MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Veterans Looking for a Title
We are nearing July 31, the day that baseball goes crazy with trades from teams looking to make a move in order to make the playoffs or get something for an impending free agent.
These veterans are on teams that will probably be sellers when the deadline approaches, so expect most of these names to be moved.
Each of these players has enough talent to make a significant impact on a division race or a playoff series, so pay attention to where these 10 guys end up playing on August 1st.
The Astros should be in fire sale mode at the trade deadline this year for many reasons.
First of all, their team is horrible and they might as well get some players of value out of veterans that probably don't mean anything. Secondly, they need to replenish a farm system that is completely barren.
A good place to start would be trading Lance Berkman. Yes, he has been the face of their franchise for a while now, but he is getting up there in years and needs to help a contender now.
Berkman is 34-years-old and is only putting up a .829 OPS, but he can be added to a team like the Angels and be an immediate improvement.
Here is another Astros player that should be on the move when July 31st rolls around.
Oswalt has been one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball during his career and he continues to impress this season as a 32-year-old.
He has 112 strikeouts in 120 innings and sports an impressive 3.08 ERA in 18 starts this season.
Any contending team could use an upgrade in pitching, so Oswalt will most likely be pitching in another uniform when the calendar flips to August. He has experience in World Series play with the Astros, so he could be valuable in that sense too.
Derrek Lee has struggled through a tough year, just like the entire Cubs team has in 2010, but maybe a change of scenery will get his year jump started.
I don't know how much trade value he would have for the Cubs, but I'm sure there is a team out there willing to take a chance on a 34-year-old veteran who has proven he can produce on winning teams.
Contending teams like the Angels, Rockies, Giants, and Rangers may be looking for first base help at the deadline, so the Cubs have a couple of options they can explore.
The Blue Jays looked like they would become the fourth team in contention in the AL East after the first month and a half of this season, but have since fallen back under .500 and into sell mode at the deadline.
Trading Vernon Wells is a good opportunity for the Jays to get a lot of salary off the books while also getting quite a bit back in return.
Sitting in the middle of a power packed lineup, Wells is hitting .265/.319/.524 with 19 home runs and 26 doubles. Add that to any contending lineup and that team gets considerably better.
David DeJesus has been a name floated out on the trade market for a while now and he is responding with a great season so far.
DeJesus is hitting .326/.395/.460 this year, which is a really full stat line that could help out teams in need of a hitter who can also field well in the outfield.
The Giants seem like a good fit for DeJesus right now and if he goes there, he could put that offense over the hump and make them the favorites in the NL West.
Once you get to the playoffs, you never know what could happen, especially with the rotation the Giants have.
Another Royal that is amassing some good trade potential is Scott Podsednik.
Scotty Pods is hitting .301 and has stolen 25 bases this year. His game is a type that could excel at the top of the NL lineup and I'm sure some of those teams will be doing their best to acquire him.
Podsednik has experience being an integral part of a championship team, so that type of leadership could be invaluable to a team that wants to trade for him.
I imagine the Royals will get whatever they can for him since he doesn't fit in to their future plans.
Wigginton has been floating out there as a guy who will be traded for a long time now. It's easy to see why he would be desirable.
The 32-year-old utility player has started at five defensive positions in the last two seasons and was the Orioles' only All-Star representative this year.
While he wouldn't be a major piece to a championship team, I can see a team like the Rangers or the Rockies making a move to get him as a super utility man who could play three or four games a week.
Uggla is a big name on the market and could be a key piece to a championship type team if he is traded to a contender.
The Mets or Rockies could be great fits for Uggla who has stroked 16 home runs this year while putting up an impressive .285/.369/.483 line for the struggling Fish.
The 30-year-old is a proven commodity and would be a low risk buy for any contender looking for help at second base.
Another key bat that could be on the market is Adam Dunn.
Dunn is a fixture in an exciting Nationals lineup, but is going to turn 31 this offseason and needs to join a winning team ASAP.
The Nats first baseman currently leads the NL in total bases and is having a great overall season in Washington, hitting .288/.372/.588 with an NL leading 22 home runs and 26 doubles.
Washington is reluctant to get rid of Dunn, but they could sell high here and get a great haul in return for the slugger who is having a career year.
Although he has been a bit disappointing this year, I'm sure there are plenty of teams out there who would want to add Ben Sheets to their rotation in a pursuit of making the playoffs.
Sheets is coming back from a long bout with injuries, but he hasn't been productive at all this year, posting a 4.63 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
Still, he has experience being an ace and still has the talent to pitch well in the majors, so he could be a valuable piece to a contending team.