MLB Trade Deadline 2014: Top Trade Targets at Each Position

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MLB Trade Deadline 2014: Top Trade Targets at Each Position
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Each MLB general manager that will be acquiring talent by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline surely has a list of top targets that he believes will improve his club’s chances.

On that list could be a power-hitting first baseman or a defensive specialist that will improve the roster's depth. It could also be a left-handed reliever or a third starter that will provide some separation from the rest of the division.

But who are the top targets at those positions? Better yet, who are the best players likely available at each position across the MLB? That's what we're here to sort out.

Not every name on this list will be available at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Some of them are on teams that don’t quite know if they will be selling off assets or bringing players on board. If a club like the Cleveland Indians, for example, goes on a run, it will be adding talent rather than trading it away.

In other words, these are simply the top targets that will likely be inquired about.

That said, no players on teams in first or second place in their respective divisions will be mentioned, with one exception. That means that Adam Lind, Max Scherzer and Michael Morse will not be brought up. Sure, they are all free agents at the end of the season, but they are intrinsically tied to their teams' playoff chances and won’t be shopped.

We’re going to keep it simple. Here are the top targets at each position.


Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference and are accurate through Sunday, June 29.

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