Potential MLB Trade Deadline Steals

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Potential MLB Trade Deadline Steals
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Players like Miguel Tejada and Kevin Slowey aren't exactly being discussed as trade targets, but they should be. For teams with small holes to fill or small budgets to work with, sometimes the bargain bin is the best place to look.

Beyond this sentence, you won't find any mentions of Jake Peavy or Bud Norris here. Even less-touted, oft-mentioned Raul Ibanez and Marlon Byrd didn't make the cut.

Rather, we're highlighting forgotten names such as Chad Qualls, who is in fact still pitching in the majors and likely comes with a much friendlier asking price than fellow right-handed relievers Jesse Crain and Kevin Gregg.

We found these 10 players by means of four simple criteria:

1) Must be a free agent after this season

2) Must be making less than $3 million in 2013 (according to Spotrac)

3) Must have a 2013 WAR of at least 0.2 (according to FanGraphs)

4) Must be playing for a team that's out of the playoff race (according to me)

 

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs and are accurate through the start of play on Thursday, July 26.

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