It may be the canine days of summer, and the trade deadline frenzy has come and gone. But there is still a lot to do for the 30 MLB headquarters. Whether you’re starting to sketch out a club’s postseason roster or evaluating the pieces that will be part of a club’s 2022 roster out of contention, tough decisions have to be made.
On the other hand, there are many players who, be it a slow start, a season with injury problems, an imminent foray into the free agency or lingering questions about his upcoming postseason contributions have big motivations down the stretch. Here is a player for each club, who has something to prove in the last two months of the season. We start with the American League, East Division:
- Blue Jays: RP Brad Hand.
- Orioles: RF Anthony Santander.
- Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale.
- Yankees: DH Giancarlo Stanton.
- Rays: SP Shane McClanahan and SP Luis Patiño.
- Cleveland: INF Andrés Giménez.
- Royals: INF / OF Hunter Dozier.
- Tigers: 2B Willi Castro.
- Twins: OF / DH Brent Rooker.
- White Sox: LF / DH Eloy Jiménez.
- Angels: RF Jo Adell.
- Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi.
- Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman.
- Mariners: 3B Kyle Seager.
- Rangers: OF Adolis García.
- Braves: RHP Ian Anderson.
- Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro.
- Mets: OF Michael Conforto.
- Phillies: RHP Ian Kennedy.
- Nationals: 3B Carter Kieboom.
- Brewers: LF Christian Yelich.
- Cardinals: SS Paul DeJong.
- Cubs: OF Ian Happ.
- Reds: 3B Mike Moustakas.
- Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller.
- D-backs: C / OF Daulton Varsho.
- Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger.
- Giants: INF Tommy La Stella.
- Parents: LHP Blake Snell.
- Rockies: 2B Brendan Rodgers.
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