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MLB Trade Rumors: Pitchers Who Could Be on the Move at the Trade Deadline
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Jake Peavy

The 2013 MLB trade deadline is nearly upon us, leaving countless franchises with future-altering decisions to make. While every player is a hypothetical trade option at some point, numerous teams have been searching for depth within their rotation by targeting pitchers.

The question is, which pitchers could be moved by the trade deadline?

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Tampa Bay Rays have traded for Jesse Crain. This serves as your proverbial catalyst, setting the wheels in motion for future deals to be executed.

The question on everyone's mind is who else will be dealt?

Pitching will always be at a premium, as it routinely proves to be the source of championship dreams being realized. With an abundance of quality arms on the open market, there's certainly reason to believe that deals will be made.

Here's who you should be watching.

 

Luke Gregerson, San Diego Padres

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Position: Relief Pitcher

Age: 29

Experience: 5th Season

2013 Season Statistics

46 GP, 42.1 IP, 4-5, 3 SV, 13 HLD, 2.98 ERA, 37 SO

 

Luke Gregerson isn't the biggest name on the open market, but this is a league that relies heavily on bullpen depth. Seeing as the 29-year-old right-handed pitcher is one of the better relievers in baseball, it's not surprising to learn that teams have their eye on his availability.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Gregerson has a "deep and strong" market.

In other words, he will be traded.

Gregerson has made 46 appearances this season, tallying 42.1 innings pitched and striking out 37 batters. Thus far, he's managed to go 4-5 with three saves and 13 holds, putting together an ERA of 2.98.

Throw in a WHIP of 1.04 and the fact that he's pitched in at least 70 games in three of his past four seasons, and you have yourself some intrigue.

It's unclear how Gregerson would fare on a contending team, specifically once the postseason rolls around. As a middle-reliever, however, it's unlikely that his asking price is too high to execute a potential deal.

Gregerson will be on the move—it's simply a matter of when and to where.

 

Bud Norris, Houston Astros

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Position: Starting Pitcher

Age: 28

Experience: 5th Season

2013 Season Statistics

21 GS, 126.0 IP, 6-9, 3.93 ERA, 90 SO

 

Bud Norris is your quintessential boom-or-bust pitcher, tossing a gem just as often as he does a dud. Even still, countless teams would love to have Norris in their rotation, as he's a quality enough player to make a positive impact on a contender.

At this point, there's nothing imminent—yet, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.

Don't hold your breath on that remaining true.

Norris is a quality right-handed pitcher with the stuff to pitch five solid innings for any quality team. On a good day, he'll go deeper, but for a team needing a pitcher toward the bottom of its rotation, Norris is as attractive an option as you'll find.

Chances are, he'll serve that purpose for significantly less than a team will acquire Jake Peavy.

 

Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox

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Position: Starting Pitcher

Age: 32

Experience: 12th Season

2013 Season Statistics

13 GS, 80.0 IP, 1 CG, 8-4, 4.28 ERA, 76 SO

 

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Chicago White Sox remain adamant about trading Jake Peavy. This comes as no surprise, as countless teams have emerged as potential suitors for the former Cy Young Award winner.

Chicago even tried to package Peavy in the previously alluded deal that sent Crain to Tampa Bay.

That's far from the only possibility.

Stark reports that the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals are all interested in acquiring the righty. Each team is in a race for the postseason, with its need for a pitcher becoming exposed by injuries and lackluster midseason play.

Peavy, 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA, certainly has the ability to help.

Prior to consecutive outings that led to his placement on the disabled list, Peavy had posted an ERA of 2.97. Since returning to action, Peavy has pitched 13.0 innings, striking out 10 and allowing six total earned runs.

Expect a team to take a gamble on the former ace to find something close to his top form. 

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