MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking the Top 50 Potential Trade Options

Thomas CopainCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2010

MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking the Top 50 Potential Trade Options

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 15:  Pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners looks on during batting practice prior to the game  against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field on September 15, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
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    A national hockey writer in Canada said something recently that made me think about MLB trade rumors. I don't remember the exact quote, but it was something to the effect of: "If Wayne Gretzky could get traded, anyone can get traded."

    Just replace Gretzky with Babe Ruth, and it works. 

    The biggest name in this offseason's trade rumors, Zack Greinke, has a new home in Milwaukee. But there are still some other names being thrown around who could possibly have new homes, and have them relatively soon. Here are 50 of them.

Players 50-46

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24:  Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    50. Oliver Perez, LHP, NY Mets. Management would love to trade him, but many teams won't bite on that contract.

    49. Luis Castillo, 2B, NY Mets. See Perez, Oliver.

    48. Ryan Doumit, C/RF, Pittsburgh. Not strong defensively; a trade for him would be mainly for his bat.

    47. Nate Schierholz, OF, San Francisco. Relatively young player who's come up in rumors as easiest guy to trade in a crowded Giants outfield.

    46. Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona. Young player with a lot of speed. Was the main piece in a rumored deal for Cincinnati's Chris Heisey.

Players 45-41

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chris Heisey  #28 of Cincinnati Reds runs home against the throw of 3rd Baseman Chase Headley #7 while Catcher Yorvit Torrealba #8 of the San Diego Padres prepares for the tag out at home plate during their MLB game on Septe
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    45. Chris Heisey, OF, Cincinnati. Another young player who was used as a defensive replacement but had good speed and nice power when called upon.

    44. Paul Maholm, SP, Pittsburgh. He's apparently available. Good back-of-the-rotation pitcher who was a No. 1 or No. 2 in Pittsburgh.

    43. Marco Scutaro, SS, Boston. One reporter in Boston wrote that the Red Sox should think about moving Scutaro or Jed Lowrie. I'm guessing Scutaro's not winning that duel.

    42. Kenshin Kawakami, SP, Atlanta. Pittsburgh showed interest in the pitcher who struggled mightily last year with the Braves.

    41. Kyle Kendrick, SP, Philadelphia. Pitched well at times last year; he's an adequate fifth starter.

Players 40-36

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 19:  Pitcher Matt Lindstrom #22 of the Houston Astros throws in the eighth inning against the Cincinnatti Reds at Minute Maid Park on September 19, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    40. Matt Lindstrom, RP, Houston. A reliever who can throw absolute heat and has closing experience.

    39. Travis Snider, OF, Toronto. One of the two big-name prospects the Blue Jays were dangling for Greinke. Could very well be moved for another pitcher.

    38. Ryan Ludwick, OF, San Diego. Trade from St. Louis didn't work out for either side, but Ludwick is still a solid fielder and a nice hitter for adequate power.

    37. Brandon League, RP, Seattle. He was traded to Seattle from Toronto, and was a very nice fit in the Mariners bullpen.

    36. Justin Masterson, RHP, Cleveland. I would doubt the Indians would trade him, but supposedly the Red Sox would love to reacquire him.

Players 35-31

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    PHOENIX - JULY 05:  Pitcher Tom Gorzelanny #32 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    35. Tom Gorzelanny, SP, Chicago Cubs. Supposedly the lefty starter can be had from the Cubs, who are now pretty crowded with starters.

    34. Kosuke Fukudome, OF, Chicago Cubs. The Cubs want to trade him, but the contract is probably too much.

    33. Aaron Rowand, OF, San Francisco. See Fukudome, Kosuke.

    32. Anibal Sanchez, SP, Florida. The last Marlin to throw a no-hitter could be available and attractive, considering the price tag and the age.

    31. Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati. Like Sanchez, brought up by Andrew Marchand of ESPN NewYork. Cueto could be had as the Reds signed Bruce and Votto long-term.

Players 30-26

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06:  Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on October 6, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    30. Edinson Volquez, SP, Cincinnati. Another name Marchand mentions since he and Cueto are coming up to new deals soon.

    29. Brett Myers, SP, Houston. Signed an extension last August, but could be mentioned in trade talks if Houston struggles again.

    28. Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Houston. He's getting older and has struggled in recent years. However, he's still a viable option for the middle of a rotation.

    27. Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox. There have been rumors the White Sox are looking to move payroll, but I'd be shocked if Quentin goes anywhere.

    26. Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox. Same rules apply to Peavy as with Quentin.

25. Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    If he is traded (and according to reports he is a prime candidate), it would be Jackson's fifth team in the last four years. But despite some pedestrian numbers, Jackson still gets work and still makes rotations.

    And after struggling in Arizona, Jackson did pitch much better in Chicago, putting up some of the best numbers of his career.

24. James Shields, SP, Tampa Bay

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    ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 07:  James Shields #33 the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during Game 2 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 7, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    The pitcher affectionately known as "Big Game James" is yet another pitcher the Rays system has developed recently. But as Tampa has slashed payroll, there has been talk about Shields' availability in trade discussions. No teams have been linked to Shields right now, but he's a name to watch.

23. Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs looks for the catcher's signs in the 1st inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Zambrano was suspended indefinitely by
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    Zambrano had probably the worst season of his major league career, and that's just performance-based. That's not including when the Cubs basically sent him home.

    The Zambrano trade rumors were based out of New York as one of the many other pitchers the Yankees could land, but there's a chance that it could lead to more.

22. Michael Young, INF, Texas

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers hits a single off starting pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November
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    Young was rumored to be in a deal to go to Colorado, but according to reports that deal is dead.

    The Young deal was really only rumored because the Rangers were perhaps trying to clear up money for Cliff Lee or sign Adrian Beltre. If the Rangers decide to go after Beltre, than Young could still very well be on the move.

21. Raul Ibanez, LF, Philadelphia

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates in the dugout after scoring on an error by Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T P
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    Ibanez will be hard to move because of his age, his declining skill set and his contract, but the Phillies will probably at least listen to calls about him (if there are any). They won't be pressured to move him, as his contract comes off the books after this season and they can still use his bat.

20. Joe Blanton, SP, Philadelphia

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 20:  Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the fourth inning of Game Four of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20, 2010 in San Francisco, Califor
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    Blanton is probably the best candidate from the Phillies to be traded, but the feeling is that Ruben Amaro Jr. and the rest of the front office won't be pressured to make a move.

    Blanton could still very well end up as the No. 5 starter, but from their standpoint, it'd be nice to free up that $10.5 million a year and get something back to boot.

19. David Price, SP, Tampa Bay

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 12:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during Game 5 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Before all the Tampa fans jump on me, there is nothing imminent about a Price trade. But there was a piece in Sports Illustrated a little while ago about Price possibly being trade bait for a desperate team as a young, cheap pitcher who can be a star.

    I doubt Tampa will do it, but he would definitely net a big return.

18. Grady Sizemore, CF, Cleveland

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    BALTIMORE - MAY 16:  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 16, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Before anything resembling a trade involving Sizemore happens, the center fielder will have to prove that he's healthy. But when he's healthy, he's one of the better center fielders in the league and a five-tool player that could bring back a nice return in prospects.

17. Fausto Carmona, SP, Cleveland

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    CLEVELAND - JULY 28:  Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians leaves the mound in the third inning while playing the New York Yankees on July 28, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Carmona has been involved in trade rumors as of late and there are a lot of teams, especially the Yankees, that are rumored to be interested in him. He's not an ace, but he's a very solid No. 2 option.

    The rumors involving the Yankees also make sense, considering the young Carmona had the best season of his career playing second fiddle to CC Sabathia.

16. Francisco Cordero, RP, Cincinnati

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 12:  Francisco Cordero #48 of the Cincinnati Reds is bent over during the ninth inning in which he allowed 3 runs during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ballpark on September 12, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Pi
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    Cordero hasn't been linked in trade rumors, but I would think the Reds would like to be free of his contract. He still can get a lot of zip on his fastball, and he can be a shutdown closer.

    But he imploded a few times last year, and he is getting up in age. And with some of their young players needing new contracts soon, that's money they can use.

15. B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay

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    ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 12:  BJ Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays waits on second base during Game 5 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Upton is still young enough and still has all the physical tools to be a pretty good player in this league. But one has to wonder if he's all there mentally after watching some of the mistakes he makes.

    That being said, perhaps a change of scenery from Tampa, where he seems crushed by expectations, might do wonders. It did for Delmon Young.

14. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Boston

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning on September 24, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 10-8. (Photo by
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    Papelbon's still one of the better closers in the game, but he's had some breakdowns in the last couple of years. And the fact Boston made plays at Mariano Rivera and signed Bobby Jenks is a sign that the Red Sox might be ready to move on from Papelbon.

    His contract will make him tough to move, but the Red Sox will find ways to get around that if they really want him out.

13. David Aardsma, RP, Seattle

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Closing pitcher David Aardsma #53 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after defeating the Texas Rangers 2-1 at Safeco Field on September 19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    If Aardsma's availability was a secret, it might be the worst-kept secret in the Pacific Northwest. Aardsma is being actively shopped, and while Boston was an option, the Rockies were also mentioned as a potential destination as well.

    Aardsma might not be moved right now, but he'll be traded before July if the Mariners fall out of it.

12. Matt Garza, SP, Tampa Bay

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws against the Texas Rangers during game 3 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Garza was the big-name pitcher Tampa shopped around as the payroll is getting slashed, and while nothing is imminent, he's a player to watch.

    Garza's spot in the rotation can be filled by a few guys inside the Tampa system, and he might be the most expendable out of all the starters Tampa has.

11. Kyle Drabek, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Kyle Drabek #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws agianst the New York Yankees during an MLB game at the Rogers Centre September 28, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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    Drabek was one of the key pieces the Blue Jays got back for Roy Halladay, but he was supposedly dangled with Snider in a rumored Greinke deal. With Shaun Marcum traded and the Greinke deal falling through, most likely the Jays will hang on to Drabek. But he's a nice chip to have to turn into a big pitcher, should the Jays and Rogers Communications (who own the Jays) choose to make a move.

10. Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jesus Montero #83 of the New York Yankees poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 25, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    In a few months, Montero's run the gamut of job security. He's gone from almost traded to starter-in-waiting to possibly being traded again.

    He's the biggest and most attractive prospect the Yankees have and can trade, and unless he can beat out Russell Martin at catcher, he might be on his way out before he ever makes his way to the Bronx.

9. Mark Buehrle, SP, Chicago White Sox

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    BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 05:  Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox reacts after giving up a two run homer to Victor Martinez of the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning on September 5, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Ima
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    He's one of the better pitchers in White Sox history, and he's done a lot for the organization. But he's also in the last year of his contract and the White Sox are looking to cut salary.

    He'd bring the most back in a trade, but he's also the hardest to trade, if not for his contract but for what he's meant to the team and the fanbase.

8. Joakim Soria, RP, Kansas City

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15:  Pitcher Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals  in action during the game against the New York Yankees on August 15, 2010 at Kauffman stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    He's the best reliever to be had, and the speculation now is that with Greinke gone, Soria will be the next to go. Supposedly, the Yankees are already interested.

    Obviously the Royals are saying he won't be going anywhere. But if the fire sale does happen, the interest in Soria will go through the roof.

7. Justin Upton, OF, Arizona

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    PHOENIX - AUGUST 30:  Justin Upton #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after striking out during the Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field on August 30, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 7-2
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    Justin Upton is perhaps the most interesting case, since the Diamondbacks were considering trading him and there was a rumor about pairing him with his brother. Right now, the Diamondbacks are saying he won't be going anywhere, but he would definitely bring a large haul for Arizona.

    Why they would trade Upton is beyond me, though.

6. Heath Bell, RP, San Diego

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 01:  Heath Bell #21 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on October 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Since the Padres already traded Adrian Gonzalez, they will probably be wary of trading away the only asset and marketing tool they have left. But Bell is a very attractive option to a lot of teams looking for a closer and he's quietly become one of the better ones.

    Bell will probably be moved at some point this season.

5. Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Mets

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets in action against the Atlanta Braves during their game on September 18, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Ima
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    Beltran supposedly has gotten a lot of interest this offseason, but the Mets are willing to hold on to him. That might change by July, but a lot will have to happen.

    Beltran will have to prove that he's healthy and that he can return to the player he was before his injury. The Mets will also have to find a team that can take that salary, as well. 

4. Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets drops a pop fly hit by Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning on September 30, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by
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    Reyes is an attractive, but unlikely, trade candidate. The Mets need to replenish the farm system and according to a report, anyone can be had.

    Reyes has a big contract and also would be hard to move. But it's becoming more and more of a likely scenario that the Mets will at least be willing to listen.

3. David Wright, 3B, New York Mets

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Third baseman David Wright #5 of the New York Mets stands in the on deck circle during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 7-3. (Phot
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    A Wright trade might be as, if not more, unlikely than a Reyes trade. But if the Mets and new GM Sandy Alderson are serious about cleaning house, then it's an option. He'd bring a lot of value and impact prospects in return and perhaps a change of scenery would give him his mojo back.

    But it's an option. An extreme option, to be fair, but an option they have to think about.

2. Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 05:  Starter Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on August 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    The Yankees are already calling about Hernandez, and have already been turned down. Hernandez would be a huge trade chip, and the Mariners would get a lot in return, even more than Cliff Lee. But that's an extreme scenario and I doubt the Mariners will trade King Felix unless they absolutely have to.

    It doesn't mean they can't listen, however.

1. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee

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    TOKYO - DECEMBER 15:  Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers coaches a member of the baseball club in batting skills while visiting Minamisuna Junior High School as part of the Major League Baseball (MLB) International Ambassador program to promote the g
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    I know Doug Melvin has said Fielder's staying put for right now. But I'm not buying Milwaukee as a contender, although Greinke and Marcum are a big upgrade in the rotation.

    That being said, he's still got one year left on his contract. If it falls flat in Milwaukee, then what will Melvin do when he has to decide about whether or not to trade Fielder?

    When it's all said and done, I still feel Fielder will be moved sooner or later.