Once the dust settles on the MLB trading frenzy, the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers could be top choices to fade as our baseball picks the final 10 weeks.
Deep into the dog days of the 2017 MLB season, we’re beginning to see more definitive separation between buyers and sellers on the trade front in advance of the July 31 deadline.
Several notable trades have already been pulled off, the most notable being acquisitions made by the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees. Washington beefed up its beleaguered bullpen in a swap with the Athletics as relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson made their way from Oakland to the Nats. The additions are keeping Washington just behind the Dodgers on the MLB futures odds as a 3/1 pick to win the NL. New York completed a blockbuster with the White Sox, bringing on relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle plus 3B Todd Frazier. The Yankees still trail division leaders Boston, Cleveland and Houston as a 7/1 choice in the AL.
We know those odds will tighten up a bit once the wheeling and dealing comes to an end, with teams adding star talent like the Nationals and Yankees becoming even better bets than presently. But which teams are likely to become favorite targets to fade among baseball picks the final 10 weeks of the fixture?
Disgruntled Dugout & Schedule Reasons To Fade Marlins
Miami has been a minor player in trades up to now, but there are signs more deals are yet to come and that isn’t sitting well with some of the Marlins players. The Fish sent setup arm David Phelps to the Mariners for four prospects, three of them young pitchers, and there are rumors they are also shopping closer AJ Ramos plus 2B Dee Gordon. Giancarlo Stanton isn’t happy about the front office’s lack of commitment, though he was certainly happy when they committed some $300 million to his contract.
Malaise in the dugout is sometimes reason enough to begin fading a team like Miami, especially with the Marlins in a 1-5 funk following the All-Star break and down 3.5 units against the MLB odds this month. The schedule ahead is another reason as they take off for a roadie to Cincinnati and Texas. Miami also still has four more series against the Nationals the rest of the way, in addition to a road trip to Arizona and Colorado in late-September.
Could Tigers Be Facing Longtime Ace Verlander In Near Future?
Bookmaker listed Detroit as the No. 2 choice to win the AL Central back in mid-March, the Tigers’ +350 price trailing Cleveland’s prohibitive -500. The Motowners have done OK following the All-Star break, 4-3 in the first seven games against the Blue Jays and Royals. Detroit just sent one of its best sticks, JD Martinez, to Arizona and there have been rumors floating about veteran ace Justin Verlander for several weeks. The latest has him and reliever Justin Wilson heading to Houston in a blockbuster exchange.
Like the Marlins, the Tigers also have some tough games the rest of the way, After this road trip that next takes them through Minnesota, they’ll come home for a stand that includes those Astros then go on the road to take on the Yankees and warming Orioles. Detroit also has the Dodgers and Yankees on an August homestand along with the Indians twice in September.