Joakim Soria and Asdrubel Cabrera of the Arizona Diamondbacks go to the A’s in my prediction
Joakim Soria has been an end-of-game reliever for as long as I can remember. He has saved and closed many games. He has pitched crucial 8th and 7th innings for playoff-contending teams for years. There’s no way a team doesn’t want him, even after a below-average (by his standards) first half. Soria has turned it up lately, looking more like his old self. This just entices playoff-contending teams even more! I also can see Asdrubal Cabrera being included with Soria in order to increase the return and give a contending team a veteran playoff-tested bench bat who can come up big in huge situations. These guys aren’t due more than 1.2 million for rest of season combined so they are a cheap yet very nice pick-up for any team who gets them. For that reason, I have the Athletics acquiring these guys.
I have the Diamondbacks acquiring the #24 and 27 ranked prospects from the Athletics. Howard is a hard throwing giant of a pitcher with command issues. His ultimate landing spot is most likely to be the bullpen where the Diamondbacks need help. He is in Triple-AAA and could even help right away. Meanwhile Guldberg is a fast and thin Outfielder who ultimately may be a utility type player. He is in High-A+ right now and wouldn’t factor into either team’s plans for a while. It’s that reason I could see the Athletics trading him as he wouldn’t help them right now. Joakim played with the Athletics for the past few years prior to this one. They know him well and love what he can do.