MLB Trade Speculation: Carlos Beltran and 5 Outfielders Who Could Be on the Move
The MLB trade deadline is right around the corner and we are now learning which teams are going to be buyers and which teams are going to be sellers.
Many of the buyers in this years group are looking to add bats and many of those bats are outfielders.
Here is a list of 5 outfielders who could be traded before the trade deadline on July 31st.
Michael Bourn, Houston Astros
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Michael Bourn is five on this list because it is unlikely he will be moved, that being said, it is possible.
Prying Bourn away from the Houston Astros would take a massive deal and even though the Astros are completely out of contention and are going to need a long rebuilding process to get back into it.
Bourn is a difference making lead off man who is always a threat to steal a base.
Bourn will most likely stay in Houston passed this season but if the right deal came along, the Astros would not have a problem moving him.
Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs
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The first of many Chicago Cubs players who could be moving teams by the trade deadline, Alfonso Soriano makes the list.
Sorinano's contract made him immovable until the Cubs recently decided they would be willing to pay for most of his contract beyond this season.
Soriano isn't worth his current contract but if a team could get him without having to pay it he could be a nice pickup.
Soriano still has home run hitting power and while he strikes out a lot he still would be an upgrade for most teams looking to trade for him.
Kosuke Fukudome. Chicago Cubs
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Kosuke Fukudome would be a cheaper option compared to Alfonso Soriano and is probably the better overall player.
Fukudome is a better defender and can bat higher in the order, and even lead off.
Fukudome is a quality hitter and is having a solid season which has been over shadowed by the Chicago Cubs terrible one.
Fukudome wouldn't cost a lot in a trade and the Cubs would be perfectly happy to move him.
Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox
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There are few different trade scenarios for Carlos Quentin the Chicago White Sox could play out, one more likely than the other.
The less likely is the White Sox deciding to become sellers and accepting the fact they will not win their division this year.
This only happens if the Sox continue to fall behind the Detroit Tigers and the Tigers make a large trade to improve themselves even more.
The Sox aren't willing to give up yet and are probably going to be buyers in this market, but could still end up moving Quentin.
The Sox could trade Quentin for a quality starting pitcher to add to their rotation and call up Dayan Viciedo, their highly touted prospect.
This move could improve their pitching greatly without losing much on offense, setting themselves up for a playoff run.
Carlos Beltran, New York Mets
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Carlos Beltran is the one guy on this list that will for sure be traded.
The New York Mets are becoming sellers and are going to rebuild their team, so acquiring as many young prospects as possible will be their goal.
Beltran will bring in a few quality prospects and allow for the Mets to get a lot of his large contract off the books.
Beltran would be a great addition to any team in contention, and it is speculated more than fives teams are interested in him.
Beltran should be and will be traded by the July 31 deadline, and the team that lands him will become a lot better offensively.