Teams looking to boost lineup have options on trade market

Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez bats during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


AP Sports Writer

Teams looking to boost their offense have plenty of options on the trade market.

Need a slugger? The NL East has a few.

Need a catcher? A two-time All-Star could be on the move again.

Veterans, role players, pinch-hitters are all available at the right price before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The American League should have more buyers because no team is worse than 7 1/2 games behind in the wild-card standings.

Expect more National League teams to sell since only five clubs have a winning record.

Here are 11 hitters who could be switching teams before the end of the month:

Jay Bruce, New York Mets, RF: Bruce is hitting .265 with 23 homers and 59 RBIs and is in the final season of a seven-year, $63 million contract. The Mets acquired Bruce last July and tried to move him in the offseason. The three-time All-Star is a high-priced rental, but he could carry an offense for long stretches when he’s hot.

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates, OF: McCutchen has bounced back nicely after a subpar year and is hitting .295 with 17 homers and 50 RBIs. He’s in the final season of a six-year, $51.5 million contract, though the Pirates hold a $14.5 million option for next season. He’s only 30 and could anchor the middle of a team’s lineup.

J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers, RF: Martinez is a costly rental because he’ll be a free agent after the season, but the power hitter could improve any lineup down the stretch. He’s batting .298 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in 5 games.