MLB Trade Rumors: Alfonso Soriano and the Top 10 Moveable Players on the Market
After the months of speculation leading up to July's trade deadline finally came to a head, it seemed like we could all finally breathe a bit and watch the second half of the MLB season play itself out.
That notion was quickly put to rest when the waiver wire acted up in August.
We saw players like Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee make news, and while a deal for Lee was never reached, that doesn't mean that others wouldn't be made.
The blockbuster deal sending seemingly half of the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers certainly turned the heads of the entire baseball world, and while it may be impossible to expect another trade like that, it doesn't mean that the action has ceased.
10. Travis Hafner
During Travis Hafner's best days, he was one of the most dangerous hitters in the AL Central and was consistently in AL MVP consideration.
He's run into issues staying on the field since then and is currently on the 15-day disabled list, but if healthy, he can still definitely be a home run threat in the Indians lineup.
Either way, you would think a trade may be more likely to occur as the team has fallen back from contention in the division. For quite some time, it's looked like this would be Hafner's last season in Cleveland.
9. Andres Torres
Recently placed on waivers by the New York Mets, outfielder Andres Torres isn't having an outstanding 2012 season by any means, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a useful target for a contending team down the stretch.
The center fielder is batting just .233 this season, but a 16-homer campaign in 2010 in which he stole nearly 30 bases shows just what he's capable of when he's at his best.
He'll be under team control for another season, and at just under $3 million this season, Torres wouldn't break the bank.
8. Carlos Marmol
Control is a premium for relief pitchers hoping to make a positive impact for their team, so it's no surprise that Carlos Marmol has been a disappointment on the mound in 2012.
Walking nearly nine batters per nine innings, he has a WHIP approaching 2.00 and an ERA of 4.02.
With the Cubs looking to rebuild in any way they can, it wouldn't be surprising to see Marmol, who recently cleared waivers, head out of Wrigley sooner rather than later.
7. Scott Hairston
Thirty-two-year-old Scott Hairston has had a relatively successful 2012 season thus far, with a batting average approaching .275 and the highest home run total (14) he's posted since 2008.
The New York Mets have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, and deciding on whether or not to retain Hairston may not be one of them.
The utility player was placed on waivers along with teammate Andres Torres, and as teams continue to define needs as they head into stretch runs, Hairston could pique the interest of suitors.
6. Justin Morneau
After struggling through concussion problems and other injuries over the past couple of seasons, Justin Morneau appears to finally be hitting his stride.
He's gone deep 17 times in 102 games so far in 2012. With his numbers up in virtually every category from last season, Morneau would be a great add for any team looking to bring in a home run threat.
With this weekend's news, it's hard to believe the Dodgers would still be interested, but in eight games this month, Morneau is batting .333 with four home runs, 14 RBI and an OPS of nearly 1.000. He'll certainly fit in somewhere.
5. Jeff Francoeur
The San Francisco Giants found themselves in a serious predicament recently when they lost slugger Melky Cabrera for the rest of the season after he was handed a 50-game suspension for testosterone usage.
Whether or not they look to outside sources for help in the outfield remains to be seen, but as Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com points out, they could look towards Kansas City Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur as a short-term solution.
4. Jacoby Ellsbury
The Boston Red Sox lineup card has seen some serious changes in the past handful of days, with a number of top stars making their way to the west coast.
It would be hard to believe they'll continue to look to unload talent, but as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted, Jacoby Ellsbury is the most recent player in Fenway to hit the waiver wire.
No suitor has been revealed, but a team like the Los Angeles Angels could benefit from a player of Ellsbury's caliber, especially as they fight for attention in the city with the suddenly-revamped Dodgers.
3. Edinson Volquez
In his first season in San Diego, Edinson Volquez has posted an 8-9 record with an ERA hovering just over 4.00.
He'll be under team control for another season, but the starting pitcher has been placed on waivers, and with his name popping up in July with a connection to the Atlanta Braves, it wouldn't be surprising if he garnered some additional interest now.
2. Justin Upton
As is the case anytime the waiver wire lights up, players that almost certainly won't move are pushed out there, even if it means they'll still finish the season in the same uniform.
With the mega trade that we just saw send some superstars from Boston to Los Angeles, it's clear that anything is possible.
The Arizona Diamondbacks did place star Justin Upton on waivers, and while it's not clear whether or not any serious suitors could emerge, it's definitely something worth watching.
1. Alfonso Soriano
Earlier, we mentioned the San Francisco Giants' potential need for additional help in the outfield. While Jeff Francoeur may be a more thrifty option to bolster the lineup, adding a player like Alfonso Soriano would help the team match the wheeling and dealing of the division-rival Dodgers.
Soriano is owed $18 million per season through 2014, and while he's been considered somewhat of a black hole from a salary perspective, he's been relatively consistent, going deep at least 20 times every season since 2001. This season, he has his highest batting average since 2008.