At each trade deadline, it always seems like pitching is at a premium.
Competitive teams want pieces for their starting rotation or tryouts for their bullpen and ready running backs down the stretch.
Rental pitching options always come at a high cost, and this year, that looks to be true.
Starters like Jordan Montgomery, Jack Flaherty and Lucas Giolito are currently floating around in trade rumors as some of the best rental starting pitching options.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Michael Lorenzen are also options.
On Twitter, MLB reporter John Morosi noted that while the market for rental starters is currently as it usually is, the prices for such pitchers are high.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) 25 July 2023
Morosi says every competing ballclub would be interested in adding rental starters.
This is why prices tend to get higher, especially as the deadline approaches.
The official trade deadline is one week away and will take place on Tuesday, August 1st.
The bulk of the activity typically occurs in the final two days leading up to the deadline, and one can predict that will be the case again, especially as it pertains to rental starting pitchers.
Competing teams want to do everything they can to get themselves in running shape in October.
Rental starting pitchers are an important part of this, and with so many on the market, they are certainly coming into high demand.
Things are about to get interesting as the deadline approaches.
National League wild card has turned into a must-see race