The MLB trade deadline
The Yanks bolstered their pitching staff by adding arms Zach Britton from Baltimore and J.A. Happ from Toronto but are reportedly looking for more help. As for the Dodgers, they added the best player of all available on the market in All-Star Manny Machado but have the firepower to make more deals.
Are the two teams set for an inevitable duel in hopes to add another top name to its roster?
Both franchises may have to get in line as the San Diego Padres
Sources: Rays and Padres continue to discuss Chris Archer, and one source says they've made progress. TB has shown a greater willingness than in past to deal him, teams say, but the price remains high, and SD is balking for now. As @jcrasnick said, other teams involved, too.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2018
Archer may not have the best career wins-losses record in his seven years as a pro, but at 29-years-old with veteran experience, a career 3.69 ERA, and the fact that he is under team control until 2021, he has all the intriguing qualities of a must-buy candidate.
For anyone willing to make the investment, though, they will certainly have to pony up to the high price tag.
The #Rays trade talks on Chris Archer are "intensifying'' as the deadline nears, sources say. Still hard to handicap if anyone will ante up with the return Tampa Bay wants. It's a No. 1 starter type of price tag, and he's under team control through 2021. Multiple teams involved.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 28, 2018
Prospects, prospects, prospects!
It's all going to come down to which team has the most to offer or who is willing to part with a young, promising starter. The clock is ticking.