Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish, arguably the best pitcher available at the deadline, will become a free agent at the end of this season. This most likely makes him a rental for the rest of the season. So far this year, Darvish, holds a 3.44 ERA, with 143 SO, in 133 innings pitched.
Comparable moves in the past would be the Brewers trading for CC Sabathia, or Jon Lester being dealt to the A’s in 2014. Wherever Darvish goes, he will slot in as the number one or two starter. Potential landing spots where I can see Darvish flourishing are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, or Washington Nationals.
With the recent injury to Clayton Kershaw, Darvish could step in as a stop gap, then align himself to be the number two starter as LA gears up for a deep postseason run. The Astros have dealt with injuries to their pitching staff throughout the year, with Dallas Kuechel still on the DL. Recent struggles from Lance McCullers might also force the Astros to make a run for a starting pitcher. Pairing Darvish with the offensive juggernaut that Houston is could be a nice combination.
As for the Nationals, hearing Stephen Strasburg has a sore arm is a cause for concern. Building pitching depth is never a bad idea, and the Nationals could use a legitimate starter behind Max Scherzer.