MLB Trade Rumors: Big MLB Names That Could Be Trade Bait

Robert KnapelCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Big MLB Names That Could Be Trade Bait

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    MLB trade rumors are starting to pop up once again as teams get ready for the 2013 MLB offseason. Things should get interesting this winter, as there is a possibility that a number of big names could be moved.

    Some players have worn out their welcomes, while others will be moved in an effort to improve their current teams.

    Once the playoffs are over, the rumors will pick up even more and deals may start to be made. There will certainly be new faces in new places next year, and some of these players will be those faces.

Justin Upton

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the cusp of becoming a playoff team, and they believe that one big move could push them over the top. With four outfielders that could start in Justin Upton, Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra and Adam Eaton, the Diamondbacks have the luxury of trading one.

    That player could turn out to be Upton. Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com has spoken to Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers, and he mentioned that finding the right deal for Upton would be difficult, but that the team would consider it if it gets a good offer.

Alex Rodriguez

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    The Alex Rodriguez saga is seemingly just beginning in New York. He has struggled mightily in the playoffs, and after he hit on two women during Game 1 of the ALCS, it appears that Rodriguez's time in New York could be coming to the end (h/t FOX Sports).

    After Keith Olberman reported that Rodriguez could be traded to the Miami Marlins, Yankees GM Brian Cashman refuted the claim (h/t Bryan Hotch of MLB.com). That does not mean that Rodriguez will remain with the Yankees.

    Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchant of ESPN New York has stated that there have been some not-so-serious talks between the two teams, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes that talks between the two teams could get serious soon.

Matt Garza

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    At the moment, the Chicago Cubs are planning on keeping Matt Garza, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. That could easily change over the course of the winter.

    Top-of-the-rotation pitchers are hard to come by, and there will certainly be a number of teams with an interest in Garza. Chicago may get a number of offers, and it will have to consider some of them.

David Price

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    While David Price is currently the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays' pitching staff, that could change next season. He may be the ace of another team next season.

    Buster Olney of ESPN (Insider required) has reported that there are some people around the league that believe that the Rays could trade Price. Any deal that involves Price would shift the balance of power in the division towards the team that acquires him.

Elvis Andrus

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    Jurickson Profar looks like he is going to be ready for the major leagues on a full-time basis next season. This could put the Texas Rangers in where they have two shortstops depending on how they decide to structure their infield next year.

    This has led to the belief that the Rangers could trade Elvis Andrus (h/t Buster Olney of ESPN). However, this claim has been refuted by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    The decision about trading Andrus could be impacted in a big way by what happens with Josh Hamilton. If the Rangers re-sign him, they could be more open to moving Andrus.

Jon Niese

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    There is a possibility that the New York Mets could undergo a big shakeup this winter. The team has struggled the past few seasons and they need to rebuild.

    New York has a number of pieces that could be interesting in a trade. Jon Niese could draw a lot of attention on the trade market. Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger believes that the Mets could get a big return for the young pitcher.

    If the Mets could get players that will help the turn the team around for Niese, then they should pursue the deal.

Ike Davis

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    After a tough start to the season, Ike Davis has turned things around. He has shown once again that he can be a big power bat and a solid run producer.

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has identified Ike Davis as a possible trade target for the Boston Red Sox. The Mets would match up well with the Red Sox, as they have the young outfielders and pitching that the Mets will desire.

    Davis would be expensive, but acquiring him would be worth it for the Red Sox since he would instantly improve their lineup.

Jon Lester

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    Prior to the MLB trade deadline, it was mentioned by Mark Bowman of MLB.com that the Atlanta Braves had some interest in Jon Lester. While a deal never happened, the Boston Red Sox did put Lester on waivers later in the year (h/t Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe).

    Now that the season has ended, the Red Sox could once again explore trades involving Lester. After a poor season, Lester's value is low, but the Red Sox should get at least one solid player in return for him.

Jacoby Ellsbury

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    After trading away Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto, the Boston Red Sox have a lot of holes to fill this winter. They could also use some improvements to their starting rotation.

    One way that the Red Sox could pick up multiple players that can increase their playoff chances in the future is by trading away Jacoby Ellsbury. Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald has suggested that the Red Sox could possibly be able to deal Ellsbury to the San Francisco Giants for Tim Lincecum.

Josh Johnson

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    Following a disappointing season from the Miami Marlins, there could be some changes in South Florida. The team already dealt Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez during the season, and there could be more trades coming.

    During the season, at least four teams tried to trade for Josh Johnson, but the Marlins decided to hold on to him (h/t Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports). Now that it is the winter, teams could put together better offers to try to pull off a deal for the Miami starer.