Some of the biggest names in baseball are the subject of trade rumors as the MLB's non-waiver trade deadline inches closer.
These players will know their fates Thursday by 4 p.m. ET, and regardless of the outcome, a huge weight will be lifted off of their shoulders. Players downplay trade rumors all the time, but it's definitely a burden to most.
The following three players would likely all benefit from a change of scenery—and a change of scenery might actually be in the cards. Check up on the latest rumors below to find out where the game's top stars stand on the market.
Troy Tulowitzki's time with the Colorado Rockies might be coming to a close.
His childhood idol was Derek Jeter, leading many to speculate that he would be willing to come to New York to be the Captain's heir in 2015. That knowledge made the world go into a frenzy when Tulo was spotted at the Yankees' game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday.
The Yankees aren't the only American League East team Tulo would be interested in joining, however. The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham tweets that he'd welcome a move to the Boston Red Sox as well:
The 29-year-old is in his prime and has played on many losing teams in Colorado. This season, he's hitting .340/.432/.603 with 21 homers and 52 RBI. His power numbers certainly get a boost playing at Coors Field, but the friendly confines of Fenway Park would work to his advantage as well.
A lot has to come together for Tulo to move. For one, the Rockies have to make sure that they're willing to move the face of their franchise for players that likely won't contribute for a few seasons. This would signal a total rebuild, meaning pieces like Carlos Gonzalez, Wilin Rosario, Justin Morneau and Jorge De La Rosa could also be in play.
Secondly, the Sox would have to focus on which prospects to target. They have no shortage of talent—Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, Garin Cecchini and others come to mind—so Colorado would have plenty to choose from.
The stars have to align for Tulo to move by Thursday, but the offseason seems like a much more logical time.
The Seattle Mariners desperately need some more right-handed pop. That's why they went out and got Kendrys Morales. That said, they still need more.
One guy who makes a ton of sense is Matt Kemp, and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan tweets that he's on the Mariners' radar:
Right now, Matt Kemp is a backup plan for the Mariners. But their interest is very real. Idea would be to transition him to DH eventually.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2014
Kemp is owed over $100 million through 2019 and isn't the same player he was in 2011, when he came just short of winning the National League MVP award. He drilled 39 homers and swiped 40 bags that year, but he has just 37 homers and 23 steals since.
The Los Angeles Dodgers boast four starting outfielders in Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig. Without a designated hitter in the NL, it's hard for all four to find regular at-bats. Unfortunately for Kemp, he has drawn the short straw more often than not.
At this point, Kemp's biggest concern is playing consistently, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Kemp: "I want to play every day, if it’s with the Dodgers, if it’s with somebody else. It’s not my decision. I don’t make that decision."— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 19, 2014
The Mariners can certainly offer him playing time. While he might not like transitioning to DH, Kemp will learn to adjust to his new role. The Mariners are a team on the rise. They have the pitching to succeed and the left-handed bats to bother opposing managers. All they need is another right-handed bopper.
That could be Kemp.
Adrian Beltre plays on a Texas Rangers team that needs to sell. Alex Rios and Beltre are two right-handed bats that other teams would gladly take off of their hands.
That said, the Rangers have already turned down one team when approached about their third baseman, reports MLB.com's Bill Ladson:
With Ryan Zimmerman out with a hamstring injury, two baseball sources revealed on Friday that the Nationals inquired about Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, but the "Nationals were rebuffed" one of the sources said.
With Zimmerman constantly on and off the disabled list, going after another guy for the hot corner makes sense for Nats general manager Mike Rizzo. It's unknown what the team offered Texas, or if the talks even got to the point of exchanging names. All we know is that Texas isn't interested.
Beltre is having yet another fine season. The 35-year-old continues to bolster his Hall of Fame resume, slashing .324/.369/.519 with 15 homers and 55 RBI in 349 at-bats this season.
The Rangers are so far out of contention that it's ridiculous for them to not at least consider moving him. Under contract through 2015 with a vesting option for 2016, Beltre has shown no signs of slowing down in what is definitely the latter portion of his illustrious career.
The Nats could go after Beltre again as the deadline draws even closer. A last-ditch effort to acquire his services certainly isn't out of the question.
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