MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Under-the-Radar Players Who May Be Dealt

Alec Dopp@alecdoppCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Under-the-Radar Players Who May Be Dealt

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    We're now less than two weeks away from the all-important July 31 trade deadline, and although we've already witnessed a few ground-breaking trades (see Francisco Rodriguez), there is still much to come. 

    Big-name trade talk may be the name of the game right now in MLB, but as most managers would be able to tell you, it is the so-called "under the radar" deals that can put teams over the top.

    Let's take a look at 10 under-the-radar players who would have an almost-certain shot at trading spaces.

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Ivan Rodriguez

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    Now in his 21st major-league season, Rodriguez may not have much left in the tank.  

    There are teams that could use his defensive services, though.

    Currently on the 15-day disabled list, Rodriguez is certainly a name to watch as the deadline approaches.

    In fact, some reports suggest the Giants could be able and willing to deal for Pudge's services.

    The Giants have been platooning Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart at catcher after Buster Posey's early injury, but neither have been what manager Bruce Bochy has been looking for.

Michael Bourn

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    Bourn, who currently holds the league lead in stolen bases (35), has never been a flashy player with a lot of media attention.  

    However, there will almost certainly be speculation and rumors surrounding Houston's prized center fielder as the deadline approaches.

    Sources indicate that the Nationals have been pursuing Bourn for the better part of two weeks now, and they would be willing to deal their best bullpen arm in Tyler Clippard to make the deal a reality.

Mike Adams

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    Adams led the NL in holds last season (48) and is well on his way to duplicating his impressive numbers from 2010.

    So far,  Adams boasts a career-best 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and has managed to register 23 holds.  

    With those numbers, teams such as the Yankees and Rangers are already in the works for Adams' services at the trade deadline.

    In fact, rumor has it that Texas is in prime position to deal for top-tier relievers to bolster their bullpen, and that Adams is their top trade target.

    By the looks of the convincing rumors, expect a deal to go down sooner than later for the San Diego reliever.

Ryan Ludwick

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    The Red Sox will be vying for a premier right-handed-hitting right fielder at the deadline.

    They have their sights set on the likes of Hunter Pence, Carlos Beltran and possibly B.J. Upton.

    Who else could they be eyeing?  Speculation says they may be in the works for Ludwick.

    Ludwick was a widely known talent during his days with St. Louis, but has lost significant media attention as a member of the lowly Padres offensive attack.  

    This season, Ludwick has managed 56 RBI, 11 HR and a .238 BA.

    Ludwick thrived in St. Louis' power-packed lineup, and you can expect the same from him if traded to the Red Sox.

Ty Wigginton

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    The Yankees will be a team in need of a power-hitting third baseman to replace Alex Rodriguez as he recovers from knee surgery that will likely put him out for four to six weeks.

    Wigginton, who is quite familiar with trading spaces over the past few seasons—he's now with his fifth club in five seasons—could be dealt to the Bronx in a matter of days.

    This season, Wigginton is hitting .257 with 13 HR and 38 RBI with the Rockies, and will almost certainly be dealt to a contender with in-fielding needs.

Andrew Bailey

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    As we've already discussed, the Rangers won't be shy when it comes to upgrading their bullpen, and Bailey could very well be yet another name to watch as the deadline approaches.

    Bailey, 27, has nasty stuff and his best years ahead of him, and rumor has it that the A's have already begun looking at Texas' farm-system to set up a potential deal between the two clubs.

    If this deal is completed, there will be a flurry of speculation and media attention.  

    But for now, Bailey remains relatively under the radar.

Jason Frasor

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    Frasor, 33, has administered 38 innings of work for the Blue Jays in 2011 while carrying a 3.08 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He is one of many relievers likely to be traded prior to the deadline.

    In fact, rumor has it that the Cardinals have already checked in on Toronto's plethora of trustworthy relievers, and Frasor looks like the most likely candidate to trade spaces at the deadline.

    With setup-man Eduardo Sanchez, the Cards are in desperately need of late-inning arms, and Frasor fits the need well.

Derek Lowe

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    Lowe has never been known as being a "power pitcher", but he has developed a reputation for eating up innings, particularly in big-game situations.

    Could that be enough for a contender to pull the trigger?  

    Based on the incoming rumors, I'd say so.  The Tigers are reportedly interested in bringing in the 38-year-old right-hander to bolster the middle of their staff for the all-important AL Central title race.

    This season, Lowe boasts a 4.30 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and has accumulated 113.0 IP thus far.

    He would significantly heighten Detroit's postseason aspirations if acquired.

Wilson Betemit

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    The Brewers have received virtually no production out of Casey McGehee so far this season—he's batting just .225 with 5 HR and 38 RBI—and they are reportedly looking for a third baseman to shore things up defensively and at the plate.

    Unfortunately for the Brew Crew, the market is limited and there are very few options available.

    Betemit, however, could be the missing link and final piece to Milwaukee's World Series aspirations, reports say.

    Losing his job to rookie Mike Moustakas has shelved Betemit in Kansas City, and the Brewers seem intent on bringing him in to replace/platoon with McGehee as the season progresses.

Ricky Nolasco

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    The trade outlook for starting pitchers is relatively weak, and Nolasco looks like one of the top pitchers that could be dealt at the deadline to a needy contender.

    Reports continue to appear regarding the Rangers' interest in pursuing Nolasco to bolster their starting rotation, and the Marlins will clearly be sellers leading up to July 31.

    Nolasco doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he is another innings-eater on the mound.

    With a 3.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 133.1 IP already under his belt, there's a chance he will be on the move to a contender.