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MLB trade rumors: Handicapping where the top pitchers land

SportsLine oddsmakers have set odds on where two top pitchers will land at the MLB trade deadline.
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The MLB trade deadline is on Wednesday and while we've seen a few big trades recently, there are still several reportedly available stars on the block. The Indians sent Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati in a three-team deal that also included Yasiel Puig on Tuesday and Marcus Stroman was dealt to the Mets recently. Earlier in the year, the Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion last month from the Mariners and the Red Sox added veteran starting pitching by grabbing Andrew Cashner from the Orioles, but few other big deals have been completed.

Of course, the intensity of the trade market always picks up as the deadline approaches. And, the elimination of the August 31 waiver trade deadline makes July 31 the final day to trade this year. That should make the next few hours a real whirlwind -- several top-of-the-rotation pitchers appear to be available.

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Long-time Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard are rumored to be available for the right price. Bumgarner is a free agent next season and Syndergaard has two years of arbitration left, so their respective teams are looking to get assets back now.

However, each situation is a little different, with many moving parts. Still, SportsLine oddsmakers have set the odds on where Bumgarner and Syndergaard will be when the trade deadline passes. These odds are for informational purposes only.

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco Giants 2/1
Atlanta Braves 5/1
San Diego Padres 5/1
Milwaukee Brewers 7/1
New York Yankees 10/1
Boston Red Sox 10/1

For Bumgarner, the time is now for the Giants unless they're entertaining thoughts of offering him a long-term extension. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Earlier it looked as though the Giants were rebuilding, but now they've won 16 of 19 games to get back in the playoff race.

Bumgarner is already in his 11th season, but he's only 29. He's done a better job of staying healthy in 2019 after missing roughly 30 starts in 2017 and 2018. Few contenders will want to take the risk of giving up assets for Bumgarner without knowing what an extension will cost, and if Bumgarner's looking for too much money it could chase suitors away.

Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets 1/1
Milwaukee Brewers 5/1
San Diego Padres 7/1
Minnesota Twins 11/1

Syndergaard has shown flashes of dominance when he's healthy, riding an intimidating fastball to go along with three quality secondary offerings (slider, curveball and changeup) to a career 3.20 ERA. He's only 26, so the possibility of grabbing that kind of talent with three years of control left on his deal should attract contenders and teams looking for a power arm to build around.

The issue with Syndergaard has always been his health. He's thrown less than 300 innings since the start of 2017 and, while that hasn't impacted his stuff yet, there's long-term concern over his stuff diminishing and him missing time. Still, somebody package prospects and young MLB starters together to scoop him up.

That might be too much for the Mets to pass up despite the fact that they're not actively shopping him.

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Ryan Wooden
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