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MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Moves to Help Teams Win Division

J. David LeeContributor IIIMay 12, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Moves to Help Teams Win Division

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 07:  Manager Joe Girardi #28 takes out Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees in the 5th inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    It's getting to be the time of year when baseball teams start to show just what they are.

    They may hit in April or pitch poorly in May, but by June 1, most clubs know where they stand.

    That's the time to look at the moves that could be made to catch up to division leaders.

    It could be a team needs to make a move to stay on top.

    It's also a time when teams can unload a star that's in his walk year and get something in return for a contender.

    Here are four moves that could win the division for their teams.

Cincinnati Reds: Move Aroldis Chapman to the Rotation

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 10:  Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 10-8
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    What the Reds need is a dominating arm.

    Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake are both great pitchers.

    But they instill fear in no one.

    Both are soft throwers that get by with hitting spots.

    Edison Volquez has electric stuff but has an ERA near 6.

    Chapman could be the power arm to make the difference.

St. Louis Cardinals: Sign Albert Pujols Already!

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 8: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the on deck circle against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on May 8, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Sure, this doesn't seem to make sense. After all, unless they move him, Albert is obligated to finish the season with the Cardinals.

    This move, though, would eliminate any doubt that Pujols will finish his career as a Cardinal.

    He could just relax and concern himself with crushing baseballs, which is what the Big Fella does best.

    It would also take the issue out of the minds of all of his teammates, allowing them to concentrate on playing good baseballs.

    It might even help LaRussa's shingles.

Atlanta Braves: Rent Carlos Beltran

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets follows through on a fifth inning two run home run against the San Francisco Giants on May 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo b
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    Beltran is probably not the most sought-after free agent after this season, but he may be someone who could be had for a steal, if only to rent him for the rest of the season.

    Nate McLouth is just not getting it done in center field for the Bravos. He's hitting under .260 and he's on pace to strike out 130 times. You can accept those numbers if he adds 30 bombs but not for a guy with only one steal.

    Beltran still has some production left. He may strike out as much as McLouth, but he's hitting .285 and is on pace to hit 30 home runs and drive in 120.

    That would add some punch that may make the difference in the NL East race.

New York Yankees : Make a Run at Mark Buehrle

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    CLEVELAND - APRIL 01:  Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against  the Cleveland Indians during the Opening Day game on April 1, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Although he's off to a pedestrian start, Mark Buehrle would be perfect for Yankee Stadium. He pitches to contact and keeps hitters off balance. In spacious Yankee Stadium, a crafty lefty should be very effective.

    Let's face it. If the Bombers have moved Bartolo Colon into their rotation, they could use a big time pitcher that didn't need to have stem cells injected into his arm.

    The Yankees have the prospects to get Buehrle and the money to sign and extend him.

    The White Sox should be willing to deal him since he's a free agent after 2011.

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