A list of the best players available before the July 31st trade deadline
Wigginton may not be the best known player available at the deadline, but this journeyman is having a huge season for the lowly Orioles. The 2010 all-star has 16 homers and 49 rbis. Wigginton can provide some defensive flexibility seeing that he can play first, third, and a little outfield. Wigginton could be a big bat off the bench for a team like the Yankees. He could also give A-rod the occasional day off, while filling in at third base.
Teams looking for a closer, look no further. Matt Capps is continuing an all-star season dominating hitters and locking down games for the Nats. Capps has converted 24 of 28 saves, while also piling up a 3-3 record. Capps has 36 k's in 44 innings pitched. Capps would be a great fit for either the Phillies or the White Sox. Bobby Jenks has been sub par this year for the White Sox, and I would not be surprised if GM Kenny Williams made a move for a more reliable closer.
This crafty lefty has been on the trading block for the last few months. Lilly, a 2009 all-star, has not had his best year compiling a 3-8 record with a 3.88 ERA. Though Lilly has struggled, this lefty would be a helpful addition for any team looking to make a playoff push. I would not be surprised if the Twins, Tigers, or Mets each made a push for Lilly. In my opinion Lilly would be a perfect fit in Detroit adding to the already formidable staff including Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman.
Brett Myers got his 8th win tonight as well as his second complete game. Myers has had a very good season compiling an 8-6 record with a 3.24 ERA. If he were on any other team Myers could have 10 or 11 wins already this season. Myers would be another great addition to any playoff staff. I believe either the Mets or Twins will pull the trigger and acquire Myers before the deadline.
Prior to this season many started considering Jayson Werth as a top player in the MLB. Werth is as close to a five tool player as you can get. Though his power numbers have dipped slightly this year, Werth could still make a huge contribution to any team. The Phillies do not believe that they will be able to resign him, which makes him very expendable. With 13 homers and 52 rbis, Werth could make a huge difference on a team like the Padres.
Though Hart has missed the last few games due to a thumb injury, the 2010 all-star will be high on any team's list. Hart can provide a power bat to any team in need of hitting. Already belting 22 homers and driving in 70 rbis, Hart has proven to be a valuable hitter in any already powerful Brewers lineup. Don't be shocked if the power lacking Giants make a move for Hart. If the Giants can manage a deal without having to include Madison Bumgarner, Corey Hart will be a Giant.
Adam Dunn is quite possibly the best power bat available prior to the 2010 deadline. This power lefty would be an excellent addition to any AL club. Always known for his power swing, Dunn has launched 23 homers this season and has driven in 63 rbis. Dunn is second in the league in home-runs since 2004, and he can really help any team in need of some power. I wouldn't be shocked if the White Sox made a move for Dunn. Dunn would fill the DH void in Chicago, while also adding to the already potent White Sox lineup. Expect either Gordon Beckham or Daniel Hudson (White Sox top prospects) to be included in a deal.
With Oswalt's name being tossed around in trade rumors since early June, he seems like the most likely big name to be dealt. Oswalt would not be a rental either, as his contract also includes next season. Though Oswalt is due a lot of money, he may be well worth the investment. Oswalt brings ace of the staff credentials along with him. Already a playoff proven pitcher, Oswalt can help any team looking to make the playoff run. Teams like the Phillies, Cardinals, and Mets seem to be the most interested in Oswalt. I believe the Phillies are still the front runners for Oswalt, it all now depends on whether they are willing to pick up his 2012 option.
Surprisingly just last week the Royals stated that they would be willing to trade Zack Greinke for the right price. Possibly the most talented player available, the 27-year-old right hander can be the ace of any staff for years to come. Though Greinke is having a down year, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award Winner easily has some of the best "stuff" in baseball. Greinke can dominate hitters and can also act as an innings eater. Though it would be unlikely for Greinke to move before the deadline, I wouldn't count out the Mets in at least making attempts to acquire Greinke. The suddenly struggling Mets could use an instant jolt, and what better way to do that than by adding a former Cy Young Winner to the staff. Omar Minaya's job may be on the line, and he may need to make a big move to save it. Though Greinke may cost three top prospects, he is well worth it.
A once in a generation type power hitter, last year's home-run derby champ could also be on the move. Prince Fielder is simply put one of the most prolific hitters the league has to offer. Prince may be available simply because the Brewers do not believe they will be able to resign him after next season. With 24 homers this year and 182 home-runs in just 5 full seasons, Fielder is the best power bat that may possibly be available. Teams in need of a bat should definitely look into acquire Fielder. The two teams that seem to be linked to Prince are the Angels and White Sox. The Angels seem to make the most sense to me. With a loaded farm system and a desperate need for a replacement for Kendry Morales the Angels truly seem like the best fit for Fielder.
1. Carlos Zambrano
2. Jorge Cantu
3. Kevin Millwood
4. Mike Lowell
5. Xavier Nady
6. Kerry Wood
7. Octavio Dotel
8. Dave Bush