus he's started in left field during his career.
He's making $4.85 million this season and will be a free agent in the fall.
WILSON RAMOS: An All-Star catcher for the second time in three years, Ramos is
batting .297 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays. But he injured
his hamstring and is heading to the disabled list, decreasing his trade value.
NICK CASTELLANOS: He's having another strong season for the Detroit Tigers
after hitting 26 homers and knocking in 101 runs last year. The 26-year-old
right fielder is batting .305 with 15 homers and 56 RBIs and is under team
control for another season.
JOSH DONALDSON: The 2015 AL MVP is struggling through an injury-riddled season
and has only played 36 games, but he averaged 35 homers and 100 RBIs between
2014-17 and is entering free agency after the season. The Toronto Blue Jays
should be eager to move Donaldson if another team is willing to gamble that
he'll be healthy enough to make a difference.
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