MLB Trade Talk: 5 Outfielders Who Will Be on the Move

Jacob BetznerCorrespondent IIMay 11, 2012

MLB Trade Talk: 5 Outfielders Who Will Be on the Move

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    MLB teams looking to address different needs before a playoff push often consider a trade to shake up lineups and add a new element to the team chemistry.

    Several outfielders highlight the countless MLB trade rumors.

    An early move was made last week when veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking his release from the Angels 25 miles away in Anaheim.

    The biggest name tossed around the rumor mill is Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. The 30-year-old slugger could find himself in a different uniform before the end of this season if the he and the Rangers fail to reach a contract agreement.

    Teams looking to add some offense or sign a temporary player for a postseason run might look into moving some current assets for one of these experienced outfielders.

Carlos Lee

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    The Houston Astros could be looking to send outfielder Carlos Lee to the highest bidder and add a few prospects to help with the team's rebuilding.

    This year, the 35-year-old is hitting with a .274 average and a .347 on base percentage.

    The two-time silver slugger and three-time all-star's six-year contract ends this year, and with a slim chance of the Astros making the playoffs, he could add a little offense to a team.

    Astro's GM Jeff Luhnow believes several rival teams could be after Lee before the deadline, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Gerardo Parra

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    Hitting with a .260 average and eight stolen bases this season, Parra's offensive capabilities could help a number of teams looking for more scoring.

    The 25-year-old is in the last year of his contract with the Diamondbacks, and should Arizona fail to re-sign him, he'll likely be traded in an attempt to get something in return.

    According to MLBTradeRumors.com, several teams have approached Arizona showing interest in Parra, but the Diamondbacks won't let him go without a significant return.

Josh Hamilton

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    The Rangers could move Hamilton if he doesn't agree to a contract extension in the near future.

    The 30-year-old is hitting with a .395 average and has homered 15 times.

    Hamilton would carry a pretty heavy price tag but has the potential to be an immediate impact player for virtually any major league team.

    The International Business Times reported that if a deal isn't reached between Hamilton and the Rangers, they may be forced to send him elsewhere.

    Don't be surprised to see yet another small-market superstar sell his soul for some pinstripes.

Shane Victorino

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    A useful fielder and batter, Victorino may be sought by several teams this season.

    Hitting with a .244 average, five home runs and nine stolen bases, he has the offensive capabilities. The three-time Golden Glove winner is capable in the field as well.

    According to SBNation.com, the Blue Jays recently approached the Phillies about a possible trade.

Andre Ethier

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    Outfielder Andre Ethier is a consistent producer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He becomes slightly more expendable with the recent signing of outfielder Bobby Abreu and is in the last year of his contract with LA.

    Hitting .284 with 30 RBIs, he could instantly improve a struggling offense.

    According to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Dodgers are trying to sign Ethier to an extension.