As the 2011 Trade Deadline approaches and is under two weeks from passing, contending ball clubs are frantically looking for any way to improve themselves for the home stretch of the season.
For teams not looking to give away top prospects for contract-burdened sluggers, the next two weeks are all about finding the diamonds in the rough.
The following players, the “diamonds in the rough” so to speak, are six well established major leaguers who are just not superstars. They are utility men, playing wherever they need to for the good of the team with a smile on their face.
The Dodgers' Jamey Carroll (pictured here) leads a talented but undervalued group of major leaguers that could truly make all the difference in the playoff push. Carroll's terrific performance for the Dodgers in a versatile role has made him invaluable to the Dodgers, even though they will sell for the right price.
From the Chicago Cubs’ Reed Johnson batting over .330 to Jerry Hairston Jr.‘s ability to play every position except catcher and pitcher, these guys are professionals and invaluable to any team.
For a team in the thick of a pennant race, these players and their extensive experience could truly make the difference between an October with a ring or an October spent crying.
Luckily for most teams, the front office knows exactly who is going to come through in the clutch and who to avoid even making a phone call for.
Will your favorite “everyman” be on the list? Let’s check it out.