MLB Players Who Desperately Want to Be Traded by Opening Day

Mark MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2013

MLB Players Who Desperately Want to Be Traded by Opening Day

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    This offseason has had no shortage of activity, with blockbuster trades and big-name signings changing the makeup of multiple franchises heading into the 2013 season.

    We're still a few weeks away from spring training, and with a few top free agents still available and other names swirling around the rumor mill there will no doubt be more activity before players head to the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues in February.

    Some players who have seen their fates change as a result of the moves that have taken place may feel like they're in limbo, and whether or not they can find their way into a new situation by the time the season starts, they'd probably welcome the notion.

Matt Garza

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    The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rebuilding process that Theo Epstein hopes will finally get the team back into contention.

    Now that Matt Garza has gotten back into baseball activities, he can hopefully get on track for what would be a strong final season before free agency.

    After being a common name in trade rumors over the past couple of seasons, you'd have to think Garza has no plans of staying in Chicago for the long term, and might as well move sooner rather than later.

Ricky Nolasco

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    After spending millions of dollars to improve their new-look franchise just a year ago, the Miami Marlins undid it all this winter, dealing Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays.

    The fanbase can't be happy about the developments in South Florida, and with the team starting from scratch once again, some remaining players aren't too thrilled either.

    Ricky Nolasco has plenty to offer as a starting pitcher and though they're going to be in need of some arms with Johnson and Buehrle gone, Nolasco would definitely prefer starting for a franchise that has potential for immediate success.

Justin Smoak

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    After acquiring Kendrys Morales this offseason, the Seattle Mariners could have a potential first baseman on their hands if he doesn't end up spending the season at designated hitter, and that in itself could put Justin Smoak's status in question.

    He's had his share of struggles in Seattle, having never batted over .240 and failing to live up to his power-hitting persona, but at just 26 years old there's plenty of time for him to build a name for himself.

Rick Porcello

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    In signing Anibal Sanchez to a lucrative contract extension this offseason, the Detroit Tigers have ensured they'll have a top-notch starting rotation once again this season.

    Between Justin Verlander, Sanchez and Rick Porcello, the top end of the rotation is strong enough to hold up throughout a long season.

    Rick Porcello could be an odd man out in the rotation despite some strong performances during his time in Detroit, and with teams inquiring about his availability, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, he might be better suited to get a fresh start on a new roster.

Giancarlo Stanton

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    As we've already talked about, the situation surrounding the Miami Marlins is less than ideal from both a fan and player perspective.

    There was so much hype in Miami just a year ago, and with all of that gone young superstar Giancarlo Stanton was none too happy about the blockbuster trade that saw the roster depleted.

    Now that the team is listening on offers for Stanton, it seems like it'll be a matter of time before he finds a new home with a franchise committed to winning.

Alfonso Soriano

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    We know that the Chicago Cubs won't be in position to contend this season, and with Alfonso Soriano in the rumor mill on and off over the past few seasons he'd surely want to get the speculation out of the way so he can get on with playing the game.

    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.

Justin Upton

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks certainly have the makeup of a team that could contend for the postseason at any moment, which is why it could come to a surprise to some that Justin Upton has been made available this offseason.

    Nevertheless, his name has been tied to a number of interested suitors, and just recently a report surfaced that he could have been headed to Seattle had he not vetoed the move, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

    Nixing that trade doesn't in itself mean that Upton doesn't want to go anywhere, and while I believe he will play for another team in 2013, he just hasn't found the one he wants yet.