7 MLB players increasing trade value – and where they may fit

Ever since the offseason, the rumor mill has been buzzing with names of players who could find themselves on the move by the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline.

Now that we’re in the middle of June, however, which players are seeing their stock rise based on their recent performance?

Here’s a look at seven potential trade chips on the rise and some potential fits with roughly seven weeks until the Trade Deadline:

 

Luis Castillo, RHP, Reds
After opening the season on the injured list, Castillo has rounded into form following a pair of mediocre starts. In his past five outings, the 29-year-old has pitched to a 2.45 ERA, striking out 30 in 29 1/3 innings. Castillo has gone at least six innings in four of those starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one. The Reds have been receiving interest in Castillo for the past year or two, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him finally moved with one last arbitration-eligible season ahead of him.
Potential fits: Braves, Red Sox, Twins

 

Alex Colomé, RHP, Rockies
On May 7, Colomé walked three and allowed a run in one inning, bloating his ERA to 6.23 in nine appearances. Since then, the 33-year-old righty has not allowed an earned run in 15 outings (14 2/3 innings) entering Sunday, lowering that ERA to 2.31. Over his 13 most recent outings, Colomé has allowed just five hits and one walk, limiting opponents to a .255 OPS. His days as an elite closer might be behind him, but he would bolster the back end of a contender’s bullpen.
Potential fits: Angels, Blue Jays, Phillies

Author: Lucy Green