MLB Trade Deadline: Top 10 Relievers Who Could Help a Contender

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MLB Trade Deadline: Top 10 Relievers Who Could Help a Contender
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We saw our first major trade of the season this past week with the dealing of Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers.

It shouldn't really have come as any surprise that the first player dealt was an impact reliever.

Hitting is down league-wide, making it harder for teams to justify parting with their top-hitters unless they receive a ransom-package of prospects in return.

Likewise, it is hard for buying teams to justify mortgaging their future to the extent necessary to acquire top hitting talent.

This leaves the logical choice of dealing for top pitching to help keep runs off the board for the opposition.

A large number of relievers could be made available this season by selling teams.

Rumors have been swirling around the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics already about potentially available arms from the bullpen.

Additional names could pop up, but right now, here are the top 10 relievers who could be dealt and help a contender (in no particular order).

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