Inside the Clubhouse: Washington Nationals trade plans, Ketel Marte and more

Kyle Schwarber is having himself a month
Just how great has Kyle Schwarber been this month?

Today, Inside the Clubhouse takes a look at the Washington Nationals trade strategies, Kyle Schwarbers breakout, Ketel Martes market and more.
Do not look now, but the Washington Nationals all of a sudden look like buyers, not sellers, ahead of the July 30 trade due date.

As bad as the Nationals remained in the very first two months, they have actually won 7 of 10 video games, improving to 37-38. They are in 2nd place and just four video games behind the New York Mets in the National League East. Kyle Schwarber cant stop striking house runs. Josh Bell is showing indications of life after a sluggish start to the season. Their pitching has actually considerably enhanced, ranking 8th in baseball in the last 30 days with a 3.53 ERA.
” I got an odd sensation that the Nats go for it,” one competing executive said.
The executive went on to say that it was a suspicion instead of an educated opinion. However its hard not to think that Nationals owner Ted Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo would desire to go for it, especially after they started the 2019 season 19-31 and went on to win the World Series.
Now, these are not the exact same Nationals. There are plenty of holes throughout the roster, most significantly at third base with Starlin Castro publishing a mediocre.635 OPS through 72 games, and the group could likewise look to upgrade the rotation and bullpen.
But while it took the 2019 Nationals 80 games to get back to.500, it took the 2021 Nationals only 72 video games to return to that mark.
The Nationals will likely pursue incremental upgrades instead of making a big splash with the Dodgers, Padres and Giants hiding in the NL. Amongst the choices they will think about consist of Diamondbacks infielders Eduardo Escobar and Asdrubal Cabrera. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier is another possibility, though the asking rate is said to be sky high and might cost the Nationals leading prospect Cade Cavali, something the company would appear reluctant to do.
If the Nationals fell off in the four-and-a-half weeks prior to the trade due date and chose to offer, they d have plenty of stock: Scherzer, Schwarber, Bell, Brad Hand and Daniel Hudson. The Lerners have never been prepared sellers and Scherzers agent, Scott Boras, recently informed NBC Sports Chicago that it would take a contract extension for the 37-year-old right-hander to waive his no-trade rights.
The most likely circumstance is that the Nationals approach the trade due date as purchasers, a surprise after their slow start.

How did Schwarber, who went into June 12 hitting.218/.312/.404 with nine house runs and 26 RBI, get to this point? There are some scouts who think that baseball punishing foreign substances, which has actually significantly decreased spin rates throughout the game, has assisted Schwarber versus the high fastball, something he had dealt with throughout his career.
Nationals authorities, however, credit Schwarbers breakout to two things: 1) moving him to the leadoff area in the batting order and 2) his work with hitting coach Kevin Long. The two have worked pregame on striking off a tee, with Long setting the tee above the top of the strike zone that permits him to more regularly square up versus high pitches.
” Hes gotten back to being a hitter first and power is always there,” the officer said. “When hes driving balls the other way hes at his best. Hes lastly rock-solid in his legs and his head is remaining very still. Kevin Long has actually been excellent for him.”

Ketel Marte most likely wont be traded
The Arizona Diamondbacks were built to compete in 2020 and 2021, however have the worst record in baseball and simply recently snapped a 24-game roadway losing streak. Yet team authorities state they are unlikely to perform a complete teardown before the July 30 trade deadline.
A source with direct knowledge of the Diamondbacks thinking said that its not likely that star outfielder Ketel Marte is traded. The team is expected to listen to offers for the remainder of the lineup, with the focus of their trade talks surrounding their six players on expiring contracts.
One of those players, infielder Eduardo Escobar, has drawn early interest from the Chicago White Sox, but a source knowledgeable about the situation stated there has actually been little progress considering that the talks were reported early last week by Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Escobar, 32, is hitting.254/.300/.484 with 16 crowning achievement in 74 games. He mashes left-handed pitching and plays strong defense at 2nd base and is deemed a strong fit to change Nick Madrigal, who is out for the season after undergoing surgical treatment on his right hamstring. Escobar will earn approximately $3.5 million the remainder of the season, which would leave the White Sox with sufficient room to update other parts of the roster.
Other Diamondbacks on expiring agreements consist of Asdrubal Cabrera, Joakim Soria, Stephen Vogt, Josh Reddick and Tyler Clippard. Outfielder David Peralta, who is signed through 2022, is also anticipated to draw interest, though his resist left-handed pitching might restrict his market.

Keston Hiura appears like a totally different player
Even after the Milwaukee Brewers optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, several team executives continued to insist that Keston Hiura was close to breaking out of a season-long depression.
Since being remembered, Hiura looks like a various player. The sample size is small. Lets make that clear. However 7 of the 11 balls that he has actually put in play have had an exit velocity of at least 100 miles per hour, as noted by Will Sammon of The Athletic, with Hiura striking two crowning achievement and 5 RBI, consisting of a game-winning sacrifice fly on Friday versus the Colorado Rockies.
If Hiura is undoubtedly turning the corner, and there are some in the company who are confident that is the case, it could entirely alter the outlook on their season. It would give the Brewers another bonafide hitter together with Christian Yelich, Kolten Wong and Avisail Garcia. It would fill what has actually been an open hole initially base all season, particularly when Daniel Vogelbach recently went down with a hamstring injury that will sideline him for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Still, the Brewers are likely to target corner infield depth at the trade deadline. They are also expected to focus on updating the bullpen after trading J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen. The need for an effect corner infield bat reduced when Luis Urias stepped up at 3rd base following Travis Shaws injury and if Hiura is indeed on the verge of breaking out, it might turn what was their greatest weak point into a strength.
Braves and Blue Jays are trying to find bullpen aid
Rival executives say that two of the most aggressive teams looking for bullpen help have actually been the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays.
With the Cubs and Nationals unlikely to offer, it takes Craig Kimbrel, Brad Hand and Daniel Hudson from the trade market. The finest reducer now anticipated to be offered is Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Richard Rodriguez, who is currently drawing trade interest, along with Los Angeles Angels righty Raisel Iglesias, Texas Rangers righty Ian Kennedy and Seattle Mariners righty Kendall Graveman, to name a few.
Around the Horn

His 13 crowning achievement in June ties Bryce Harper (May 2015) for most homers in any month in Washington Nationals history.
His eight house runs in a five-game period are connected for the second-most in MLB history, trailing only Shawn Green in 2002.
His 13 crowning achievement in 14 video games are connected for the second-most in a 14-game span considering that 1901. The most? 14 crowning achievement in 14 games by Barry Bonds in 2001.

As bad as the Nationals were in the first 2 months, they have won seven of 10 video games, enhancing to 37-38. The Nationals will likely pursue incremental upgrades rather than making a huge splash with the Dodgers, Padres and Giants hiding in the NL. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier is another possibility, though the asking cost is stated to be sky high and could cost the Nationals top prospect Cade Cavali, something the company would appear unwilling to do.
Still, the Brewers are most likely to target corner infield depth at the trade deadline. They are also expected to prioritize upgrading the bullpen after trading J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen.

The early evaluations of the MLB Draft integrate have been positive. “Gave the integrate week a B or B-minus,” one agent said. “Thought it would be a D grade. Has legs and a possibility.”
Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini, who had a Stage 3 cancerous tumor removed from his colon 15 months earlier, will participate in the Home Run Derby at Coors Field. Pretty cool.
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My darkhorse pick to win American League MVP was Los Angeles Angels pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani. Im feeling quite great about that today.