MLB Trade Deadline: Adam Jones and 5 Hottest Names That May Be Up for Grabs
The Baltimore Orioles have a very talented young center fielder on their hands in Adam Jones, who is already earning more than $6 million, though he'll still be under team control through 2013.
While the Orioles will certainly think long and hard about how to approach a contract extension for Jones, his potential could turn the tables in their favor, as any team in need of a reliable outfielder, like the Washington Nationals, could opt to part with a strong package of prospects in return for Jones.
The Orioles aren't the only team finding themselves in a situation like this, as a number of prospects, emerging stars, and veterans alike are poised to head into different markets during the dog days of summer.
Only time will tell whether or not any of these moves happen, but here are some possible options for teams looking to make a change before July's trade deadline.
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Rumors surrounding Matt Garza may have been quelled a bit since their peak, as he signed a one-year deal to remain with the team this season, and Cubs GM Jed Hoyer is indicating that the team intends to sign him long-term.
At the same time, teams like the Detroit Tigers, who are already off to a hot start, may still be in the market for pitching help this year.
The team has indicated their willing to look inside the organization to make the move, but Danny Knobler of CBSsports.com is convinced they'll trade for one instead, with Garza being a logical option.
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After batting nearly .290 in 62 games with the Miami Marlins in 2010, Logan Morrison may have taken a bit of a step backward in 2011, seeing his average drop to 235.
He did slug for a better percentage and see his on-base percentage remain at a respectable level, and at just 24 years of age he's still got a high ceiling as far as what he can grow into.
Sure, Morrison tends to be one of the game's more outspoken figures, as evidenced by frequent postings on his Twitter account.
But his potential is still no doubt a big appeal for teams like the Toronto Blue Jays or Colorado Rockies who could be interested in the rising star.
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The Oakland Athletics made it clear this past offseason that they weren't afraid to make moves, even if it meant sending some of their best players out of the organization.
Another player who they still may make a move on is catcher Kurt Suzuki, who at one point was on the radar of the Tampa Bay Rays, though nothing materialized with the team unwilling to part with anything that would interest Billy Beane.
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The Minnesota Twins spent much of the 2011 season shuffling around their outfield configurations after Denard Span went down with a concussion and suffered lingering symptoms for quite some time afterward.
This season, he appears to be at least close to back to himself, notching four hits in a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday.
The Twins do like Span, but also have a plethora of major league ready outfielders in their farm system that will only grow as other prospects get more experience.
It's hard to believe the Twins, who are slow to make any move happen, would actively shop Span, but as Jason Churchill of ESPN.com pointed out, the Washington Nationals or Texas Rangers could eventually be a logical fit for the center fielder.
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After making a number of moves to improve their team this offseason, the Washington Nationals have the makings of a team that may be able to contend for an NL Wild Card position, if not the NL East crown.
Their moves no doubt bolstered their rotation, but at the same time created a bit of a logjam. Now it seems the team may find itself parting ways with John Lannan after the lefty requested a trade following his demotion to Triple-A.
Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com has reported that at least six teams have shown interest in Lannan, and while no deal is imminent, a move could be made if a team is willing to part with the right package.