MLB Trade Rumors: Five MLB All-Stars That Could Be on the Move
The biggest domino fell first: Cliff Lee was traded to the Rangers for a handful of prospects that include 1B Justin Smoak.
However, there are still other players left on the potential trading block that could be destined for new homes, who have also made the 2010 All Star Game.
While even some of the sellers had players get robbed of an appearance in the game, such as David DeJesus and Josh Willingham, the All Star game will serve as a "first glance" for a lot of fans in 2010 of players who will impact their race.
As far as targets go, here are my top five on display at the All-Star Game.
#5: Matt Capps
Let it be known, I hate the excessive attention relievers receive, I hate the excessive money they get for their performance, and I especially hate deadline deals for relievers.
Three of the most noteworthy trades of the last 20+ years for my favorite team, the Red Sox, have involved relievers (Bagwell for Andersen, Slocum for Varitek and Lowe, Gagne for Engel Beltre, David Murphy, and Kason Gabbard). The loser of all three trades was the one receiving the reliever.
That being said, Capps has a 4.57 K/BB, and to anyone that still cares, 23 saves; he is a bit prone to the long ball, however.
While Capps has yet to be seriously linked to any team, numbers as shown above will be attractive to some suitors. A team like the Mets or Padres, where his long ball propensity could be negated, would be a good fit for the reliever.
#4: Ty Wigginton
He has hit a slump, and is most certainly a token "one player per team" guy, at the expense of one of my favorites in Kevin Youkilis.
Despite this slump, Wigginton is still slashing .253/.336/.438, and can still play first and second base, despite being a poor defensive 2B.
The Yankees have actually been linked to Wigginton, but the logistics of that simply would not make sense, and the Yankees could likely find a backup near his caliber for far less prospect cost.
The Phillies, desperate for help at second, are also in the market for Wiggington, and could likely snag him for a respectable prospect like OF Anthony Gose. Once again, the Padres have also been a noteworthy suitor.
#3: Fausto Carmona
Carmona would be ranked higher, except I am hard pressed to think of a package good enough to lure him away. While his K/BB is underwhelming (1.42), the sinkerballer is back to his 2007 formula for success of keeping the ball in the yard, leading him to a 109 ERA+.
On top of this, he still has three years of team options left.
Any team likely to grab Carmona, would probably need to include a top 50 hitting prospect in the package. I have a tough time envisioning the Mets generating this kind of package, unless they gave a package that included Ike Davis.
Of course, I could always be wrong.
#2: Corey Hart
He probably did not deserve his 2008 appearance (and I derided his fan vote victory that year over Burrell and Wright before).
With a 144 OPS+, 21 HR, and improved defense, however, there is no doubt that he has earned his place in the 2010 edition.
There is one major suitor right now for Hart's service: San Francisco. With one and a half team controlled years to go, the Brewers may be able to grab some very good high-sell value. Madison Bumgarner is likely a reach for the Brewers, but Zach Wheeler may not be (though he still has some walk issues to take care of, he has struck out 11.7 batters per 9 innings in Single A Augusta at age 20).
How would he fit into San Francisco's plans? Given that they are OPS'ing .707 as a team from Right Field, I am sure he would assimilate very rapidly.
#1: Jose Bautista
Leading the majors in Home Runs with 24, a .915 OPS, and the ability to play both corners (albeit with questionable results at 3B), Bautista has been a hot topic in July for a lot of teams searching for a bat.
A potentially difficult move, as Bautista has one more arbitration year to go before hitting free agency; a good haul of human capital may be needed to snatch him from Toronto.
The first potential suitor to come forward is the Braves, where Bautista would likely move into the outfield. However, it may take a player like Arodys Vizcaino to pull this deal off, which is a price I am not sure the Braves would be willing to pay.
When the league leader in home runs is available, however, I find it hard for every team in need of a hitter to pass it up.