MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Aramis Ramirez and Top Sluggers

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 13:  Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates  during their game at Miller Park on July 13, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Pirates 10-7.(Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)
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In this time of great pitching and low offensive output, every team in Major League Baseball is looking for a bat. Specifically, teams are desperate to find power. 

With the exception of the New York Yankees, it seems like home runs are becoming few and far between. There just isn't a lot of power to be found in the minors, and anyone already in the show with a little power is not likely to be moved. 

There are, however, a few names that could be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline who can impact a lineup. 

Here is a look at the latest news on potential sluggers who could find themselves moved in the next eight days. 


Aramis Ramirez to Hollywood?

With the Milwaukee Brewers falling further out of playoff contention each day, decisions have to be made soon. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers boast one of the worst lineups in all of baseball, even with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier healthy. They need to find someone to plug in anywhere in the starting eight if they want to hang in the race. 

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez could be dealt in the next week. 

One player whose name surprisingly has come up is third baseman Aramis Ramirez, particularly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramirez is in the first year of a three-year, $36 million deal and the club would have no obvious candidate to replace him.

Ramirez is not the power hitter he used to be, but he is far better than Juan Uribe and Adam Kennedy, who have combined to hit three home runs. 

The Dodgers need to do something if they want to stay in the race for the rest of the season, though I don't think they should sell their top prospects. They aren't going to make a big enough splash to be a serious World Series contender this year regardless.


Oakland looking at Chase Headley

With the Oakland A's making a hard charge in the American League West right now, they could move some minor league assets in order to upgrade their offense. 

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, one name that is on Oakland's radar is San Diego's Chase Headley. 

Among the teams interested in Chase Headley: Oakland, which is looking for help on the left side of the infield.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 22, 2012

Headley would be an interesting move for the A's. No one expected them to contend, and I am not sure how real this recent charge is, but Headley won't become a free agent until after the 2014 season. 

That kind of value could be intriguing for a team like Oakland, which has vastly improved its system through a series of trades before the season. 


Angels ready to move Kendrys Morales

The Los Angeles Angels boast one of their best offenses under manager Mike Scioscia. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the team could try to move a big bat like Kendrys Morales to upgrade their pitching staff. 

The Angels, who have played before a huge gathering of scouts this week in Detroit, are willing to offer outfielder Peter Bourjos for the right reliever. The Angels are also suggesting to teams that they would deal designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

Dealing Morales with his value being so low might not be a smart move, though the Angels believe they are a championship contender that desperately needs the right reliever. I can understand why they would do it, but I am not a fan of trading an everyday player for a volatile reliever. 

Then again, given the performance of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo, it is probably a risk the Angels can afford to take.