1. LHP Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox)
2013 stats: 6-8, 2.85 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 9.8 K/9 in 120.0 IP
It was previously reported that Sale could not be pried from the White Sox.
Perhaps general manager Rick Hahn will reconsider that stance during a summer where no other true aces appear on the trade market, writes Ken Rosenthal. He envisions Sale returning a haul of top prospects capable of totally revamping Chicago's farm system.
Although the amazing southpaw has not suffered any major injuries in his professional career, there are many—even in the White Sox organization—who worry that his violent arm action and wiry frame will eventually betray him. If the team was intent on shopping him, it would make the most sense to do so before something snaps and requires surgery.
2. RHP Jake Peavy (White Sox)
2013 stats: 7-4, 4.19 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 8.5 K/9 in 73.0 IP
Peavy abruptly left Chicago's rotation in early June after suffering a broken rib.
The White Sox activated the former Cy Young Award winner immediately after the All-Star break, and he has shown no ill effects from the absence. Unlike Sale, he's definitely being shopped.
Peavy is owed $14.5 million for next summer, which would be an appropriate salary if he returns to his 2012 All-Star form.
The Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals all have varying levels of interest. Bleacher Report has you covered with all the latest Peavy-related developments.
3. RHP Ervin Santana (Kansas City Royals)
2013 stats: 6-6, 3.18 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 7.2 K/9 in 130.1 IP
The in-season addition of George Brett to the Kansas City coaching staff was supposed to spark the offense and invigorate the entire team.
It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the Royals under his guidance, however, and they went into the All-Star break at 43-49. Even while dodging significant injuries, the Royals dropped to the .500 mark on May 19 and never went above it again.
Not surprisingly, Ken Rosenthal tweets that the right offer could get a deal done.
However, it's value would likely need to exceed that of a first-round draft pick. K.C. can extend a one-year qualifying offer to Santana in the offseason, which links him to draft-pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.
4. RHP Tim Lincecum (San Francisco Giants)
2013 stats: 4.26 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 9.7 K/9 in 116.1 IP
Danny Knobler reports that the Giants have put their buying plans on hold while they're sitting dangerously close to the National League's cellar-dwellers.
With that said, the defending champs aren't throwing in the towel...yet. Lincecum's no-hitter complicated the situation, Jon Paul Morosi explains, because although it went a long way to bolster his trade value, it could also be interpreted as the spark that turns their season around.
We don't know that the Giants will move anybody, but if they begin the second half sluggishly, Big Time Timmy Jim is going to draw some interest.
His strikeout rate ranks third-best among NL starters, and his release point is much more consistent than it was in 2012. Of course, Lincecum's pitch efficiency—and, as a result, his average start length—is frustratingly bad.
5. RHP Kyle Lohse (Milwaukee Brewers)
2013 stats: 6-7, 3.49 ERA, 4.30 FIP, 5.6 K/9 in 121.1 IP
General manager Doug Melvin has been playing it cool, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, insisting that moving Lohse is "not something we have to do."
He's 100 percent correct. The veteran right-hander is locked up through 2015 (albeit for $11 million per year), so the Brewers might be best served keeping him around if they realistic see themselves contending by then.
Besides, Lohse's stock is way down, as a fluky home run rate has bloated his numbers. Being a pitch-to-contact guy in the Senior Circuit makes it tough to shop him to AL teams.
6. RHP Bud Norris (Houston Astros)
2013 stats: 6-9, 3.93 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 6.4 K/9 in 126.0 IP
In the Jeff Luhnow era, the Astros have been reluctant to lock up veteran players, and Norris certainly won't be extended either. He's earning $3 million and is due for a hefty raise his next time through arbitration.
His strikeout rate has crept up the past couple months, but he's still being viewed as nothing more than a mid-rotation guy.
From the tone of this Angel Verdejo Jr. piece in the Houston Chronicle, it seems that Norris' tenure in H-Town is over.
7. LHP Joe Saunders (Seattle Mariners)
2013 stats: 9-8, 4.28 ERA, 4.40 FIP, 5.0 K/9 in 120.0 IP
Ignoring his pitiful June 25 outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saunders has been lights-out since Memorial Day. He's routinely pitching into the seventh inning or later and making opposing batters earn their way on base.
As evidenced by his low strikeout rate, the 32-year-old needs to work low in the strike zone and in front of a strong defensive team.
Jon Heyman feels that Saunders is "slightly more available" than any of Seattle's hitters. Moving him would open a rotation spot for top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker.
8. RHP Phil Hughes (New York Yankees)
2013 stats: 4-9, 4.57 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 7.7 K/9 in 102.1 IP
Hughes is replicating his 2012 campaign, although a slightly elevated BABIP has prevented him from going quite as deep into his starts.
He survived in the Yankees rotation for a full 32 starts last season, but there's little hope of that happening this summer. An AL executive tells Ken Rosenthal that the 27-year-old impending free agent has been "aggressively" shopped by New York's front office.
Being an extreme fly-ball pitcher, Hughes has predictably yielded a ton of home runs at Yankee Stadium (12 in past 10 starts there). He could, however, be worth something to a contender whose home ballpark is more spacious.
The Yankees can turn to either David Phelps or Michael Pineda to fill the rotation void if a trade involving Hughes goes through.
9. RHP Yovani Gallardo (Brewers)
2013 stats: 8-8, 4.58 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 7.2 K/9 in 120.0 IP
According to Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks engaged in trade talks with the Brew Crew earlier this month about Gallardo. The possibility of controlling the right-hander through 2015 is understandably appealing.
With that said, Gallardo has barely justified a starting job with his 2013 performance. His velocity is declining after more than 1,000 major league innings, and the strikeout rate has followed suit (9.4 K/9 from 2009-2012).
Gallardo is slumping at the worst possible time. He totaled six innings or fewer in four straight starts entering the break, and his season earned run average rose from 4.09 to 4.83 in the process.
10. LHP Erik Bedard (Astros)
2013 stats: 3-7, 4.41 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 8.2 K/9 in 98.0 IP
Talk about a turbulent journey.
In 2013 alone, Bedard has experienced the highest and lowest emotions that any pitcher possible can. He preserved a no-hit bid through six and one-third innings, tallying 10 strikeouts in the process. That came barely two months after the Astros, baseball's least competitive club, briefly demoted him to the bullpen due to sheer ineffectiveness.
The 34-year-old is obviously inconsistent, not to mention injury-prone after three major shoulder surgeries.
However, Bedard can be lights out when he gets ahead in the count. MLB.com's Brian McTaggart feels that upside might get him moved in the coming days.