This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
I'm going to depart from reviewing prospects this week to weigh in on trade needs for contending teams.
The names I list are pure speculation; few have inside information regarding the direction teams will take in trades. So, while I have no idea what will happen, I want to discuss each contending team and list the players I believe will be made available, as well as identify their own team needs.
By the time you read this, some of the players may have been traded, as I file early for Monday publication.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CONTENDERS
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have to be disappointed in the performance to date of Bobby Dalbec. I thought this was his year. I thought he would bring a power bat to a position of need for Boston. However, his strikeout rate and lack of home run power have not only hurt Boston, but they have killed virtually all my fantasy teams.
Available Red Sox players:
Infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez may be a perfect utility piece for a contender. Injured now with a strained hamstring, Gonzalez could fetch some relief help or a better, younger spare part.
Infielder Christian Arroyo may be attractive in helping to pry a reliever. Arroyo has a nice bat and can play third,