With the MLB trade deadline merely weeks away, it's becoming more clear what players could be available. There are a handful of starting pitchers expected to be dealt at the deadline, but a deal may have just been made more complicated after three potential trade pieces found themselves shelved with injuries. According to FanSided's Robert Murray, Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Mahle, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Hendricks, and Oakland Athletics' Frankie Montas are all dealing with injuries ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
We’re a month away from the trade deadline, but three prominent starting pitching trade candidates are currently hurt:
Frankie Montas (right shoulder inflammation)
Tyler Mahle, 15-day IL (right shoulder strain)
Kyle Hendricks, 15-day IL (right shoulder soreness)
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 6, 2022
The trio of possible trade candidates are all dealing with shoulder injuries. Both Mahle and Hendricks have been placed on the 15-day IL as a result of their shoulder ailments, while the A's are still determining whether or not Montas will need a stint on the Injured List as well.
The Reds had a mini firesale over the offseason and were expected to put the finishing touches on their roster teardown at the MLB trade deadline, with deals for both Mahle and Luis Castillo expected to be heavily discussed. While Mahle is still eligible to be traded despite landing on the shelf, it would stand to reason that interested teams may not be willing to pony up quite as much of a haul to bring him to town.
This season, the 27-year-old has recorded a 4.48 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 92.1 innings, logging a 3-7 record and 1.30 WHIP and is expected to be one of the most sought-after players at the trade deadline.
The Cubs are in a similar situation to the Reds and are expected to explore trades for Hendricks and Willson Contreras at the deadline. Hendricks hasn't been very sharp this year, logging a 4.80 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 84.1 innings through his first 16 stars of the season.
With Hendricks, Montas, and Mahle all shelved through injury, the market for starting pitchers could get shaken up as a result ahead of the trade deadline.