MLB Trade Rumors: Top 4 Pitchers On The Trade Block In The AL East

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, several starting pitchers from the American League East are drawing significant interest from contending teams, according to Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report.

Nick Pivetta of the Boston Red Sox stands out due to his solid ERA of 3.40 and affordable contract, making him a highly attractive rental option. 

His recent performances, including seven shutout innings against a strong Atlanta Braves lineup, underscore his ability to be a game-changer in crucial matchups.

Over his five seasons with Boston, the 31-year-old holds a 4.26 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, with 597 strikeouts across 529.2 innings and 112 appearances.

Toronto Blue Jays' pitchers Chris Bassitt and Yusei Kikuchi are also on the radar of several teams. 

Bassitt, with a $22 million salary for the next year and a seasoned track record, offers reliability and experience, having consistently delivered starts with three or fewer runs allowed over his last seven appearances. 

Since joining the Blue Jays in 2023, the 35-year-old has been really solid, recording a 3.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, along with 256 strikeouts over 273.1 innings and 46 starts.

On the other hand, Kikuchi, despite some inconsistencies, remains a valuable asset due to his durable pitching and a $12 million expiring contract, presenting a low-risk, high-reward option for teams seeking depth without long-term commitments.

The 32-year-old Kikuchi had a turbulent first season in Toronto, but since 2023 he's also performed very nicely, putting up a 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, with 252 strikeouts across 240 innings and 45 starts.

Rounding out the top trade prospects is Zack Littell from the Tampa Bay Rays, who's been a great addition for the Rays ever since they acquired him from the Red Sox last season, recording a 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, along with 138 strikeouts across 155.1 innings and 38 appearances. 

At a cost-effective $1.85 million, Littell represents a savvy pick for teams looking to bolster their bullpen or rotation without breaking the bank. 

With the Rays potentially facing a surplus of starters next season, trading Littell could also benefit Tampa Bay by freeing up roster space and gaining assets in return.

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