This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
August 31 is the trade deadline for the 2020 baseball season.
Today and next Monday I will share some of my ideas about trade chips each team has to offer.
While we don't know how active MLB teams will be, I believe there are plenty of general managers who want to put their chips in the pot.
Today I highlight the American League. Next week, on trade deadline day, I will highlight the National League.
Potential "rental" free agents may be very popular in this short season. That's why I have listed all the main potential free agents that could be on the move for the price of their remaining 2020 contract-an attractive option for teams seeking help.
The team is showing signs of life. Anthony Santander is having a robust campaign. The Orioles have solid players in Rio Ruiz, Renato Nunez and Hanser Alberto. Catcher Pedro Severino, obtained on waivers from Washington, is having a fine season
Pitching remains the problem. If they want to improve, they have to fortify a very mediocre pitching staff.
Needs: Starting pitching. Relievers
Chips: One catcher from among Chance Sisco or Bryan Holaday. Mychal Givens, a former closer. Trey Mancini, on the injured list after a serious bout with colon cancer. Potential free-agent Jose Iglesias, who is proving to be a solid offensive shortstop (currently with a strained quad), and Richie Martin, an unused utility shortstop
Note: At age 31, Iglesias is a highly