As the calendar pages flip closer to July 31st, MLB trade speculation ramps up exponentially. The weeks leading up often find teams at a crossroads; should we trade a key contributor now to a desperate buyer because the price is high, or is the long-term value of the player too much to part with?
Selling off parts of the team isn't always the best option, namely when the player is under-performing, thus lowering his trade value, or if he is signed through the following season. In both cases the "wait and see" approach is the more prudent path, it helps teams avoid the hysteria of a sinking ship and avoid any rash decisions.
Here are four players that should be held on to by their teams through this year's trade deadline.