MLB Trade Deadline 2012: What Astros, A's and Rockies Can Offer as Sellers
Often times, the most captivating teams during the month of July are the last-place teams because of the unpredictability that comes during the MLB trade deadline.
Barring an epic collapse in the standings, the Houston Astros, Oakland A's and Colorado Rockies will be missing the playoffs. This likely turns them into sellers at the deadline.
The following slides feature teams with players who could be on the move in the next few weeks. In some scenarios, these everyday players could be the piece that pushes a team into the playoffs.
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Whether you need a power hitter or a solid glove, the Astros can accommodate many needs.
Jed Lowrie is having a strong year with 14 home runs and 33 RBI. Defensively, Lowrie is a strong shortstop, despite what his eight errors this year would suggest.
He won't be that expensive, either, as he is on a one-year contract for just over a $1 million.
He spent the last two seasons in Boston, so he has clubhouse experience when it comes to chasing pennants.
Carlos Lee is another piece the Astros may move. He can fill either a first base or outfield vacancy.
While Lee is toward the end of his career, he still offers a live bat.
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You never know what will happen to Oakland's roster during the trade deadline.
While GM Billy Beane made noise signing Yoenis Cespedes, no player ever seems off the trading block.
A possible name to leave Oakland is Josh Reddick, who has 18 home runs on the year.
Reddick has flourished on the West Coast this season.
Any team looking for improvement in the outfield will seek Reddick, although the price may be steep because of his youth.
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Although the Rockies have been buyers at past trade deadlines, this year appears different.
Michael Cuddyer, who is in his first season with the Rockies, has hit 12 home runs with 49 RBI.
His ability to play multiple positions while carrying a consistent bat makes him a valuable asset for the Rockies.
At age 33, Cuddyer may appreciate playing for a contendor at this stage of his career.