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MLB Trade Rumors: Stars Who Weren't Available in July Who Will Be in December

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: Stars Who Weren't Available in July Who Will Be in December

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    For 20 teams, Thursday begins an offseason where MLB trade rumors begin, placing players on the block who previously weren't available.

    Some players were previously thought to be off-limits, but with long-term struggles, some teams know they have to rebuild. And those players will bring back the prospects that will allow them to rebuild.

    So, who are the players that will be available this offseason that weren't available at the trade deadline?

    Here's a look at five of those players.

Shin-Soo Choo

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    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Cleveland Indians will entertain offers for Choo in the offseason.

    "The idea of acquiring additional young talent makes sense. (Terry) Francona helped develop several young stars in Boston and the Indians would want him to build a winning culture from the ground up."

    Choo would likely bring in several prospects for a team, which would allow for the Indians to rebuild.

    The one hiccup the Indians might face is the fact that Choo has one arbitration-eligible season left. Teams may not want to give up as much for Choo with the chance he may leave during free agency in 2014.

    But, for teams like the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, trading for Choo might be worth it to give them a solid outfielder to place in the middle of the lineup.

Justin Upton

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    There were rumors that the Arizona Diamondbacks would consider trading Justin Upton prior to the trading deadline. However, most knew they wouldn't because they were in the midst of the playoff race.

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks can command for a big return for Upton in the offseason. Maybe to a team with money to spend and a boat load of prospects available.

    Of course, any time you're talking about dealing a player of Upton's magnitude, there is tremendous risk involved, both for the Diamondbacks and the acquiring team. But, by and large, people with opposing teams believe the Diamondbacks should be able to get equal value if they indeed look to deal him.

    Trading for a player like Upton would be a tremendous risk, but teams know he's still 24 years old.

    His 2011 season showed us what he's capable of doing in the power department. Any trade a team makes can certainly pay big dividends.

Ike Davis

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    Most would have thought Ike Davis would have been a New York Met for the majority of his career.

    However, that doesn't seem to be the case, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

    While Davis is a young, promising star at first base, the fact remains there is still a struggle to find a spot for Lucas Duda, whose natural position is first base.

    The Mets are disappointed with Davis' unwillingness to make changes based on coaching advice. Although he is personable and by no means a troublemaker, they also worry — fairly or unfairly — he is out too late after games, and that could influence other young players.

    Regardless of whether the Mets are worried about Davis, they still must find a position for Duda because he's not cutting it in the outfield. He's had five errors in the outfield and doesn't have the speed to track down balls in the gap.

    While both seem to be the same type of hitter, the fact remains that Davis is more established than Duda. That means the Mets could possibly get more for him.

Dan Haren, Ervin Santana

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    Dan Haren and Ervin Santana have to be grouped together.

    Part of what was thought to be a dominant starting rotation for the Los Angeles Angels, Haren and Santana are in danger of not having their options picked up.

    According to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, "the team would only look to bring back Haren or Santana if (Zack) Greinke signed elsewhere."

    I expect the Angels to decline their team options on Santana ($13 million) and Haren ($15.5 million) during the exclusive negotiating window and go hard after Greinke (six years, $125 million is the price tag many have associated with him). But if they can’t resign him, perhaps then — and only then, in my mind — they try to bring back Haren and/or Santana.

    This news has some teams salivating over the possibility of two of the game's better pitchers on the free-agent market.

    Players who were thought to be untouchable at the trade deadline could all of a sudden become available to those not able to pursue Greinke.

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