After being placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Angels earlier this week, it's very likely that Lucas Giolito will have a new team by the end of the day.
Teams may submit a claim for any numbers of players who've been placed on waivers by their respective ball club. The team with the lowest winning percentage will be the one who is able secure the services of the players placed on waivers.
Alongside Giolito, fellow Angels' players like Reynaldo Lopez and Hunter Renfroe are also eligible to be plucked off waivers. Mike Clevinger, Noah Syndergaard, and Carlos Carrasco are also available.
Which 2 teams could stand in the way of the Reds claiming Angels' castoff Lucas Giolito?
The Cincinnati Reds are in the thick of the playoff hunt. After the Chicago Cubs took 2-of-3 from the Milwaukee Brewers this week, the race for the NL Central has tightened. The Reds are six games back of the Brewers and three games behind the Cubs with a four-game series against Chicago on tap for the weekend.
Even more within reach is a spot in the NL Wild Card. Cincinnati is just one game back of the San Francisco Giants for the final spot in the National League. The Arizona Diamondbacks are also a half-game ahead of the Redlegs, but Cincinnati secured the season-series over the D-backs last week.
The Reds could certainly use an arm like Lucas Giolito's in the starting rotation. After Nick Lodolo's recent setback and Andrew Abbott's innings count reaching staggering heights, the Cincinnati rotation suddenly needs another starter.
But two teams may very well stand in the way of the Reds securing Giolito's services. Both the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins are still alive in the NL playoff chase and have a lower winning percentage than the Cincinnati Reds.
While the Reds' 5-5 road trip was unimpressive, the Marlins have gone belly-up with a 2-8 record in their last 10 games. The Friars may need some help as well after tallying just three wins in their last 10 contests.
Thankfully, the Fish have a pretty full stable of starters as it is, and at the moment, the Padres are all but out of playoff contention. San Diego is 7.5 games back in the Wild Card and have the exact same record as the Washington Nationals.
If the Cincinnati Reds are to add Lucas Giolito, they'll need to open a spot on the 40-man roster and the active roster. But with rosters expanding to 28 players on Friday, the latter shouldn't be a problem.