USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale predict who could be traded at the MLB trade deadline.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray is among the hottest names to potentially be on the MLB trade market.
Ray is 8-6 with a 3.92 ERA on the season. He has struck out 152 batters in 117 innings.
USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale added some fuel to the speculation Monday when he tweeted that the Phillies were keeping an eye on Ray and fellow Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke.
More MLB trade chatter involving Robbie Ray:
NJ.com: Yankees have special connection to target Robbie Ray of Diamondbacks
The site wrote about Ray’s link to the Yankees’ bullpen coach, Mike Harkey, who was Ray’s pitching coach in 2015.
Bendan Kuty wrote: “Ray would represent the kind of talent the Yankees often target, a youngish (27 years old) lefty who gets plenty of strikeouts and isn’t a rental. Ray has gone 8-6 with a 3.92 ERA in 21 starts, striking out an impressive 152 batters over 117 innings. He won’t be a free agent until after next season.”
CBS Sports: Diamondbacks could deal Robbie Ray by July 31 MLB trade deadline
Dayn Perry wrote: “The D-Backs are within range of wild-card status in the NL, and at the moment they’ve got a strong plus-66 run differential. That said, the inclination seems to be against chasing a wild-card spot and instead flipping select veteran assets for young talent. It’s fluid, of course. In the NL this season, there’s a lot of compression in the wild-card race, and mini-surge leading up to the deadline could change the plans of “soft sellers” like Arizona. In their case, the on-field results over the next several days will likely inform their approach as July 31 gets closer. If they do sell, which seems likely, Robbie Ray figures to get moved, as the buzz is loud and consistent surrounding the hard-throwing lefty. The still-peak Zack Greinke would also net them a strong return if they decide to wholly commit to a rebuild. Outfielder David Peralta has also been the subject of trade rumors. If GM Mike Hazen opts to move both Ray and Greinke, then the D-Backs will come out of the deadline with an impressive haul of prospects.”
SB Nation: Robbie Ray could be a good match with New York Yankees
Ryan Chichester wrote: “The Yankees are obviously in the market for a starter, and the Diamondbacks will likely be sellers, so it could make for a possible match. If the Yankees believe that, they will likely approach Harkey for some advice.”
CBS Sports: Robbie Ray a top trade target of Houston Astros
Mike Axisa wrote: “Like Stroman, Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray is under team control as an arbitration-eligible player in 2020, and the Astros do have interest in acquiring him. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi says Houston has Ray on its radar. High strikeout, high velocity lefties will always be in demand, and if the Astros can help Ray add spin to his fastball a la Cole, he could become one of the game’s truly elite starters in a hurry. For now, his elite strikeout rate and team control in 2020 is enough to make him a good target.”
NJ.com: Phillies challenge Yankees for Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray
Mike Rosenstein wrote: “The 27-year-old Ray is 8-6 with a 3.92 ERA in 21 starts this season. And the left-hander has 152 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched this year. Best of all, Ray is making $6.05 million this season and is eligible for arbitration next season, according to Spotrac. And that has plenty of contenders taking a look at Ray.”
CBS Sports: Robbie Ray among Top 10 pitchers on trade market
R.J. Anderson wrote: “Robbie Ray has one of the most effective sliders in baseball, a high-grade offering that opponents have batted .184 against on the season while missing on more than 40 percent of their swings. Unfortunately, he also has subpar command, leading to inflated walk and home-run rates. There’s a lot of volatility in his game as a result. With a year of team control remaining, any acquiring team could be hoping he’d be “on” for more of those starts than not.”
Notable trades in Diamondbacks history