MLB Trade Rumors: Top 7 Starting Pitchers To Be Traded

As the trade deadline gets ever closer, contenders are starting to develop a true analysis of their needs. But no matter what team it is, you can be sure that they're looking for pitching help. And when it comes to starting pitchers, there are seven prime names who are likely to be moved, as follows:

  • Jesús Luzardo
  • Jack Flaherty
  • Luis Severino
  • Erick Fedde
  • Garrett Crochet
  • Tyler Anderson
  • Trevor Williams

Luzardo, the Miami Marlins ace, has been on the trade block for about a year now, and many consider him the most likely of all of these hurlers to be dealt. He's had an up-and-down season so far — or down-and-up, more accurately. He got off to a very rocky start, likely due to injury. When he came back, three weeks later, he pitched like the ace we know he is. But then a 9-run outing two starts ago ballooned his ERA once again to where it stands now, at 5.11

Severino has done a wonderful job for the New York Mets, proving that he is a very reliable middle of the rotation pitcher once again, at least. He isn't blowing batters away like he used to, but his 3.25 ERA and 1.13 WHIP have been more than steady, and he'll have plenty of suitors. 

The White Sox, the worst team in baseball, have two very good arms to sell in Fedde and Crochet, and should get a nice haul for them. 

But the best arm of all on this list to this point, is Jack Flaherty, who's been a tremendous signing for the Detroit Tigers this season, and is looking like his old Cy Young-candidate self. With a 3.22 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, along with a stunning 94:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 72.2 innings, he'll bring the Tigers a huge return on the trade market. 

Insider Jeff Passan notes that the asking prices for most of these starting pitcher have been "exorbitant" thus far, as it's definitely a seller's market to this point.

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