MLB Trade Rumors 2010: The Top Five Impact Players On The Move
With only a week left until the trade deadline passes, now is the time things really start to heat up.
Buyers want to buy, and sellers need to sell.
Some names are the usual suspects, while others are new to the game.
The picture gives away two of the players, both from the Washington Nationals (I'll give you a hint, neither is Stephen Strasburg).
Let the chess game begin.
5. Josh Willingham
Wildly underrated around the media and public, Willingham is a great young player that would boost any lineup he's put into.
Batting .277 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, the National is a consistent everyday left fielder who could thrive in a lineup with a little more pop than in Washington.
Possible suitors include the White Sox, Braves, Giants, and Rays.
4. David DeJesus
Speaking of underrated, DeJesus gets lost in the baseball abyss that is Kansas City.
Making just under $5 million in 2010, the Royal could be a possible target for smaller market teams that are still in the playoff hunt.
DeJesus ranks ninth in the AL in batting average (.318), and 11th in OBP (.384).
3. Prince Fielder
The Brewers probably don't have the financial prowess to resign Fielder after his contract expires at the end of the 2011 season.
So if you're Milwaukee, and you're fading out of the playoff race, why not trade the first baseman while he is still a valuable asset?
The power hitter with an uppercut swing that would make Manny Pacquiao jealous would be good addition for any team looking to add a little extra pop.
With his subpar defensive efforts, look for Fielder to most likely be traded to the AL, where he could DH part-time.
The White Sox are the favorites to land Fielder at this point.
2. Dan Haren
Without a doubt, the best arm on the market is Haren.
Despite his subpar statistics so far this season, Haren has the stuff to still be an ace in the MLB.
Maybe being sent to a winning atmosphere would turn his year around.
Haren is a fierce competitor who might be caught in the losing mentality that surrounds the Diamondbacks this season.
The Yankees and Tigers will do everything in their power to land this perennial Cy Young contender.
1. Adam Dunn
Just another ho-hum year for Dunn.
22 home runs, 59 RBI and a .575 slugging percentage, no big deal.
But what has made 2010 different for Dunn is that he has raised his batting average significantly to a very respectable level at .286.
Washington owes Dunn a ton of money and might want to get off the hook with the Strasburg and Bryce Harper show already garnering tons of media attention.
The White Sox and Giants should make a strong push for this model of consistency.