Bernie on the Scene: National League Trade Chips

Bernie on the Scene: National League Trade Chips

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

The trade deadline is Monday afternoon. Last week, we looked at the American League trade front; this week, we'll look at the National League.

Trades can still be made for players after the Monday deadline, but the player must be subject to the waiver process.

There are plenty of teams remaining in the hunt for the expanded playoffs. As this is published on Saturday, it is possible someone on this list might already have been traded.

Free agents noted do not have a personal or club option beyond this year. They are true free agents.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Needs: Starting pitching, reliever

Pending Free Agents: Robbie Ray, Jake Lamb, Jon Jay, Andrew Chafin (sprained finger)

The Diamondbacks are among the biggest disappointments of the short 2020 season. General manager Mike Hazen will not be reluctant to back up the truck — provided he has willing trade partners.

Lefty Robbie Ray has been a disaster. He can't find home plate with a Google map. His consistent wildness and high walk rate have not improved since his days with the Tigers. I think Arizona has seen enough. Since he throws with his left hand, it is likely he will be traded. Maybe some team thinks they can fix him. The Tigers and Dbacks couldn't.

Jake Lamb is virtually useless against left-handed pitching, and he's been awful against righties this year as well. I have no idea where he will find a new home.

ATLANTA BRAVES

Needs: Starting pitching

Pending Free

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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