Fantasy Baseball: Michael Cuddyer and 10 Players to Watch at the Trade Deadline

TCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2011

Fantasy Baseball: Michael Cuddyer and 10 Players to Watch at the Trade Deadline

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    CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 7: Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to striking out in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 7, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 1-0. (Photo by Jason Mille
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    With the trade deadline a little over a month away, players could be on the move.

    What that means for your fantasy team is that one of your players could end up with a new club and possibly in a different spot in the batting order.

    As a result, their production may either increase or decrease.

    Here are eleven trade candidates to keep an eye on at the deadline.

Michael Cuddyer

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 3: Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins is greeted by third base coach Steve Liddle #9 after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 3, 2011 in Kansas City, Missour
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    Cuddyer could be moved to a team in need of right handed power bat. 

    The Phillies could be a candidate if they can find the money to acquire Cuddyer.

    Anywhere Cuddyer may wind up, his production may increase slightly. 

Hunter Pence

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    HOUSTON - JUNE 08:  Right fielder Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros leaps but cannot catch a home run hit by Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on June 8, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Pitcher Bud Norris #20 of the Houston Astr
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    Pence is a reliable bat, but the Astros could be asking too much for him for most teams.

    However, GM Ed Wade needs to make a big move to save his job. 

    Pence is a consistent hitter who will be a welcome addition to any lineup.

Jose Reyes

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 11:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets fields a ground ball 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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    Reyes is due to be a free agent after the season.

    Due to the Mets' financial troubles, they may be forced to part with their franchise shortstop.

    Reports are that they may decide to hang on to Reyes, but the smart money is on the Mets dealing Reyes to replenish their farm system.

Tyler Clippard

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31:  Pitcher Tyler Clippard #36 of the Washington Nationals delivers to a Philadelphia Phillies batter at Nationals Park on May 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Braves won 2-0. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    The reliable long reliever would be a great pickup for any bullpen.

    The Yankees and Phillies are rumored to be destinations for Clippard.

    Clippard is an innings-eater and could be utilized in the seventh inning as a bridge to the set-up man and closer.

Josh Willingham

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    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 04:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics gets a 2 RBI hit in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox on June 4, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    The A's are going nowhere, and Willingham is bound for free agency after the 2011 season.

    Willingham could prove to be a valuable piece for a team looking for some production from the right side of the plate.

    Willingham has some pop in his bat and could either serve a team well as a fourth outfielder or platoon with a left handed hitting corner outfielder.

    As for production from a fantasy perspective, Willingham would pick up some extra base hits and RBIs to supplement your lineup.

Jim Thome

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 23: Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Seattle Mariners during their game on May 23, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rockies won 6-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    Thome is closing in on a milestone of 600 home runs.

    The Twins are struggling without Joe Mauer and could look to move Thome as well as Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.

    Thome is a cheap option, one year, $1.2 million, for a team looking for left-handed power off the bench.

    The Twins probably will hang on to Thome until he reaches 600 HR and will probably be moved after the July 31 deadline.

    However, if the demand is there, don't be surprised if the Twins act before the deadline.

Jason Marquis

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 10: Jason Marquis #21 of the Washington Nationals pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on June 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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    Jason Marquis is having a solid 2011 with a 7-2 record and a 3.67 ERA.

    Marquis is entering the last year of his contract and could be traded to a team looking for a starter to fill out the back end of a rotation.

    Marquis is a dependable pitcher who will give a team a quality start more often than not.

    In a slim trade market for starting pitching, Marquis is a sold pick-up.

Carlos Beltran

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 10:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets gets a hit against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 10, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    Another case where the Mets need to dump salary is Carlos Beltran.

    However, the Mets are on the hook for Beltran's contract after 2011.

    If they can find a trade partner who is willing to take on part of his hefty contract, Beltran is as sure as gone.

    The smart money is on Reyes being moved before Beltran due to the financial situation, but Beltran is a strong candidate as well.

    Beltran cannot run near as well as he did three years ago but can still produce with the bat.

Ivan Rodriguez

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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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    "Pudge" is nearing the end of his career, but has found his way into the trade discussion due to the injury of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

    The Giants cannot rely on Eli Whiteside to be the main man behind the plate.

    A veteran presence like Rodriguez would be beneficial to the young, formidable pitching staff in San Francisco.

    Expect Rodriguez to be dealt away from Washington, most likely to San Francisco.

Matt Capps

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    CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 6: Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins reacts after defeating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 at Progressive Field on June 6, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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    If the Twins decide to become sellers, Capps could be a candidate to be dealt.

    For a team looking to strengthen the back end of their bullpen, Capps would be a solid pickup.

    From a fantasy standpoint, Capps could benefit from a change of scene in order to pick up some saves and possibly holds.

Jeremy Guthrie

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 11:  Jeremy Guthrie #46  the Baltimore Orioles pitches 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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    Guthrie is eligible for arbitration after this season and reaches free agency after the 2012 season.

    The Orioles could test the market on Guthrie, who is not having the most stellar of years.

    However, Guthrie is an innings eater who averages 6 2/3 innings per start over the last two seasons.

    For teams looking for help at the back end of the rotation, they could do worse than Guthrie.