The Rangers have reportedly informed clubs of their plan to trade ace Yu Darvish before the July 31 trade deadline, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Sources: #Rangers confident they will get quality trade for Darvish. Informing clubs they will move him, actively exchanging names.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2017
Darvish is coming off the worst start of his career, allowing 10 runs in 3.2 innings against the Marlins on Wednesday. Not exactly the best time for that to happen. Still, the Rangers should get a solid haul for the four-time All Star, even with him becoming a free agent after the season.
So which teams are most likely to make a move for Darvish? Let’s take a look.
Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s no secret the Dodgers are scouring the market for starting pitching. That makes Darvish an obvious candidate to don the Dodger blue come August. L.A. has been linked to Darvish, Sonny Gray, and Justin Verlander for a while now.
It kind of goes without saying, but Kershaw, Darvish, and Alex Wood would be a terrifying 1-2-3 for teams to face in the postseason.
Even as arguably the best team in baseball, the Astros need to add starting pitching help as they cruise into the postseason. Getting Darvish as a rental could be the final piece of the puzzle for a Houston team that’s a favorite to win it all. It’s just a matter of whether the Rangers would be willing to trade their ace to a division rival.
New York Yankees
Can you ever rule the Yankees out at the deadline? They’ve already shored up their bullpen and added a power-hitting third baseman. Now, the focus lies solely on starting pitching.
The Yankees are clearly going for it this year as they’re right in the thick of things in the American League East. A move for Darvish could make all the difference in making them a contender.
The Cubs are on Darvish’s no-trade list, obviously making a deal to northside Chicago more difficult than the other teams listed. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, though. It just means Darvish has the option to block the trade, and blocking a trade to the defending champs and current first-place team in the NL Central wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.