MLB Trade Scenarios: 5 Shocking Teams That Could Be Sellers at the Deadline

John Altamura@@JohnAltamuraBRContributor IIApril 24, 2012

MLB Trade Scenarios: 5 Shocking Teams That Could Be Sellers at the Deadline

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    Could your MLB team be a potential seller prior to the July 31 trade deadline?

    Players such as Cole Hamels and Josh Johnson could be available for teams willing to pay the right price.

    Of course, the season is still in its infancy and a lot can change over the course of the next few months. It will be interesting to see who winds up becoming buyers and sellers as the summer approaches.

    Here are five teams who could shock the MLB world by trading away their stars for young prospects.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Could the Milwaukee Brewers become sellers as the season progresses?

    Quite possible!

    The Brewers have started their 2012 campaign in a lackluster fashion. As of press time, the Brewers are 7-9, four games behind the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. If the Brewers fail to gain any momentum before the All-Star break there could be some players available for trade.

    Who could potentially be available?

    There are three names on the current Brewers roster that could bring about some significant attention.

    First off, you have the former AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. He has posted a 1-1 record with 5.09 ERA so far in 2012. There's always a commodity for right-handers and a team like the New York Yankees could be willing to part with a prospect.

    Another Brewers player who may be available could be setup-man Francisco Rodriguez. He has not had a stellar campaign to this point as he has posted and 0-2 record with a gaudy 6.75 ERA. Still, he has a good pedigree as a reliever and could be had for a reasonable price.

    One of the most intriguing players that may be available could be Shaun Marcum.

    He's in the final year of his contract with the Brewers and could be looking to go elsewhere after this season.

    It may be an opportune time for Milwaukee to look to move Marcum.

Miami Marlins

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    The Miami Marlins made quite a splash this past offseason with the hiring of Ozzie Guillen and the free-agent acquisitions of Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. A lot of resources were put into the 2012 club with the hopes of capturing their third Word Championship.

    What if the Marlins continue to flounder?

    Miami currently stands at 7-8, 4.5 games behind the Washington Nationals. If the Marlins can't capture a winning spirit soon, its quite possible they may start looking to throw some players overboard.

    Who could be dangled as potential trade bait?

    Josh Johnson will be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season and could be had for the right price.

    Obviously, Johnson will not come cheap.

    However, the Marlins have a history of blowing up the ship when fortunes head south. It's not out of the realm of possibility.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Could the Philadelphia Phillies go from buyers to sellers?

    A toxic mix of untimely injuries and losing could convince the Phillies to blow the whole thing up.

    There have been a lot of discussions about the status of Cole Hamels as he plays out the final season of his contract. There are a lot of teams who could potentially be interested in his services.

    Teams like the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers could all be potential suitors for Hamels.

    The real question is whether or not the Phillies will be willing to trade him away.

    One possible scenario involving Hamels could involve the Phillies trading him and hoping he doesn't sign a contract extension with his new team. It has happened before as Cliff Lee left the Phillies for a year and resigned with the club.

    Two other stars to keep your eyes on as potential trade bargaining chips could be Hunter Pence and yes, Roy Halladay.

    Pence is eligible for arbitration in 2013 and could become a free agent the next season. Halladay is owed $20 million in 2013 and will become a free agent at season's end.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Los Angeles Angels owner Artie Moreno has taken a book from the Steinbrenner school of baseball club management by opening up his checkbook to bring in stars. This past offseason, he was able to bring in both Albert Pujois and C.J. Wilson.

    What do you do if you have over $300 million tied up into two stars and your club doesn't meet expectations?

    You do what comes naturally—slash and burn!

    There are three players on the Angels who could be available via trade if the team doesn't improve on its current subpar 6-10 record.

    You could expect outfielders Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells to join the oft-mentioned Bobby Abreu as potential trade bait.

    Now the season is barely a month old and it's more than likely the Angels will rebound.

    Hunter and Wells would be intriguing possibilities for teams looking for a bat down the stretch run. Abreu will most likely be traded regardless as there's a surplus in the Angels outfield.

    It should be interesting to see what transpires as the season progresses.

Minnesota Twins

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    The Minnesota Twins had a tough season in 2011 when they finished in the basement of the AL Central with a 63-99 record. They have not fared much better so far during their 2012 campaign as they have opened up with a dismal 5-11 record.

    Could all of this losing force the Twins to become unwilling sellers?

    Minnesota has a couple of potential trade pieces that may interest teams. Both Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano are free agents at the end of the season and could be available.

    The question then would be who would be willing to trade for these oft-injured stars?

    There's almost zero chance Pavano would be going anywhere close to Yankee Stadium. He should garner some mild attention from teams looking for a back-end solution to help during the stretch run. Liriano could receive some attention. as well.

    The Twins shouldn't expect to get much back from these stars. The team may be better off letting them sign somewhere else during the upcoming free-agency period.

    Doing so would land the team would receive a compensatory draft pick.