10 Hitters Who Need to Start Second Half Hot to Avoid Being Benched or Traded

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10 Hitters Who Need to Start Second Half Hot to Avoid Being Benched or Traded
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Justin Upton can put an end to the trade rumors by coming out on fire in the second half.

The first few months of the 2012 MLB season were all about teams trying to figure out the reality of their seasons. Call it a long period of observation, during which teams prefer not to complicate things by making big changes.

The time for observation is over. In the remaining weeks and months of the 2012 season, teams will start coming to grips with the reality of their seasons. That means making big changes.

'Tis the season for trades, and we're certainly going to see plenty of those go down seeing as how there are a few extra contenders in the postseason race this season looking to deal. We're also going to see players get benched as clubs get more and more desperate to put together their best lineups.

So, slumping hitters are officially on notice. If they don't pick it up at the plate, they could find themselves riding the pine or riding the bus out of town.

Here's a look at 10 hitters who need to catch fire in the second half if they want to stay right where they are.

Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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