MLB Trade Rumors: Prince Fielder and 10 Big-Name Players Who Could Be Moved
The MLB trade deadline is the most exciting deadline in all of sports. In no other league do teams move superstars at the rate they do in baseball.
Last season, the biggest-name players dealt were pitchers Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt. Who will be the big names this season?
These are the 10 big-name players who could be moved at the deadline in 2011.
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The San Diego Padres find themselves at the bottom of the NL West, and there looks to be no sign that they will fight their way out.
A team as bad as the Padres usually looks to move some players to contenders in exchange for prospects. Since San Diego is worthless offensively, expect teams to tap into their pitching staff.
Closer Heath Bell is one of the most underrated relievers in the game. He would be a great addition to any team trying to bolster the bullpen.
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In his prime, Carlos Beltran was one of the best players in baseball. He could run, field, hit and throw. Beltran had it all.
Beltran has lost a step over the years, but he can still hit.
He currently has an average of .279, eight homers and 25 RBI.
Last time Beltran was traded at the deadline, in 2004 to Houston, he made a big impact in the playoffs. He belted weight jacks and knocked in 14 runs in just 12 games.
Teams will be hoping Beltran has one more epic playoff performance left in him.
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With Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, the Phillies have their playoff rotation set. So Blanton’s value will diminish greatly once the team finally reaches October.
The Phillies should dish Blanton for an extra bat to help them in the playoffs.
Their offense has been disappointing so far; some of the reason could be due to the injury of Chase Utley. Regardless, you can never have too many clutch hitters in the playoffs.
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The name you keep seeing pop up regarding trade rumors is Prince Fielder.
If might be tough to pry Fielder away from the Brewers, who feel they have a shot in the NL Central this season. They would probably demand players who could help them right away along with prospects.
Fielder is one of the best sluggers in baseball and is putting up productive numbers. He is batting .277 with 11 big flies and 37 runs batted in.
It would be interesting to see a deal involving Fielder to go down, but I will not put money on it.
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Vladimir Guerrero does not have the power he once had, but he is still an elite hitter.
Guerrero is currently batting .309 with five homers and 19 runs batted in. By no means as good as numbers in his prime, but still productive.
In the tough AL East, it is unlikely the Orioles will be in the race in a month or two, so Guerrero will more than likely be traded. He will be one of the best bats available come July.
The Astros have the worst record in the National League, and there is not a glimmer of hope for the 2011 squad. They might as well dump off their older talent for anything they can get at this point.
Carlos Lee is nowhere near the player he used to be. He is batting just .242 with just four jacks and 25 runs batted in.
He will not make a huge impact on playoff lineup, but he is still a nice piece to have. If nothing else, Lee is a veteran bat that you can use off the pine.
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Brett Myers has made a career out of being an innings-eater who is good, but not quite great.
He will more than likely find himself pitching near the end of a playoff contender’s rotation late in the season.
Last season, he was very effective, he went 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA. However, this year, he has not had quite the same success.
Myers currently is 1-4 with an ERA at 5.00.
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J.J. Putz has been the reliable closer that the Diamondbacks have lacked since Jose Valverde came out of the pen.
He is currently putting up great numbers with a 1.80 ERA and 13 saves.
Unless the Diamondbacks somehow are contenders for the NL West once July rolls around, I can't see them holding on to Putz. He has been reliable his whole career and would be a godsend for a contender.
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Before injuries started to slow up his career, Reyes appeared to be becoming one of the top shortstops in baseball.
But now healthy, Reyes is having one of the best seasons of his career so far. He is batting a league-high .314 and currently leads the NL in triples and is second in hits and stolen bases.
As one of the best leadoff hitters alive, Reyes brings a lot to the table. Expect teams to be offering plenty of big prospects for the shortstop.
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It seems as if there have been trading talks involving Michael Young for the past decade, and he never gets traded.
However maybe, just maybe, this could finally be the year.
Young has been hitting the cover off the ball all season long. He is batting .348 and has 31 runs batted in.
With his versatility in the infield, Young would be an asset on both an American and National League team.
The question still remains though─ will the Rangers finally pull the trigger?