The Top 10 MLB Free Agents Available at the Trade Deadline
We're just a little less than three weeks away from Major League Baseball's trade deadline, and all over Baseball talk shows there is talk about who is going where? Well, I'm going to take a look at the top-10 players on the market heading into the deadline.
Now these players will all have contracts ending after the 2010 season.
We've already had potential number No. 1 on this list, Cliff Lee, move from Seattle to Texas; so that leaves the top spot open for someone else.
No. 10 Ty Wigginton
Currently Ty's playing for the Baltimore Orioles who are currently in dead last in the AL East. He's having a great first half, and could be a big bat for a contender.
At the All-Star break he has 14 HRs 45 RBI and a .252 BA.
However the knock on Ty is he has shown he does not want to come off the bench for a team. Any contending team would have to find a spot in the starting lineup for Ty if they make a move for his services.
No. 9 Derrek Lee
It's sad to say, but it's time to break up the Cubs. For far too long the Cubs have tried to stay in pennant races that they were long out of. This year, once again, they sit well over five games out of the NL Central race. However, unlike years past the Cubs are going to be sellers this year instead of buyers.
Welcome long time Chicago Cub Derek Lee to this list.
This year Lee is having a slow start (10 HR 36 RBI .233 BA.) But Lee is notorious for having great second halves of the season.
Lee is a consistent player having at least 20 HR and 70 RBI. He's a power bat that I'm sure would like a trade to a contender that needs a hitter coming off the bench.
No. 8 Lance Berkman
The only team that Lance has known while playing in the Major Leagues is the Houston Astros. He came up in the Minor League system, he lives in the Texas area (Waco) and is beloved by the fans.
However, he will be a free agent at the end of the year, and the Astros have one of the worst farm systems in baseball.
Berkman is on pace this year to finish with his normal stats at the end of the year (20+ HR 80+ RBI) but he also offers a great glove at first base. Maybe a team with a weakness at first base could use this stellar play to tighten up their defense.
Either way Berkman brings class to any organization he goes to, and brings his all every day.
No. 7 Jose Guillen
The guy has been on nine teams in over 14 season in the Majors. To a MLB GM that has to stick out as a red flag. However, he has shown some consistency as three of those last 14 seasons have all came with the K.C. Royals.
But his contract is up at the end of the year, and Jose is having an All-Star year. Aside from Zac Grenkie, Jose is K.C.'s best player.
This year he's hit 15 HRs and 54 RBI with a .255 BA. Plus Guillen has a cannon for an arm. Any contending team who needs some help in the outfield would be stupid not to make a run for the guy.
Just make sure you keep him happy, because if mad, like the Incredible Hulk says, "you wouldn't want to see me angry."
No. 6 Ted Lilly
Continuing our break up of the Chicago Cubs is the move of starting pitcher Ted Lilly. Ever since Big Z, Carlos Zambrano went, well, bat sh*t crazy; Lilly has been there to steady the Cubs pitching staff.
But, now the time has come for Lilly to take his pitching talents to another team. Any one of the contenders would benefit from his command of the strike zone. He won't be the ace of any one of the contenders, but will be a nice second or third starter.
No. 5 Brian Fuentes
It's hard to think about it, but after so many years of playoff runs, the Angles this year are sellers. And with Fuentes as a free agent (restricted) at the end of the year, it may be wise for contenders to put out some feelers and see if the Angles wouldn't mind parting with their closer.
Fuentes brings an automatic feeling when he comes to the mound to close out games. Plus he's coming off a record breaking year in 09 where he saved 58 games for the Angles.
He also has World Series experience while playing for the Rockies (minus his 9.00 ERA for the Rockies during the 4 game sweep.)
No. 4 Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn has had a career resurgence while playing in Washington. Many in the Majors thought his playing days were behind him after hitting 40 HRs for four years straight. Then a bad year in '08 while playing for Arizona led him to the Nationals the following year.
Dunn picked up this year where he left off last year by hitting 38 HRs and knocking in 105 RBI. Except this is Dunn's last year under contract with the Nationals.
With the great prospects that the Nationals have in the farm system, not trading Dunn and trying to re-sign him after the season might be an option. Or one of the contenders can throw out some great prospects and Dunn could be moved.
No. 3 David Ortiz
Yes number three on my list of free agents who could be moved at the dead line is Big Papi himself, David Ortiz. Sure the Red Sox will be buyers at the dead line, but Papi could be moved to a team that is looking to add a bat.
Ortiz had a slow '09 season, and started out terrible this season. But, Ortiz has turned it on to finish the first half of the season strong. Ortiz will command a high dollar amount in free agency, and the Sox could use some prospects to grow on.
They traded Manny two years ago at the dead line and got Jason Bay to help them make a run at the World Series. Trading Ortiz could net someone in return to help the Sox win their third title the last 10 years.
No. 2 Prince Fielder
The Prince of Milwaukee might not be playing in the only home he has known in the big leagues after July 31st. Fielder won't be a free agent until 2011 and is arbitration eligible this Fall. He and his agent, Scott Boras, are looking to command anywhere in the $140-150 million range for his new team when he hits free agency in 2011 and the Brewers may look to jettison him while his value is still high.
The Brewers would love to keep Prince till the end of the year, since he has been their best player since he broke into the Major Leagues in 2005.
But they won't because if they watch him leave at the end of the season they'll have no one to replace him.
Any team who is able to give what the Brewers are looking for to gain Prince's services for the stretch run of the season will be looked upon as the favorites to win the World Series.
No. 1 Roy Oswalt
The No. 1 spot goes to Houston's own Roy Oswalt. He's the best pitcher out there for a team to grab and solidify their rotation for the stretch run.
Currently playing for what should be a last place team, except they play in the same division as the Pittsburgh Pirates, he's 6-10 with a 3.08 ERA. If Roy could get any run support those numbers might look like 10-6.
He's said he wants to go to a contender to try for another World Series title after his lone appearance in '05 went horrible.