Bernie on the Scene: American League Trade Chips

Bernie on the Scene: American League Trade Chips

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.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

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

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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