MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Players on the Block Who Shouldn't Be Moved
The 2011 MLB trade deadline is approaching rather quickly while trade speculation galore has been flooding the news-wires.
It's easy to speculate where a player might go simply because it's about plugging in holes on other teams. If a contender is in need of a shortstop, there is a good chance any potentially available shortstops will be linked to that team.
The fact is, in many cases the speculated trades do not make sense to the teams holding the rights to those respective players—whether considering the teams financial state or their future contention.
Here are five players apparently on the trade block that shouldn't be moved.
5. Colby Rasmus: St. Louis Cardinals
There have been rumors aplenty coming out of St. Louis about a possible departure of young outfielder Colby Rasmus.
We've heard everything from Rasmus wants out, to he doesn't get along with manager Tony LaRussa. Quite frankly, trading the young buck would make absolutely no sense.
The Cardinals are in the midst of a possible pennant run and Rasmus is one of the better young centerfielders in the game. He is coming off of a stellar 2010 season that saw him launch 23 long-balls while accumulating a plus-4.3 oWAR.
Consider the fact that he is still in his arbitration years and is still in the six-figure salary range—why would the Cardinals send the 24 year-old packing?
With a possible Albert Pujols departure at the end of the season, the Cards' need to hold onto their young slugger and give him a chance to come into his own.
4. Andre Ethier: Los Angeles Dodgers
Stating that the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of financial uncertainty is like beating a dead horse—we all know this by now.
The historic franchise will be back on its feet soon and there is no better player to resurrect the struggling organization than Andre Ethier.
There have been rumors that GM Ned Colletti has been trying to lock up Ethier and fellow outfielder Matt Kemp to long-term deals. We've also heard that at least one of them could be moved by the July 31 trade deadline.
If they need to move one of the two, let it be Kemp. Ethier is the kind of player you build a franchise around.
Once the ownership issues are resolved and they can restore a payroll to that of a typical Los Angeles-based franchise, Ethier will be the guy to lead the Dodgers back to glory.
3. Francisco Liriano: Minnesota Twins
Disappointment is the lone word that can describe the Minnesota Twins 2011 season. A season which began with hopes of finally getting through the first round of the AL Playoffs seemed to end before it could even begin.
Joe Mauer can't seem to get healthy and Justin Morneau may as well be on the DL with him. Francisco Liriano, however, provided a historic moment to the Twins' franchise by pitching a no-hitter in the seasons' first month.
Liriano has been linked in various trade rumors for a couple of seasons now—frequently being called a good fit with the Yankees. In my opinion, it behooves the Twins to hold on to Liriano at this point.
The Twins have owned the AL Central for most of the last decade and—once healthy—they should continue their domination. If the San Francisco Giants proved anything last year it's that pitching wins championships.
Sending away their top starter—who still has one more arbitration-eligible year—could prevent the Twinkies from making a run next season.
2. Dan Haren: Los Angeles Angels
Dan Haren has been the hottest pitching name on the trade speculation boards over the last month—and rightfully so.
Who wouldn't want a pitcher with a 2.41 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00? The fact is, Jered Weaver and Haren form one of the best one-two punches in all of MLB. With a 2013 team option, Haren will cost the Angels less than $28 million over the next two seasons.
With all the young talent in Los Angeles this season and the Mike Trout era set to begin in 2012, the Angels need to continue adding to their core and not subtracting.
I'll say it again: Championships are won with pitching. Keeping their top two starters around while shedding the bloated contracts of guys like Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu is the best way for the Angels to get back into contention now and in the future.
1. Jose Reyes: New York Mets
People have been speculating on where Jose Reyes would be playing come July since before the season even began. Heck, even I have joined in on the speculation at times.
The fact is, this is a New York-based franchise. Even with financial uncertainty surrounding the beleaguered franchise, they still have plenty of money.
Beltran and his massive contract will be off the books by the end of the season—if not sooner—and combined with other payroll coming off the books, the Mets should have some extra cash lying around to lock up their shortstop for a few more years.
Reyes is arguably the best shortstop in MLB. Letting him go would be a giant mistake.
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