The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. which leaves teams looking to fortify their problem areas plenty of time to do some last-minute shopping. Here are the top five trade pieces on the market so far:
Cliff Lee, LHP, Phillies
Lee, 34, is displaying his typical excellent control during a typically excellent season. The All-Star is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 144.2 innings and has struck out 131 while walking just 22 (5.95 K/BB rate). He’s making $25 million this season and will earn another $50 million through the 2015 season. He has a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 with a $12.5 million buyout. The Phillies have been rumored to be requesting nearly complete salary relief in addition to multiple top-10 prospects.
Michael Young, 3B, Phillies
The Phillies called up top third base prospect Cody Asche Tuesday afternoon, which could signal the end of Young’s days manning the hot corner. Young is hitting .277 with a .342 on-base percentage and seven home runs, rebounding from a poor 2012 campaign. The versatile 36-year-old, who was traded to Philadelphia this offseason after spending the previous 13 seasons with Texas, has significant experience at third base, second base, first base and shortstop. His defense, however, has long been seen as subpar when using advanced stats. He’s earning $16 million this season, $10 million of which is being paid by the Rangers, and is eligible for free agency at the end of the year.
Jake Peavy, RHP, White Sox
Peavy, 32, has missed time with injury this season, but appears to be healthy and has proven credentials in either league considering he spent the first eight seasons of his career in San Diego. Peavy’s 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 80 innings this season, striking out 76 and walking 17. The three-time All-Star won the National League Cy Young Award in 2007 and may be better suited to the senior circuit at this point in his career. He earns $14.5 million this season and next and holds a $15 million player option for 2015.
Bud Norris, RHP, Astros
Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 126 innings for lowly Houston. The 28-year-old has struck out 90 and walked 43 and some observers feel he only has two quality pitches and may be better suited to a bullpen role. But Norris is earning just $3 million this season during his first year of arbitration eligibility and isn’t eligible for free agency until 2016.
Alex Rios, RF, White Sox
Rios, 32, may be the top outfield bat available so far, despite his .752 on-base plus slugging percentage. The two-time All-Star has 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases and is a solid defender. Rios makes $12.5 million during each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons and comes with a $13.5 million team option for 2015 ($1 million buyout).
Which teams do you think these players will be on come game time tomorrow?