MLB Trade Deadline: Top Five Bats Available After the Beltran and Rasmus Deals
With both Carlos Beltran and Colby Rasmus being traded, the two of the top hitters available on the market at the MLB Trade Deadline are no longer options for any team. However, there are still many good players available.
Teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, and Boston Red Sox are just a few of the teams that are still looking for a player to help bolster their lineup.
5) Reed Johnson
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2011 Stats: .328/.369/.555, 4 HR, 23 RBI
One of the most appealing things about Reed Johnson is the fact that his salary for the year was just $900,000. This means that he is one of the most affordable players on the trade market.
Johnson has done an outstanding job of getting on base this season. The Chicago Cubs might not get a strong offer for Johnson, but he is certainly a player that has some value in the trade market.
4) Andre Ethier
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2011 Stats: .297/.371/.444, 10 HR, 47 RBI
Andre Ethier is not exactly on the trade market, but he is not exactly off of it. Given the Los Angeles Dodgers current financial situation and Ethier's contract, it is entirely possible that he is moved.
The Boston Red Sox are looking for an outfielder and have the talent to make a good offer to the Dodgers. There are also a few other teams that could offer the Dodgers the prospects that they are looking for in return for Ethier.
3) Michael Bourn
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2011 Stats: .302/.360/.403, 62 R, 7 3B, 1 HR, 32 RBI, 38 SB
The Houston Astros speedy outfielder has not been drawing as much attention as was expected. That does not mean that the will not be moved before the MLB trade deadline.
WIth Beltran and Rasmus off the market, teams may not take a closer look at Michael Bourn. He could be a perfect fit for both the Atlanta Braves or Philadelphia Phillies.
2) B.J. Upton
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2011 Stats: .227/.307/.395, 15 HR, 53 RBI, 23 SB
Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has said that the market for B.J. Upton is beginning to come much clearer in light of the recent deals that have occurred. There is a strong belief that Upton will be dealt this year.
While Upton has not hit for average, he has demonstrated both his power and speed. If he can bring his batting average up with his new team then Upton will be a great pickup.
1) Hunter Pence
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2011 Stats: .308/.355/.468, 11 HR, 62 RBI, 7 SB
There have been multiple teams, including both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves, that have been interested in Hunter Pence. This could start a bidding war and the Houston Astros could end up with an outstanding return.
Pence does not become a free agent until 2014 and he is by far the best offensive player left on the trade market. If he were to be traded, the Astros would receive at least one top prospect in return.