MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Biggest Names That Could Be on the Move
The Major League Baseball season has been interesting so far, to say the least. Some traditional powerhouses seem to have major holes to fill, but teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals are off to fabulous starts.
All of these teams are looking for ways to improve. Even teams that are playing well right now realize that no team is perfect. Plenty of trade talks are going to happen from now until July 31, but certain players are going to be talked about more than others.
With that, here are the 10 most attractive names on the trading block right now. Don't be surprised if they are on the move sooner rather than later.
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggests that Carlos Quentin could definitely be on the trading block once July rolls around.
Quentin has not even stepped up to the plate this season, as he is recovering from knee surgery, but when he is healthy, he has 30 home run and 90 RBI potential.
The San Diego Padres don't necessarily seem to be in a position to challenge for the National League West crown this season, so it might make a lot of sense to send Quentin to a power-starved contender on the edge of playoff contention as the season continues.
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Bartolo Colon could become a trade target, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. The Oakland Athletics are probably not going to make very much noise in the division with the heavyweight Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the top.
Because of that, the Athletics should not rely on older players like Colon. Since he most likely won't be able to help the Oakland Athletics win a World Series championship this year, trading him might help them become better in the future.
Colon is off to a strong start this year, and he performed very well for the New York Yankees last year. His value is never going to be higher than it is right now, and contenders always chase more pitching.
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John Lannan tends to be under-appreciated, but according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, he has already requested a trade.
Lannan only went 10-13 last season, but his 3.70 ERA deserved better. In fact, he also deserved better than being sent back down for the beginning of the 2012 campaign.
The Washington Nationals do not seem to value John Lannan very highly since he wasn't able to grab a spot in their rotation, but there are plenty of teams who could use him as a legitimate back-of-the-rotation winner.
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Mark Reynolds has made his career by swinging for the fences, but the Baltimore Orioles are tired of it. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Baltimore Orioles have actively put Reynolds on the block.
The beginning of the 2012 season has not been at all kind to Reynolds. His strikeout totals are even further through the roof than normal, and he has yet to hit a home run.
There should be a team on the market that will want to try its luck. If Reynolds gets hot, his value will consequently rise, and the Orioles might be more willing to keep him, but if he stays cold, it would not be surprising to see him on his way out of Baltimore.
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Jair Jurrjens has been rumored to be on his way out of Atlanta all winter, as acknowledged in this article by Andy Johnston of Fox Sports South. There is no reason to believe that these rumors will stop given the fact that the Atlanta Braves have sent him down to the minors.
Jurrjens was phenomenal during the first half of 2011, but ever since then he has slowly been spiraling downhill. However, he is still only 26 years old. He has plenty of time to rebound and make a comeback.
The 2012 season has not been very pleasant for Jair Jurrjens, and that will intensify the trade rumors even more as we get closer to July.
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Injuries have gotten the best of Justin Morneau for the past two seasons. However, while he is looking to make a comeback in 2012, trade rumors are swirling about his future in the Twin Cities, as noted by Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Before he fell to the injury bug, Morneau was good for at least 25 home runs and over 100 RBI. While he isn't quite producing at that rate so far in 2012, what if he is able to get it back together?
If the Minnesota Twins are willing to help eat some of his giant contract, it could definitely be possible to see him on his way out of Minnesota.
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Flame-throwing left-hander Matt Thornton could be leaving Chicago, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Although he does have a rather large contract, his high strikeout rate will make him an interesting target.
The Chicago White Sox are still trapped behind at least the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, so the playoffs are not likely in their sights yet.
That being said, the future has not been determined yet. Trading Thornton for prospects would make quite a bit of sense for the White Sox, and bring in a powerful bullpen arm would make a lot of sense for any contender.
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I am sorry to potentially over-represent the Baltimore Orioles, but Kevin Gregg is probably going to find his way out of Maryland before July 31. This rumor has been talked about for at least the past month, but here is one of the earlier mentions of it, courtesy of Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Kevin Gregg has not had a good tenure in Baltimore, but he has been effective at other points during his career. A change of scenery might be in order.
Baltimore seems desperate to get rid of Gregg, and plenty of teams will be looking for bullpen help down the stretch. He is a veteran who could be an effective piece in the right situation.
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According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Athletics might have regained some interest in acquiring third baseman Alberto Callaspo of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Callaspo is having a very difficult 2012 season so far, but he is the type of player who can be counted on for an all-around respectable performance. He isn't spectacular in any one area, but he can do a little bit of everything. He is also very versatile and can fill in at several different positions.
The Angels are having their own issues so far this year, but if they are looking to make a move, Callaspo might draw attention from more teams than just the Oakland Athletics.
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One more member of the Chicago White Sox will round out this list. Gavin Floyd has trade value, and he has been on the block since the beginning of winter, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Floyd has won at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons, so he has a track record of success even though he is still only 29 years old.
The Chicago White Sox will no doubt be selling as the trade deadline draws near, and Gavin Floyd would be able to fit into the middle of most rotations in Major League Baseball.
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