We're less than three weeks from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and with rumors flying faster than a Jordan Hicks heater, the baseball world is eagerly waiting for the first big domino to fall.
That domino could very well be Orioles superstar Manny Machado, who has been red hot at the plate as his name dominates the headlines. But Machado is far from the only trade candidate whose stock is on the rise.
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Here's a look at some players who have boosted their value this month:
Machado's subpar June led some to speculate that the constant trade chatter was having an impact on him. So much for that. The Orioles' third baseman hit .359/.444/.718 with three home runs in his first 11 games in July, showing potential buyers the type of impact he can have on a lineup.
Potential fits: Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
CarGo has seen his OPS rise each month this season, going from .709 in April to .728 in May and .812 in June. July has been even more productive; he posted a 1.000 OPS in his first eight games with nine RBIs, only two shy of his monthly high this season. The Rockies are only a few games out of a playoff spot, though, so they'll likely wait until July 31 draws closer before making any buy-or-sell decisions.
Potential fits: Indians, Cubs
James Dozier, Twins
Dozier had a pair of underwhelming months in May and June, posting a .669 OPS with seven home runs. Through his first 11 games in July, the Twins' second baseman posted a 1.061 OPS with four homers and 11 RBIs, matching his monthly highs in both categories with more than half a month to go. Minnesota is in sell mode, and with Dozier owed a little more than $4 million for the rest of the season, he makes sense for contenders looking for middle infield help.
Potential fits: Indians, Dodgers
Wilson Ramos, Rays
The American League's starting All-Star catcher, Ramos has bounced back from a down June (.718 OPS) with a strong start to July (.998 OPS) amidst a bevy of trade rumors. He's owed about $5 million for the rest of 2018, but unlike other trade candidates at his position (J.T. Realmuto, Francisco Cervelli), he's headed for free agency at the end of the season.
Potential fits: Red Sox, Nationals
Nathan Eovaldi, Rays
Eovaldi has been a popular name on the rumor mill, especially after allowing two runs over 19 innings in his past three starts. He has given up 10 hits and walked three during that stretch, striking out 23. One talent evaluator said Eovaldi was "the best pitcher that will be traded this month." He's also a huge bargain, as he's owed less than $1 million this season before becoming a free agent.
Potential fits: Yankees, Nationals
Brad Ziegler, Marlins
Ziegler's early-season struggles are a distant memory, as the 38-year-old right-hander has been brilliant for more than a month. Since June 2, he has allowed one run over 21 innings (0.43 ERA) during a 20-appearance stretch including four scoreless innings in the past week. Ziegler has allowed only four out of 16 inherited runners to score during that time. Durability is not an issue despite his age, either; his 45 appearances this season lead the National League. The only issue? Ziegler is owed about $4 million through the end of the year as he finishes out his two-year, $16 million contract.
Potential fits: Red Sox, Dodgers
Lance Lynn, Twins
Lynn seemed to reestablish himself as a strong trade chip with a month-long run during which he posted a 1.73 ERA in six starts from May 22-June 20. His next two outings were disastrous, as he gave up 11 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings for a ghastly 14.85 ERA. The 31-year-old right-hander has righted the ship in the past week, going 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA, albeit against the last-place Orioles and Royals. Lynn, a free agent at the end of the season, is owed a little more than $5 million for the remainder of 2018.
Potential fits: Brewers, D-backs
Bartolo Colon, Rangers
The 45-year-old has had a roller-coaster season, posting a 2.82 ERA in the first six weeks before blowing up to the tune of a 9.51 ERA over his next five starts. Colon has bounced back, however, pitching to a 3.94 ERA while averaging more than six innings per start during his past five outings, four of them quality starts. For a team looking for a back-end starter who can eat some innings, Colon can still get it done -- and he's owed less than $1 million this season.
Potential fits: Athletics, D-backs
Sergio Romo, Rays
After earning notoriety for being an "opener" for the Rays in late May and early June, Romo settled into a more traditional role: closer. He has successfully converted eight of nine save opportunities since June 19, posting a 0.66 ERA in the process. Romo is owed a little more than $1 million this season, and while the 35-year-old isn't at the same level as some of the other available relievers, he also shouldn't be as costly.
Potential fits: Giants, Braves
Derek Holland, Giants
Holland's overall numbers (5-8, 4.17 ERA) don't look like much, but the 31-year-old lefty has been quite good since the start of June. He has a 3.07 ERA in his past nine outings (seven starts), striking out seven or more batters five times during that stretch. Holland is owed less than $1 million for the rest of the year, making him a good bargain candidate.
Potential fits: Mariners, Dodgers