The trade deadline will soon be here.
We are now just two weeks shy of August 1, when teams will put the finishing touches on their rosters or sell off certain assets to build towards the future.
Cleveland Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber was expected to be one of only a few starting pitchers on the trade market.
However, an elbow injury has made that less likely.
Still, the Guardians haven’t been playing their best baseball as of late and could look to sell at the deadline.
On MLB Network, insider Jon Morosi revealed that Aaron Civale, who is enjoying a bounce-back season for the Guardians, could be on the move at this year’s deadline.
Update: Aaron Civale is one of the top controllable starters on the trade market this summer, and the chance of a deal has increased amid the Guardians’ recent struggles. I spoke about the outlook today on @MLBNetwork. pic.twitter.com/pLgfsmHWAk
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 17, 2023
Civale is a controllable starter, as he is under contract through the 2025 season.
This year, the 28-year-old right-hander is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.65 in his 10 starts.
He has also worked 57.2 innings and struck out 46 batters.
Civale has missed some time this year due to an oblique injury.
However, he made his return in June and has been one of Cleveland’s most consistent starters.
With Bieber now less likely to be dealt, the Guardians could listen to offers on Civale.
Starting pitching is always a hot commodity at trade deadline, and the Guardians will likely be fielding calls from several teams about Civale’s potential availability.
The St. Louis Cardinals are a team that is looking for controllable pitching and could be a potential suitor for Civale if the Guardians make him available.
The New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Los Angeles Dodgers could also be fits.NEXT: Guardians Receive Shane Bieber Update Ahead Of Trade Deadline