As we creep closer to the MLB Trade Deadline talks around the sport have been quiet as around 80% of teams are in contention for a playoff spot. However, here are a few MLBbros flying under the radar that could be moved and make an impact in the postseason race.
1. Michael A. Taylor
Michael A. Taylor made one of this season’s top plays when he robbed a home run against the Cardinals back in May.
That was the beginning of his campaign to earn the first Gold Glove award of his career, and he has continued to build on that with four outfield assists and a 0.9 defensive WAR which ranks fourth among American League center fielders.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers are two teams that should be in on Taylor.
Taylor, who is batting .271 with 23 RBI and five home runs, fills a major whole for a Phillies team that has gone years without having a solid outfield backing up an always suspect bullpen.
They signed two home run hitting sluggers over the offseason, which helps them get off fireworks but not so much when it comes to plays needing to be made with the game on the line in a tough National East division where every game will matter at the end.
The Texas Rangers, who are 4-16 in one run games entering Thursday are another team that could use Michael Taylor on both defense and for his right-handed bat.
After bringing in a half a billion-dollar infield including 2021 MLBbro.com Player of the Year Marcus Semien, they told the baseball world they are ready to make the push towards being contenders.
Taylor knows what it takes to get the job during “Money Time” in the fall. He won the 2019 World Series with the Washington Nationals and hit a home run in his first ever World Series at-bat. Having Taylor covering ground in Arlington would instantly make the Rangers one of the best defensive outfield groups, especially when it comes to throwing the baseball in the Majors.
2. Jo Adell
The relationship between Jo Adell and the Angels needs to end so Adell can become his best self.
Jo Adell making gold glove plays like usual 🔥
— Jo Adell 🤠 (@JoShowAdell) June 29, 2022
Before the season the organization made it known they wanted to see Jo Adell get a full year of time in the Majors, but that hasn’t been the case with him already being sent to Triple-A twice, including the last time on June 11th when he was 6-for-12 with two doubles, two walks and two runs driven in the four games before his demotion.
He has since been on fire while in Salt Lake, including hitting a homer on the Fourth of July to cap off a strong weekend at the plate.
The Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants should each make a push for Adell.
The Angels are seven games out of the final Wild Card spot so it is not clear whether they will be buyers or sellers. If they do not see a future with Adell, they could try to sell him off while playing some of his best baseball in order to get his greatest value.
The O’s are one of the most fun young teams in baseball and even with their newly raised left field wall I think the situation could bring a spark to Adell while in a lineup where the rest of the guys are still wanting to find themselves.
Both the Mariners and Giants have underperformed this season particularly in their outfields and from the right side of the plate. The Giants, who have found success using the platoon system the past few seasons, would be a perfect fit.
3. Mycal Givens
Bullpens are where baseball games are ultimately won and lost so whenever a solid reliever is on the market, EVERY team in the Majors should make a call.
Today in the Two Hole: Chicago Cubs Bullpen Is Boosted By Arrival Of #MLBbro Mychal Givens @charlesnyonga discusses the immediate impact of reliever @MychalGivens on the @cubs’ bullpen, which was beyond suspect last season. #ItsDifferentHere pic.twitter.com/kFyRJ36YHy
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 27, 2022
Mycal Givens of the Chicago Cubs has not given up a run in his last seven games. Over that span he has 10 strikeouts in nine innings and only issued two walks.
His record on the season sits at an unblemished 4-0 with a 3.34 ERA. The fact that this MLBbro’s Cubs are 10 games behind in the National Central and looking to rebuild is no fault of this rising star. Givens could find himself pitching in crucial innings come September and July.