With the MLB trade deadline just one a month away, it's time for contenders to start thinking about pitchers they could acquire in order to boost their rotation heading into the postseason.
With that in mind, here are five aces that could be on the move prior to the July 31 MLB trade deadline.
5. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds
Luis Castillo is having his best season since making his debut for the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. Through 17 starts, he has a 7-3 record and a 2.47 ERA, despite pitching for the last-place team in the NL Central. The 26-year-old Castillo would require a haul to be had, but the young right-hander would provide a major boost to any team able to acquire him, both for the rest of this season and likely for years to come.
4. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
Marcus Stroman's 5-9 record and 3.18 ERA tell the story of a good pitcher on a bad team. The Blue Jays are all but statistically eliminated from the MLB postseason, as the team is currently 31-52 and 23 games out of first place in the AL East. It's only a matter of time before teams with playoff aspirations start calling Toronto about Stroman's availability.
3. Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians
Trevor Bauer hasn't quite lived up to the hype as a trendy preseason Cy Young Award candidate, but has put together a solid season nonetheless. He has a 3.55 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP through his first 18 starts this year, and could be on the move before the trade deadline. With the Indians sitting 9.0 games out of first place in the AL Central, they could cut bait and get some quality prospects for the electric right-hander.
2. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Despite not having his best stuff this year (4-7, 4.21 ERA), Madison Bumgarner has proven that he's just about as reliable a postseason arm as there is. His career 2.11 ERA and 0.899 WHIP in the postseason should make him a trade target for any team that expects to still be playing baseball in October.
1. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for years now. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is putting together another solid season in 2019 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.032 WHIP. He's as good as they come for any team looking to improve its pitching staff, and will garner a lot of attention if the Nationals are serious about moving him. Scherzer could be the difference between a playoff team and a World Series champion.
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