MLB Trade Speculation: 3 Best Players Potentially Available at Every Position

John RozumCorrespondent IJune 13, 2011

MLB Trade Speculation: 3 Best Players Potentially Available at Every Position

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets in action against the Washington Nationals during their game on April 10, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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    Regardless of your city or favorite team, trade speculation is always a solid topic at the water cooler.

    And much like every other year, 2011 is no different when it comes to how exciting the trade deadline can be.

    That being said, some of these players may surprise you. Others, well, maybe not so much.

    In any event, you'll see that there are some struggling and others dominating.

    The reason? It's all a part of the grand scheme of things when it comes to trading so you can make a run at the Fall Classic.

    So, follow me into the abyss that is MLB trade speculation (it's safe I swear).  

Nick Blackburn: Starting Pitcher, Minnesota Twins

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 28: Nick Blackburn #53 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during in the first inning of their game on April 28, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    RECORD: 5-4

    ERA: 3.47

    STRIKEOUTS: 46

    INNINGS: 83.0

    After all their misfortunes in 2011, putting Nick Blackburn on the market isn't too bad of an idea.

    He's having a career year, but the Twins could really build for the future by getting some prospects for him.

Aaron Harang: Starting Pitcher, San Diego Padres

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 9:  Aaron Harang #41 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game Washington Nationals at Petco Park on June 9, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    RECORD: 7-2

    ERA: 3.71

    STRIKEOUTS: 55

    INNINGS: 80.0

    The first of three Padre pitchers on the list, so much for having solid pitching, because offense is needed as well.

    That said, dealing Aaron Harang could raise some eyebrows and get San Diego a few prospects or some already-established offensive fire-power.

Paul Maholm: Starting Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02:  Paul Maholm #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates deals a first inning pitch against the New York Mets on June 2, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 9-8.
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    RECORD: 2-7

    ERA: 3.39

    STRIKEOUTS: 54

    INNINGS: 82.1

    Even though the Pirates are arguably having their best season in what seems like forever, making a move to trade Paul Maholm wouldn't hurt.

    They also should just deal him now for some prospects, because Pittsburgh is still a few steps back when it comes to the bats.

Joel Peralta: Reliever, Tampa Bay Rays

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    FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Joel Peralta #62 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day on February 22, 2011 at the Charlotte Sports Complex in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    HOLDS: 10 

    ERA: 3.69

    STRIKEOUTS: 23

    INNINGS: 31.2

    Chances are the Rays won't catch either Boston or New York this season, even though they're right on the cusp.

    Therefore, shipping Joel Peralta elsewhere can maybe enhance the Rays' chances in the long-run.

Todd Coffey: Reliever, Washington Nationals

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08:  Closing pitcher Todd Coffey #60 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch against the New York Mets during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City.  (Photo by
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    HOLDS: Four

    ERA: 2.22

    STRIKEOUTS: 23

    INNINGS: 24.1

    Even though the Nationals have improved, they could build their future potential even more by trading away Todd Coffey.

    Not to mention this is his walk year, so Washington could get some solid players for him.

Mike Adams: Reliever, San Diego Padres

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    SAN DIEGO, CA-JUNE 3: Mike Adams #37 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Petco Park on June 3, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    HOLDS: 11

    ERA: 1.26

    STRIKEOUTS: 33

    INNINGS: 28.2

    If there are any teams in the need of a nice set-up man, the Padres have an excellent amount of leverage.

    Any team looking to snatch Mike Adams from San Diego, well, will have to pay a pretty penny.

Kyle Farnsworth: Closer, Tampa Bay Rays

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 06:  Kyle Farnsworth #43 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in relief in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 6, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Rays defeated t
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    SAVES: 14

    ERA: 1.13

    STRIKEOUTS: 16

    INNINGS: 24.0

    It's been better late then never for that stellar break-out year, and this is it for the 35 year old-Kyle Farnsworth.

    That said, Tampa Bay could gain some future ground by getting some younger talent in turn for him.

Francisco Rodriguez: Closer, New York Mets

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. New York won the game 6-4.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    SAVES: 18

    ERA: 2.90

    STRIKEOUTS: 34

    INNINGS: 31.0

    As difficult as it would for the Mets to deal away Francisco Rodriguez, they may have to, even if it's just for financial purposes.

    Also, they could get some sweet prospects in return if they put him up for grabs.

Heath Bell: Closer, San Diego Padres

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Heath Bell #21 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  The Padres defeated the Dodgers 3-1.  (Photo by Jeff G
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    SAVES: 17

    ERA: 2.33

    STRIKEOUTS: 22

    INNINGS: 27.0

    Currently, Heath Bell is arguably the best closer in the bigs.

    He's definitely a needed piece for the Pads', but he has also been a part of trade talk for a while.

    It should be interesting to see if he ends up moving this summer.

Michael Cuddyer: DH, Minnesota Twins

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    TORONTO - JULY 8: Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins hits a home run during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at The Rogers Centre July 8, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .273

    HOMERUNS: Nine

    HITS: 62

    RBI: 26

    The Twins are bad, he's heading into a free agent year, he makes double that of Jason Kubel, and is one of their more versatile players.

    I'd be surprised if Michael Cuddyer remains in Minnesota, and he could fit almost anywhere.

Vladimir Guerrero: DH, Baltimore Orioles

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 11:  Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Baltimore Orioles walks to the dugout after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .282

    HOMERUNS: Six

    HITS: 69

    RBI: 26

    For as good a time the Orioles have had in accompanying Vladimir Guerrero around Camden Yards/Baltimore, the time is up.

    Vlad could get them some younger prospects, and he could significantly help a team in a playoff race.

Michael Young: DH, Texas Rangers

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 17: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers slides into 2nd base against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Rangers 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .306

    HOMERUNS: Three

    HITS: 79

    RBI: 40

    There's been talk of Michael Young going elsewhere since before the season even started, and this article is no different.

    However, we pull a 180 degree turn and say that although he's available, the Rangers will keep him.

    But, that doesn't mean there won't be continued discussion or even some entertaining going on.

    This should one should be fun.

Josh Willingham: LF, Oakland Athletics

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics rounds the bases after he hit a two run home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 1, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ez
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .235

    HOMERUNS: 10

    HITS: 50

    RBI: 41

    Don't be surprised if Josh Willingham's name comes up as the deadline approaches, but don't be surprised if he remains in Oakland.

    They need offense, and he's their best bet.

    But if he gets traded, that team will be getting a solid power hitter in the making. 

Carlos Lee: LF, Houston Astros

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    CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros hits a ball that would have been a home run but was caught above the outfield wall by Drew Stubbs of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 28, 2010 in Cincinnati, O
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .274

    HOMERUNS: Five

    HITS: 66 

    RBI: 35

    Just based on his gi-gundo (that'll be a word sooner or later) contract alone, the Astros should enter Carlos Lee into the trade market.

    Additionally, maybe Houston could eat part of the contract in order to make him more appealing.

Alex Gordon: LF, Kansas City Royals

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 31:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases during the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 31, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .285

    HOMERUNS: Seven

    HITS: 75

    RBI: 36

    After a slow start to his career, Alex Gordon has raised his play for the Royals in 2011.

    Could it be because he'll be eligible for arbitration, and thus, a hefty pay raise for 2012?

    K.C. fans can only hope NOT for the latter, so if he's traded, keep your jaw intact because it won't be a surprise.

Carlos Beltran: RF, New York Mets

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets rounds the bases on his third home run of the game off of Matt Lindstrom of the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Beltran had three homeru
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .287

    HOMERUNS: Nine

    HITS: 64 

    RBI: 39

    Excluding their financial status, the Mets could definitely still get something for Carlos Beltran.

    Now include their financial status, and they need to get something for Beltran before he becomes a free agent.

Andre Ethier: RF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up before playing against the New York Mets on May 7, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Ethier is currently on a 30 game hittin
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .321

    HOMERUNS: Five

    HITS: 76

    RBI: 32

    The fact that Andre Ethier had a 30-game hit streak earlier only makes him that much more appealing.

    And since he'll most likely be gone after 2012, it'll be better to get some potential for him in return.

Carlos Quentin:RF, Chicago White Sox

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 07: Carlos Quentin # 20 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run homer against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning on June 7, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .269

    HOMERUNS: 17

    HITS: 63

    RBI: 47

    With Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko having an uncharacteristic season, Carlos Quentin has stolen the spotlight.

    But since he's arbitration eligible, the ultimate payday is awaiting.

    Therefore, your jaw can now drop to the floor based on what the White Sox get for him in return.

    This will be very interesting. 

Grady Sizemore: CF, Cleveland Indians

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    CLEVELAND - APRIL 17:  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians trots around third base after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the game on April 17, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Ge
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .254

    HOMERUNS: Seven

    HITS: 33 

    RBI: 17

    Even though this one will kill Tribe fans, the injury-prone Grady Sizemore may need to be dealt before the deadline.

    When healthy, he's very productive, but getting some young and upcoming prospects may be the answer in the long-term. 

Colby Rasmus: CF, St. Louis Cardinals

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Colby Rasmus #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .265

    HOMERUNS: Five

    HITS: 62 

    RBI: 27

    From a baseball standpoint, it's almost seems almost ludacris for the Cardinals to trade Colby Rasmus.

    However, he's had his run-ins with Tony LaRussa and St. Louis, and much of the credit is always going to go to Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, and Matt Holliday.

    He'll be in some discussions, and shouldn't go anywhere.

    That said, you never know when looking at it from the business standpoint.

Coco Crisp: CF, Oakland Athetics

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    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 17:  Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics hits a single to score Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the Oakland Athletics in the second inning of their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 17, 20
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .258

    HOMERUNS: Two

    HITS: 60

    RBI: 20

    The most intriguing aspect of Coco Crisp is his ability as a lead-off hitter.

    The A's are struggling, and their outfield may get completely revamped even though they're all rather solid.

    Crisp is no exception. Add in his glove, and any team could use Coco to set the tone.

Prince Fielder: 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers fields a bunt by Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field on May 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .305

    HOMERUNS: 19

    HITS: 72

    RBI: 58

    It's hard to have already recognized the trade speculation of Prince Fielder.

    It's also tough to picture the Brew Crew without him at first base.

    That said, if a trade goes down, there's going to be a lot on the table.

    But if someone does deal for him, it'll be worth it.

Carlos Pena: 1B, Chicago Cubs

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    CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 08:  Carlos Pena #22  of the Chicago Cubs is at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 8, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .216

    HOMERUNS: Nine

    HITS: 41 

    RBI: 30

    Definitely a guy who likes to order a few jacks, Carlos Pena will most likely be out of the Windy City this summer.

    With that, he could be a solid force on a team needing to increase their RBI total.

Michael Morse: 1B, Washington Nationals

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 10:  Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer hits during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on June 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .300

    HOMERUNS: 10

    HITS: 54

    RBI: 36

    It's highly unlikely that the Nationals even entertain anyone wanting to deal for Michael Morse, but we all know anything can happen.

    He's a solid hitter and has come into his own as 2011 has progressed.

    He shouldn't go, but his name may pop-up sooner than later.

Jose Reyes: SS, New York Mets

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 11:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 11, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .346

    HOMERUNS: Three

    HITS: 94

    RBI: 25

    It almost seems impossible that Jose Reyes won't be traded at this point.

    And although it would be very detrimental to Mets fans everywhere, the franchise's financial status alone doesn't set any current player in stone for the future.

    However, it would be interesting to see him stay after all the build-up.

Edgar Renteria: SS, Cincinnati Reds

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 09:  Edgar Renteria #16 of the Cincinnati Reds waves to the crowd after he received his World Series Championship ring that he won while playing for the San Francisco Giants last year before the Reds game against the Giants at AT&
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .238

    HOMERUNS: Zero

    HITS: 24

    RBI: 10

    Although he's old, Edgar Renteria would be a solid utility player for anyone willing to bring in some veteran post-season experience.

    Cincinnati wouldn't get too much for him, but anything to get them back in contention will do.

Clint Barmes: SS, Houston Astros

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    HOUSTON - MAY 24:  Shortstop Clint Barmes #12 of the Houston Astros fields a ground ball during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on May 24, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .217

    HOMERUNS: Three

    HITS: 30

    RBI: Seven

    Clint Barmes is a seasoned vet combined with an excellent level of versatility.

    He's been good for the Astros, but with Angel Sanchez getting more playing time, multiple teams should be knocking at the door with more than just the daily newspaper.

David Wright: 3B, New York Mets

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 18:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets in action against The New York Yankees during their game on June 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .226

    HOMERUNS: Six

    HITS: 33

    RBI: 18

    Surprised that another New York Met makes the list?

    Although David Wright has been arguably their best player, he will definitely get the Mets a solid deal in a trade.

    A lot just depends on which direction they want to go in the midst of this financial situation.

Wilson Betemit: 3B, Kansas City Royals

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    MESA, AZ - MARCH 09:  Wilson Betemit #24 of the Kansas City Royals at bat against the Chicago Cubs during the spring training baseball game at HoHoKam Stadium on March 9, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .289

    HOMERUNS: Two

    HITS: 52 

    RBI: 23

    The youth of a nation is taking over in K.C., and Wilson Betemit's time is almost up.

    Yes, he's only 29 years old, but with the potential of current Triple-A third-baseman Mike Moustakas and the Royals' pitching issues, dealing away Betemit should happen.

Aramis Ramirez: 3B, Chicago Cubs

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    CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 7: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs rounds third base on his way to scoring a run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 7, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Cubs 8-2.
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .283

    HOMERUNS: Four

    HITS: 63

    RBI: 26

    This looks intriguing because of the no-trade clause part in his contract, BUT struggling in Chicago again could sway him out.

    However, chances are he stays and keeps his sexy payday.

Brandon Phillips: 2B, Cincinnati Reds

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 29:  Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 29, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .289

    HOMERUNS: Five

    HITS: 72

    RBI: 36

    It's unlikely to happen but not out of the realm of impossibility that Brandon Phillips will come up at some point.

    However, it'll only be a small window, and unless the Reds somehow are proposed an upgrade, Cincinnati fans can sigh in relief.

Jack Wilson: 2B, Seattle Mariners

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 06:  Jack Wilson #44 of the Seattle Mariners hits the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Mariners 3-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .237

    HOMERUNS: Zero

    HITS: 27

    RBI: Six

    Don't look now, but second base in Seattle is being reserved for Dustin Ackley.

    That said, Jack Wilson will be out sooner than later because he's a free agent after the season, but whomever receives him will get decent contributions in return.

Orlando Hudson: 2B, San Diego Padres

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 13:  Orlando Hudson #1 of the San Diego Padres plays against the Cleveland Indians during the spring training baseball game at Peoria Stadium on March 13, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .217

    HOMERUNS: Zero

    HITS: 25

    RBI: Seven

    Combine the fact that Orlando Hudson and the Padres are struggling in the midst of a rather big contract, and the Padres should just bite the bullet.

    That said, they should get whatever they can for him and go back to the drawing board.

Ryan Doumit: Catcher, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Ryan Doumit #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates waits at home plate during their game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on April 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .269

    HOMERUNS: Four

    HITS: 25

    RBI: 15

    If he keeps that beard going, Brian Wilson could have some competition.

    And since he's been dueling Chris Snyder for playing time, maybe he does end up with the Giants.

    Also, it wouldn't be a bad trade if Pittsburgh can get something for Ryan Doumit from the defending World Series champions.

Ivan Rodriguez: Catcher, Washington Nationals

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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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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .200

    HOMERUNS: Two

    HITS: 18

    RBI: 15

    Yes, he's really old for a catcher, but for any team that needs a role playing catcher, Ivan Rodriguez could certainly be of service.

    He obviously wouldn't be an everyday player, but whenever needed in short spurts, Pudge can still get the job done.

Kelly Shoppach: Catcher, Tampa Bay Rays

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    NEW YORK - JULY 18:  Kelly Shoppach #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the New York Yankees on July 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    2011 SEASON STATISTICS

    BATTING AVERAGE: .174

    HOMERUNS: Two

    HITS: 16

    RBI: 10

    At this point, Tampa Bay would love to get anything they can for Kelly Shoppach.

    He's struggling with them again and only sees time when John Jaso needs a break.

    Nonetheless, he's a solid backup, so anyone looking for depth could use him.