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Cole Hamels Goes to the Philadelphia Phillies

Sure, Cole Hamels to the Philadelphia Phillies is a little on the nose. Yet, it also makes perfect sense.

Following a rough 2017, the 34-year-old left-hander is back on track with a 3.74 ERA through 11 starts for the Texas Rangers. But since he’s in the final guaranteed year of his contract and they’re going nowhere, he fits better on the trade market than he does in the Rangers’ rotation.nfl jersey sales

The catch has to do with money. Hamels is making $22.5 million this year, and he has at least another $6 million due his way this offseason. This limits his scope of suitors by default. The luxury-tax concerns of teams like the Cubs, Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers may further limit it.

The Phillies are a different story.best cheap nfl jerseys

They opened 2018 with just a $95.3 million payroll. That puts them hilariously short of their full spending power, which means their financial muscle is the best thing they’ll have going for them on the summer trade market.

Hamels is the ideal player for whom to flex that muscle. He’d fit well alongside Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta, and the Phillies obviously know firsthand that he can handle himself in a pennant race.

The Kansas City Royals haven’t made any impact trades yet, but Jon Heyman of the FRS Network reported that they’re “‘quietly’ letting other teams know they expect to have a ‘for sale’ sign up soon.”

Although the Royals have a little something for everyone, their most popular trade chip is sure to be Kelvin Herrera. Good relievers are always in high demand at the trade deadline. And between his track record and his 0.83 ERA through cheap jerseys nflĀ  22 appearances this season, he qualifies as a damn good one.

To boot, Herrera is a rental. His acquisition cost will be high but not high enough to ward off swaths of contenders.

To list just a few, Herrera makes sense for the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays. But he probably makes the most sense for the Astros.

Overall, Houston’s bullpen is doing just fine with a 3.02 ERA and an MLB-best 4.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. No thanks to Ken Giles’ struggles, however, ninth innings have been on the adventurous side.nfl jerseys for women

Were a trade for Herrera to fix that, the Astros would have all the puzzle pieces for a second straight World Series title.

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J.T. Realmuto Goes to the Boston Red Sox

The Miami Marlins could have honored J.T. Realmuto’s request to be traded as part of their massive offseason fire sale. Instead, they now stand to collect a big reward for holding off.

The 27-year-old is fully realizing his potential by way of 1.8 wins above replacement to lead all catchers, according to Baseball Reference. Throw in how he’s under club control through 2020, and he’s a hugely valuable trade chip.jerseys nfl cheap

The perfect suitor for Realmuto is a contender with a dire need at catcher and a front office shot-caller who’s willing to be bold.

So, pretty much Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox.

There haven’t been any solid rumors linking Realmuto to Boston, but the state of its catching corps could change that in a hurry. Through their combination of nonexistent offense and good-not-great defense, Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez have combined for minus-0.9 WAR.nfl jersey nike

The Red Sox lead MLB with a 39-17 record, so this weakness obviously isn’t holding them back now. But they must worry about ultimately matching up with the New York Yankees’ bats and the Houston Astros’ arms.

That’s a perfect excuse for Dombrowski to add to his history of blockbuster trades.

Things were looking iffy for a while, but Chris Archer’s trade value is coming back around.nfl nike jerseys china

The hard-throwing righty struggled with a 7.84 ERA through his first four starts of 2018. But in eight starts since, he’s posted a 2.84 ERA while collecting over three times as many strikeouts (46) as walks (15) and allowing only five home runs.cheap nfl jerseys for sale

The Tampa Bay Rays control Archer through 2021 at reasonable rates, so they don’t have to trade him. But if their recent trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners is any indication, they’re already open for business for the summer.

Archer, 29, has a wide range of appeal, but it’s a safe guess that he’ll end up with the team that needs him the most and has enough young talent for a deal: the Milwaukee Brewers.

A hot stretch has shot the Brewers to the top of the National League at 36-21. Yet it’s hard to be enthusiastic about their starting rotation, which boasts a 4.21 ERA and a low strikeout rate.