The trade deadline is less than a week away and the MLB hot stove has gotten warm. Sunday morning the Cincinnati Reds traded their ace Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, arguably making the Royals the favorite to win the American League.
There are a couple of other aces that may be dealt before the deadline in David Price of the Detroit Tigers and Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. While the Texas Rangers are among the perceived favorites for Hamels, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on the list of teams interested in both Hamels and Price.
Coincidentally, while the Dodgers and Rangers are both pursuing Hamels, they may be trade partners involving Yovani Gallardo should Los Angeles miss out on the Phillies’ ace and Price, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 26, 2015
The 29-year-old Gallardo is enjoying a nice first season with the Rangers. In 21 starts he is 7-9 with a 3.19 ERA, 3.69 FIP and 1.32 WHIP while striking out 83. The former All-Star is in the final year of his contract, meaning the Dodgers presumably wouldn’t have to give up too much for a potential rental.
While the Dodgers may be interested in Gallardo, he likely won’t be dealt until the fates of Hamels and Price are determined. Moreover, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise should the Rangers decide to hold onto the right-hander if they’ll able to land Hamels.