In a League of Your Own: Best trade piece at the deadline (Based on OPS)

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As the Trade Deadline approaches, It is time to take a look at who might be on the move come July. My first candidate: Yonder Alonso.

Alonso, who currently owns a 1.011 OPS on the season, could be a huge offensive upgrade for a team who is trying to make a playoff push down the stretch.  Billy Beane has the trade piece in his hand, Alonso’s salary for this season is right at 4 million dollars for this season, and is only locked in for a one year deal.

At the time this is written, Alonso is ranked: 6th in OPS, And after this outbreak this season, Oakland has now 2 great trade pieces they can now flip for some potential higher end prospects (Sonny Gray being the other). With that being said, lets check out a possible landing spot:

  1. New York Yankees: This one is a toss up; the Yankees are in dire need of bullpen help, and could also use another starting pitcher. With “Moneyball” still being very prevalent out in Oakland, I would watch out for Oakland attempting to handcuff Alonso and Gray both in a deal to New York for maybe a Tier 1 prospect and maybe a couple tier 2or 3 prospects from a farm system

Oakland Receives:

Jorge Mateo-SS/2B (Yankees #4 Prospect)

Current Stats:  .235/.280/.390    A high strikeout guy, but high risk high reward if Oakland can get him to cut down on his strikeouts and increase his walks, that will help him fit their mold a lot better

Albert Abreu-RHP (Yankees #10 Prospect)

Personally, I like him better out of the bullpen. Abreu, who in 8 appearances last year out of the bullpen, Held opposing hitters to an .481 OPS and consistently hit 99, which is 6 MPH than what he typically peaks at as a starter.

Dermis Garcia-3B (Yankees #28 Prospect)

Another high reward guy for Oakland, as he hasn’t logged any games this year since he is 19 and still in Rookie ball.

New York Yankees Receive:

Yonder Alonso- 1B

Sonny Gray- SP

It’s a match made in Heaven on paper, but who knows where these two might end up once July 31st rolls around.