AL Central trade targets
- Chicago White Sox - Lucas Giolito
Giolito is considered by many to be good as gone once the trade deadline comes around. With the White Sox telling the world that they're most willing to move players on expiring contracts, the 2019 All-Star fits that bill perfectly. On the season, he has made 17 starts and is 6-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 123 ERA+. He is not going to be a top-of-the-rotation arm for the Blue Jays, but he would be a massive help to a club that already has four solid starters.
- Cleveland Guardians - Shane Bieber
It's a tough call whether Bieber will be available at the deadline or not, but the Guardians' 39-42 record and 29.8% playoff chances say that he could moved under the right circumstances. Despite the fact that he's lost a few ticks off of his fastball, the 28-year-old has been strong this season, posting a 3.48 ERA and 3.96 FIP across 17 starts and a league-leading 106 innings pitched. He also comes with an additional year of team control, which will likely only add to his trade value.
- Detroit Tigers - Michael Lorenzen
Matt Boyd would've been an excellent pick for this until he went down with a season-ending injury. Now, Lorenzen is the easiest-to-acquire piece in the Tigers' rotation. The nine-year veteran has been a solid contributor for Detroit this year and his expiring contract makes him almost a 100 percent lock to be moved. In 14 starts, he has a 4.28 ERA and a 99 ERA+, both the best marks he's put up as a starter in many, many years.
- Kansas City Royals - Scott Barlow
A few days ago, Aroldis Chapman would've been the easiest choice here. The flamethrowing lefty is in the midst of quite the bounceback season, but he was traded to the Texas Rangers on Friday, which leaves Barlow as the Royals' top relief pitching trade chip. On the season, the 30-year-old has a 4.25 ERA, 3.18 FIP and 103 ERA+ across 29 outings and 29.2 innings of work. He is under contract through the end of next year, so the additional control makes him much more attractive to a pitching-hungry team like the Blue Jays.