1) RIch Hill – Oakland A’s
I reviewed a possible Rich Hill trade a little over a week ago after both Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon went on the disabled list due to their collision in Chicago. I considered him a prime target then, and nothing has changed since that report.
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Rich Hill is probably the player that would help the KC Royals more than anyone else available at the trade deadline.
Hill is 37-years-old, but has changed from a sidearm to an over the top motion. Suddenly, Rich Hill is missing bats like never before and has become a dominant starter. Though he’s day-to-day with a strained groin, he’s the best arm available at the trading deadline with an 8-3, 2.25 ERA and 10.4 K/9.
That’s an ace, boys and girls. The best part is that Hill is signed to a one-year, $6 million deal and his journeyman track record will knock down his price. When you look at the bang for the buck, he’s the best fit for the Kansas City Royals needs this season.
There are, of course, other possible trade targets. Julio Teheran is likely available since the Braves said only Freddie Freeman is untouchable. Teheran’s price would be prohibitive since he’s 25-years-old and is signed to a team friendly deal that expires before the 2020 season. Andrew Cashner of the Padres should be on the trading block, but he hasn’t been effective since 2014. Oakland’s Sonny Gray is also rumored to be in play, but he’s going to cost at 26-years-old and only arbitration eligible beginning next season.