The Two Teams To Pay Attention To
Jul 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) steals second base ahead of the tag attempt by Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
4. NEW YORK METS
Record: 49-46 – 2nd in NL East
There have been plenty of reports between the A’s and the Mets about Zobrist however talks have been halted based off of specific prospects being asked for. As for the specific prospect asked for, my money would be on their top outfielder Michael Conforto, who reportedly could be a September call-up from Double-A since he is currently slashing an impressive .317/.401/.518. Unfortunately, the Mets seem fixed on him not going anywhere, so it remains to be seen if that changes as the trade deadline nears. Even if Conforto is not involved, it’s possible a deal could occur involving Zobrist, as New York seems persistent on going after him. It could very well just be a matter of whom they would send back to Oakland at this point.
3. HOUSTON ASTROS: 53-43 – 2nd in AL West
With the AL West beginning to slip towards the Los Angeles Angels, Houston is looking to make a move to get them back in the hunt for the division crown. According to reports, Houston is looking to get their hands on Johnny Cueto, but if not, the best thing after would be Kazmir. The only knock on the Oakland lefty was his health, but apparently after his impressive start against Minnesota on Saturday, a major league scout said that outing essentially cleared any health concerns about Kazmir, which improves his stock. A lot of talk has been made about the Astros No. 2 prospect Mark Appel (RHP), but the A’s might get a better deal targeting Houston’s No. 5 prospect Michael Feliz (RHP). That way, they might also be able to fit in the ‘Stros top prospect outfielder Brett Phillips. Either way, it could be a big fish to reel in, so Oakland might need to throw in another player to smooth things over.
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