Baltimore Orioles: Maikel Franco and Other O’s Should Be Dealt
It’s never too early to consider making trades in the MLB, especially if you’re the Baltimore Orioles. Maikel Franco and other O’s need to be traded before July 30.
The O’s have a MLB worst record and are bringing up the rear in the vaunted AL East.
Baltimore has shown flashes at the plate and with its pitching staff, but there just isn’t enough to get excited about.
The no-hitter early in the season by lefty John Means was a necessary reward for O’s fans starving for success.
Let’s take a look at some possible trade partners and candidates.
The former Philadelphia Phillie and Kansas City Royal can hit for power and provide some nice third base defense.
Maikel Franco has four homers and 24 RBIs for the last-place O’s and there’s some teams that could use him.
The Cleveland Indians could acquire Franco and make him a platoon bat with Josh Naylor at DH.
The Houston Astros are another club that could add Franco to their DH mix. He could spell Alex Bregman at third base as well.
The Dark Knight would be a nice back of the rotation option for clubs hurting for pitching.
The Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants could add Harvey to their rosters. Even though San Fran and Boston are not hurting for arms they could opt for a cheap pitcher for depth purposes.
With that said, Harvey has been awful in May for the O’s. The 32-year-old has an 8.85 ERA and has struck out 15 hitters in 20.1 innings pitched this month.
In April, the former New York Met had a 4.26 ERA through 25.1 innings. Harvey allowed 12 earned runs during that time frame.
I’m not saying Harvey is a great back-end-of-the-rotation option, but some teams might enjoy adding him for the small price tag that comes with him.
Harvey is only getting $1 million this season. Like O’s teammate Maikel Franco, Harvey could get looks around the deadline or before.
The shortstop can make solid contact and make some solid plays defensively. He’s in a similar boat that Maikel Franco is in.
Some MLB teams might need a stopgap until they can find a better option or maybe they’re just waiting for a younger player to blossom into that starting role.
If the Chicago Cubs trade Javier Baez, Galvis would be a nice option at shortstop.
The Indians have been using Amed Rosario in center field as well as short, so maybe Galvis could be plugged in as the starting shortstop.
The Orioles could find trade partners for Galvis, Maikel Franco, and Matt Harvey. But, other notable trade pieces are Trey Mancini, who is owed $4.75 million this year and he can add pop to a lineup. He is up for arbitration after the 2021 season and can hit the open market in 2023.
Center fielder Cedric Mullins is hitting .298 for the Orioles and won’t be a free agent until 2026. So, maybe if the trade is right for Baltimore, then they could ship Mullins out of town for a nice return.