MLB Trade Rumors: Predicting Where Carlos Beltran and 5 Other Stars End Up

Ross DurrenceCorrespondent IIJuly 26, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Predicting Where Carlos Beltran and 5 Other Stars End Up

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    The MLB trade deadline is just around the corner, and everyone is buzzing about who will go where.

    Contenders across the league are in the market for big hitters, shut-down relievers and everything in between.

    Let's take a look at where Carlos Beltran and these six other big names will end up after the trade deadline.

Carlos Beltran

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    San Francisco Giants

    Carlos Beltran is this year's most prized possession at the deadline.

    Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman sees the Giants and Phillies in the lead for Beltran, but look for him to ultimately move out west.

    San Francisco is in desperate need of some outfield pop, and this will solidify them as a deep postseason team.

Colby Rasmus

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    Chicago White Sox

    Colby Rasmus has requested a trade out of St. Louis numerous times, and he'll finally get his wish.

    The Cards desperately want to improve their pitching and could ship Rasmus to the South Side of Chicago for a handful of prospects or some current big leaguers.

    Either way, expect Rasmus to no longer be a Cardinal after the deadline.

Heath Bell

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    Philadelphia Phillies

    According to sportswriter Joel Sherman, the Phillies have made the strongest push to get Heath Bell.

    If they do in fact get him, the Phillies will be odds-on favorite to win the World Series.

Hunter Pence

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    Houston Astros

    That's right. Hunter Pence isn't going anywhere.

    The Braves won't give up their top prospect Julio Teheran, and the Phillies won't be able to match what the Astros are asking.

B.J. Upton

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    Washington Nationals

    The Nats are looking for a long-term center fielder, and B.J. Upton would be just that.

    Washington has a slew of young stars (Jordan Zimmerman, Tyler Clippard, Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa), and the addition of Upton would set them up nicely for the next five to 10 years.

Ubaldo Jimenez

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    Cincinnati Reds

     The Reds are in serious need of starting pitching, and there's no doubt Ubaldo Jimenez is one of the top names available.

    He's not having a great year, but he could provide the Reds' rotation with a much-needed spark.