MLB News: Big Name Players Who Could Be Traded Soon After The All Star Break
Mitch Looks at Some Of The Biggest Names In Baseball That Could Be There For The Taking
Tuesday July 15, 2014
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With the All Star break marking the unofficial middle of the 2014 MLB season, let’s look at a few players who teams might be looking to trade them to a contender for top dollar. As the movement has gone from acquiring stars to building teams by hanging on to a young core of players, this should make the trade deadline even more interesting. Lets look at some players who could be on the move.
1) David Price, Starting Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays– The Rays traded James Shields a few years back so Price figures to be there for the taking for the right offer. Of course Wil Myers was seen as “untouchable” a few years back but the Rays pried him away from the Royals for Shields, look for them to get a lot for Shields.
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2) Cole Hamels, Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies – Hamels has been lousy in the win-loss column since signing his big deal a few years back but his other numbers have been there. Would anyone be shocked if the Yankees, knowing C.C. Sabathia might be done, went out and got Hamels and his hefty contract? I wouldn’t. I know of at least a few teams who would.
3) Anthony Rizzo, First Baseman, Chicago Cubs – Rizzo makes good money and being on the Cubs and making money is a good combination to get yourself shipped to a contender. Theo Epstein will likely be fielding offers.
4) Alexei Ramirez, Infielder, Chicago White Sox –Ramirez can play a few different positions in the infield making him attractive to more teams as they can fit him in. Ramirez is an All Star this season so Kenny Williams could try and sell at the top of the market for a player who has been on the outs as long as I can remember.
5) Justin Morneau, First Baseman, Colorado Rockies – Every year there seems to be a “bat for hire” guy traded near the deadline and I have a snaking suspicion Morneau could be on that list. From Don Baylor to Jim Thome, someone or someone(s) will be a bat for hire this year.
6) Aroldis Chapman, Relief Pitcher, Cincinnati Reds– Closers are few and far between these days and with Broxton playing well, Chapman is a luxury the small market Reds might be thinking they could do without as he is up for a new contract in the near future and the Reds likely won’t be thrilled about paying him. I honestly thought they would have traded him earlier but after the injury in Spring Training; they had to let him prove he is healthy to get the top of the mark in return, and they will get it.
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