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Buyers and Sellers at the Trade Deadline: National League West

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Manny Machado’s trade completed, the rest of baseball can now turn its attention to the non-blue chip players on the market.

Yesterday, in our look-ahead to the second half, we mentioned some of the top players likely to be made available. Today we look at each team to see who is buying, who is selling, what they’re seeking and what they have to offer. Note: almost every contender, always, needs relief help.

As a reminder, the non-waiver Trade Deadline is July 31. Players traded after that date but before August 31 need to pass through waivers unclaimed before they can be traded. All players traded before August 31 are eligible to be on their new team’s playoff roster should they make the postseason.

Next up, the National League West:

Dodgers
Status: Buyers. They got the big fish in Manny Machado, but they still may look for more help given that it’s “Win the World Series or Bust this year.
Wanted: Relief pitching. Again, as always. They need to be mindful of the luxury tax threshold, however, so a larger deal in which they unload salary could be in the offing.

Rockies
Status: Buyers. They’re hotter than blazes heading out of the break and should be in the playoff hunt for the rest of the season.
Wanted: Bullpen help. They could really use a bat as well, but that’s been the case for some time.

Diamondbacks
Staus: Buyers. It’s win-now for the Snakes.
Wanted: A starter. They thought they were getting one back with Shelby Miller but his comeback was derailed with elbow issues almost as soon as it began.

Giants
Status: Buyer. They’re always buying.
Wanted: A corner outfield bat and maybe a reliever.

Padres
Status: Sellers, Heck, they already sold pretty big just today.
For Sale:  They already traded two relievers but Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates could help someone’s bullpen. Starter Tyson Ross could be a useful rental for someone.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.