MLB Trade Talk: Biggest Players That Could Be Dealt

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 1: Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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While it is only the first week of May, there are plenty of rumblings about which big-name players will be dealt this summer before the Major League Baseball trade deadline. 

A lot can change from now until the end of July, but some teams are being labeled as sellers already because of their porous starts. 

Here is a look at some of the biggest players that could be dealt when the trade deadline sneaks up on us in a little less than three months time.


Cliff Lee, P, Philadelphia Phillies

Cliff Lee is no stranger to being involved in a trade, and if the Phillies continue their horrendous start, the lefty could easily be shipped out of the City of Brotherly Love once again. 

During the offseason, the Phillies were reportedly shopping Lee to the Diamondbacks in an attempt to acquire Justin Upton (via Pedro Gomez of ESPN, h/t 

That potential trade clearly did not work out as Upton opted to play with his brother in Atlanta. 

With Roy Halladay now on the shelf for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury, Lee would be the most attractive trade prospect on the Phillies roster. 

The Phillies are in desperate need of prospects, and they're hoping than they can get better players than Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies for Lee this time around. 


Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres have not had a respectable start to the season at 13-18, but one of their star players is gaining a respectable amount of attention from around baseball. 

Chase Headley burst on to the verge of superstardom last season with 31 home runs and 115 RBI.

Now with Headley and the Padres locked in a contract stalemate, the third baseman could easily depart San Diego this summer (via ESPN). 

Headley is a desirable player for contenders because he is a switch-hitter that can throw the leather around well at the hot corner.


Matt Garza, P, Chicago Cubs

Matt Garza provides us with an interesting trade scenario. 

The former Rays hurler is currently on the disabled list with a strained left lat, but he's expected to return before the end of May. Garza was scheduled to make a start with Triple-A Iowa on Monday (via Des Moines Register). 

One problem for interested teams could be the astronomical salary that the Cubs are paying the 29-year-old this season.

If the Cubs can find a potential suitor to take on part of Garza's contract, he could be on the move for the second time in three years. 


Carlos Pena, 1B, Houston Astros

Everyone knew going into this season that the Astros were going to be terrible. But just how terrible Houston will be is still to be seen. 

One player who may not have to stick around for the long summer in Houston is Carlos Pena. 

While he is arguably past his prime at the age of 34, Pena could still provide a playoff contender with a left-handed bat off of the bench. 

Another positive about acquiring Pena would the postseason experience he has playing with the Rays. 


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