An Early Look at MLB Stars Who Could Be Dealt Between Now and Deadline
As teams look to fill in the final spots on their rosters before spring training begins, they could turn to the trade market to make a deal.
While trade talks will ultimately get quieter once the regular season begins, they will once again pick back up as it gets closer and closer to the 2013 MLB trade deadline.
Between now and the 2013 trade deadline, a number of big names will have their names mentioned in rumors, and some of them will eventually be shipped off to new teams.
The following are the players who are most likely to find themselves wearing a new jersey by the time the calender turns to August.
One of the most obvious names for this list is Justin Upton. He has been involved in trade rumors all winter and was almost dealt to the Seattle Mariners (h/t Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports). These rumors likely will not stop unless the Arizona Diamondbacks make multiple moves.
Upton is a special talent who has the ability to take a team to the next level. His combination of power and speed makes him a potential game changer.
With the Chicago Cubs in a rebuilding mode, they are in an interesting position in regard to Matt Garza. The righty is a player who can anchor their staff for years, but the Cubs will need to sign him to an expensive extension to keep him past the 2013 season.
The other option is to trade Garza for a few solid prospects who can become a part of the team's core in the next few seasons. This option seems to be the more likely one provided Garza can perform at a high level in the first half of 2013.
Elvis Andrus has proven that he is one of the top shortstops in the American League, and the Texas Rangers are happy to have him in their lineup. However, he is set to become a free agent after the 2014 season, and Jurickson Profar is ready to make an impact in the majors.
Andrus has already had his name come up in trade rumors, but he will likely start the season with the Rangers (h/t Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports). If Texas has a pressing need midseason, they could deal Andrus to fill it and slide Profar over to shortstop.
Locking up young players to extensions has enabled the Tampa Bay Rays to keep their stars for reasonable prices. However, David Price does not have one of these team-friendly deals, and he will start to get very expensive very soon.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has suggested that Price could be moved by the Rays for an elite talent or prospects before he is owed a big payday. Although it seems unlikely, Price could be dealt before the 2013 MLB trade deadline.
The American League East will be a very difficult division in 2013, and it will not be surprising if the Boston Red Sox are struggling to keep up with the other teams right as August rolls around.
If that is the case, the team will have a difficult decision to make. Jacoby Ellsbury is set to become a free agent after the year, and the Red Sox may deal him if it means that they can bring back a top prospect or two in a deal.
While they are not anxious to make a deal, the Milwaukee Brewers are considering trading Corey Hart this year (h/t Jon Heyman of CBS Sports). Any deal will likely be put on hold because Hart recently underwent knee surgery (h/t The Associated Press via ESPN).
Hart has the ability to play both in the outfield and at first base, which makes him a fit for many teams around the league. His power bat can also help propel a team into the postseason.
From now until the 2013 MLB trade deadline, teams will be trying to get their hands on Giancarlo Stanton. He is the Miami Marlins' best remaining trade chip, and they could get a number of elite prospects for him.
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe has noted that their is information out there that the Marlins could still decide to deal Stanton. Any such deal has the potential to be franchise changing since Stanton is already a star.
With Ricky Nolasco set to become a free agent after the end of the 2013 season, there is seemingly no chance that the Miami Marlins hold on to him for the rest of the year. After all the moves the Marlins have made, it would be silly not to pick up a prospect or two for Nolasco.
Nolasco wants to leave the Marlins, and it seems likely that the team will eventually oblige to this request by the trade deadline (h/t Jerry Crasnick of ESPN).
While at the moment it does not seem like the Cleveland Indians will be trading Asdrubal Cabrera, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland's Plain Dealer believes that the team will move him if they can get the right deal.
Cleveland will need to be wowed to move the talented shortstop, but there are more than a few teams out their with the prospects and the need at the position that could make a deal midseason.
Since joining the Cleveland Indians in 2009, Chris Perez has developed into one of the better closers in the American League. He has also been a bit of a headache for the Indians (h/t Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports).
If Perez has indeed worn out his welcome in Cleveland, there will be a number of teams interested in acquiring him as either a closer or a setup man. Even if bridges have not been burned in Cleveland, Perez could still find his way out of town before the trade deadline, as the Indians look to improve their team for the future.