MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Jose Reyes and 17 Players Who Could Be Rentals

Jacob SmallContributor IIIJuly 15, 2011

MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Jose Reyes and 17 Players Who Could Be Rentals

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    MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 9: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets throws against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 9, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mets defeated the Brewers 4-1. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    At every trade deadline, teams that are no longer in contention trade away players with expiring contracts to teams that are looking to make a playoff push.

    These trades can be risky as it can be tough to re-sign, and a team may have to give away valuable prospects, but if a team acquires an expiring contract, manages to make the playoffs and convinces their new star to stay, these can be a great deals.

    These are 17 players who may be traded as rentals at the deadline and where they could end up. I based my results on teams that could be interested and the most likely destination on team need and whether they are contending only, unless there was a rumor that indicated otherwise.

Ivan Rodriguez, C WAS

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 03:  Catcher Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Washington Nationals in action during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Nationals 4-0.
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Most Likely Destination: San Francisco Giants

    What Washington Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Pudge is a veteran leader who could be a solid addition to any playoff contender, especially one with a young pitching staff. The Angels are in need of catching help but more on the offensive end. Rodriquez wouldn't be a great fit here.

    San Francisco, on the other hand, needs a catcher, and if the Nationals aren't asking to much, Pudge could wind up there.

Prince Fielder, 1B MIL

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Anaheim Angles, Texas Rangers, San Fransisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees

    Most Likely Destination: Texas Rangers

    What Milwaukee Will Want in Return: A player that can contribute now and control long term

    Texas has a big hole at first base and could use another big bat in their lineup. Cleveland and Arizona are both more focused on building their young team, while the Giants will be more focused on the catching situation. The Angels could make a serious offer but won't have much to trade. The Twins could be interested, but they rarely make these kinds of moves.

    This would be a tricky trade because Milwaukee will want to try to stay in the race without being left empty-handed this offseason (besides a couple draft picks.) The Yankees won't have much talent they are willing to give up that is ready now, but Texas has a certain disgruntled utility infielder who could be the centerpiece of a potential trade.

    Prince staying in Milwaukee is still likely.

Derrek Lee, 1B BAL

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Derrick Lee #25 of the Baltimore Orioles takes a swing against the Chicago Whiute Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Cleveland Indians, Anaheim Angles, Texas Rangers, San Fransisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks

    Most Likely Destination: San Francisco Giants

    What Baltimore Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Lee will go to the runner-up in the Prince Fielder sweepstakes. He's eight years older and isn't nearly the impact player he once was but could still give a team a boost.

    Cleveland and Arizona aren't likely buyers in this market. The Angels may also go after him, but San Francisco's need for a first baseman is more dire, and while the catcher situation may keep them from landing Prince, they could be the leading candidates to get Lee.

Jose Reyes, SS NYM

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets turns a double play over the slide of Matt Downs #16 of the Houston Astros at Citi Field on April 21, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Lah
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, San Fransisco Giants

    Most Likely Destination: St. Louis Cardinals

    What New York Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Reyes would be a good fit in Atlanta and Milwaukee, but Atlanta is more looking towards the future and Milwaukee won't have much to offer (besides Prince Fielder, who the Mets won't be interested in.)

    Boston will likely inquire about Reyes, but Jed Lowrie was playing well until he was injured.

    That leaves St. Louis, who probably will be buyers the deadline in an effort to make a last run with Albert Pujols or try to convince him to stay with a deep playoff run.

Marco Scutaro, SS BOS

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 20:  Marco Scutaro #10 of the Boston Red Sox in action against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 20, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds

    Most Likely Destination: Cincinnati Reds

    What Boston Will Want in Return: Pitching or a Right Fielder

    Marco Scutaro has played well so far this season for the Red Sox. While he's only been an average hitter, he's been a very good fielder at a key position filling in for the injured Jed Lowrie.

    If the Red Sox aren't sure Lowrie can be healthy they won't deal Scutaro, but if Lowrie is doing well and they think they can get something good in return in right field or on the mound, they will likely deal him.

Rafael Furcal, SS LAD

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 18:  Rafael Furcal #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays against the San Francisco Giants during the baseball game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 18, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds

    Most Likely Destination: Milwaukee Brewers

    What Los Angeles Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Despite only hitting .185 in 24 games this season, Furcal has been a solid contributor in the past and a marginal playoff team may take a chance on him.

    His trade value will be low because he is only the second or third-best shortstop rental, depending on who's available and because of his poor performance this year.

    This works out well for the Brewers, who have a gaping hole at shortstop, but don't have much to offer.

Carlos Beltran, OF NYM

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets folows through on his third inning three run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 2, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Me
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, San Fransisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves

    Most Likely Destination: Detroit Tigers

    What New York Will Want in Return: Prospects

    With Carlos Beltran's contract ending and the Mets looking to rebuild, they will almost certainly be looking to trade him. The Tigers could use another big bat in their lineup, and Carlos Beltran could be that bat.

    A variety of teams would be interested in a player of Beltran's caliber, but the Tigers would likely be the most eager to acquire him.

Ryan Ludwick, LF SDP

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06:  Ryan Ludwick #47 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Oakland Athletics during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Most Likely Destination: Cincinnati Reds

    What San Diego Will Want in Return: Prospects or Chris Heisey

    Ludwick isn't what he was in 2008, but he can still be a solid contributor.

    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports that a trade with the Reds has already been offered and could happen soon. A variety of teams have corner outfield needs and could be interested in the recently turned 33-year-old Ludwick.

Luke Scott, LF BAL

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    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 12:  Luke Scott #30 of the Baltimore Orioles at the plate against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 12, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies

    Most Likely Destination: 

    What Baltimore Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Baltimore will want prospects, but it's unlikely they will get anyone good. Scott might help a team plug a hole down the stretch or be a pretty good fourth outfielder, but he isn't at the level that would make him worthy of giving up a good prospect.

    In the end, Baltimore may wind up keeping him and hoping he gets them a sandwich-round pick as a type B free agent.

Vladimir Guerrero, DH BAL

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 10:  Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Baltimore Orioles at the plate against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: New York Yankees

    Most Likely Destination: New York Yankees

    What Baltimore Will Want in Return: Prospects

    This is a perfect match. With Jorge Posada not performing this year, although he is walking enough to keep his OBP over .300, the Yankees will want to aquire a bat at the DH spot after losing out on the Prince Fielder sweepstakes.

    They also might not have much competition, as New York is the only team with a real need at DH, and Guerrero demonstrated in the 2010 World Series that he cannot play the outfield anymore. 

Jason Marquis, SP WAS

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 05:  Starting pitcher Jason Marquis #21 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on June 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty I
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals

    Most Likely Destination: New York Yankees

    What Washington Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Marquis is the top pitcher among rentals available this year, and the Yankees desperately need rotation help. They won't give the Nationals one of their top end prospects, but they could get a lower-end prospect for him.

    Other teams may make a push, but the Yankees will want him more and will be willing to offer more.

Bruce Chen, SP KCR

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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 24:  Pitcher Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals

    Most Likely Destination: Cincinnati Reds

    What Kansas City Will Want in Return: Near-Ready Players

    Kansas City is getting ready to be able to compete, but at 34, Chen won't be in their long-term plans. Chen recently came back from the DL and has pitched fairly well, allowing nine earned runs in 23 innings over four starts.

    The Reds have a good team that can compete in the central, but they haven't gotten much contribution from their starters.

Livan Hernandez, SP WAS

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28:  Livan Hernandez #61 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 28, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals

    Most Likely Destination: Atlanta Braves

    What Washington Will Want in Return: Prospects

    The Braves are in need of a workhouse starter, and that is exactly what Livan Hernandez is. He has thrown at least 180 innings since 1998, his first full year in the big leagues. He has thrown 200 innings in 10 of those years.

    The Nationals will want prospects, and with one of the best farm systems in baseball, the Braves will be able to accommodate that.

Jonathan Papelbon, CL BOS

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 22: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates the win over the Chicago Cubs on May 22, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  Before this series, the two teams haven't played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds

    Most Likely Destination: Stays in Boston

    What Boston Will Want in Return: Right Field, Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching

    This trade is far from a sure thing. The Red Sox are serious contenders this year, and if they aren't sure that Daniel Bard or someone they acquire at the deadline can get the job done as the closer, they will hang on to Papelbon and hope to re-sign him to a somewhat reasonable contract this offseason.

    While the Red Sox will shop Papelbon, it is most likely that he stays in Boston through the end of the year, even if they do have confidence in Bard. The Red Sox will hope that a deep playoff run will keep Papelbon in town.

Heath Bell, CL SDP

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 31: Reliever Heath Bell #21 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Busch Stadium on March 31, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds

    Most Likely Destination: Philadelphia Phillies

    What San Diego Will Want in Return: Prospects

    It has been rumored that both St. Louis (via ESPN's Buster Olney) and Texas (from CBS Sports' Scott Miller) have already inquired about Bell, who has been lights out since taking over the closer's role from all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman. In his three years of closing, he has a 2.32 ERA and 106 saves.

    The Phillies lost their closer Brad Lidge at the beginning of the season and have had other injury problems with their bullpen this year. They are serious title contenders and will need a reliable closer down the stretch.

    The Red Sox and Rangers could also make runs at Bell.

Jonathan Broxton, CL LAD

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  Closer Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs  on May 2, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Broxton picked up the save as the Dodgers won 5-2.
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds

    Most Likely Destination: Philadelphia Phillies

    What Los Angeles Will Want in Return: Prospects

    Jonathan Broxton hasn't pitched since May 3, but he could be a decent consolation prize to the runner-up for Heath Bell. Broxton was a dominant setup man/closer for the Dodgers from 2006 to 2009 compiling a 2.79 ERA during those years.

    If he comes back and performs well, he could be the steal of the deadline.

    The Phillies don't have a closer right now and will make a run at Broxton if they think he can stay healthy.

Hideki Okajima, RP BOS

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 15:  Relief pitcher Hideki Okajima #37 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 15, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Teams That Could Be Interested: Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds

    Most Likely Destination: None

    What Boston Will Want in Return (but won't get): Right Field and Pitching

    After a great 2007-2008, Hideki Okajima has struggled to contribute in Boston's bullpen. He has been pitching well in AAA, and Boston would be wise to leave him there and prevent poor outings in the bigs from hurting his trade value.

    One possible reason Okajima has struggled is that he has a very deceptive wind-up, where he doesn't even look where he is throwing. AL hitters may have figured out this wind-up, but NL hitters haven't seen him much.