MLB Trade Rumors: The 5 Players Most Likely to Get Traded Next

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: The 5 Players Most Likely to Get Traded Next

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    This week we have already seen two big trades go down.

    The San Francisco Giants traded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets for Carlos Beltran.

    We also saw the Toronto Blue Jays acquire outfielder Colby Rasmus, LHPs Brian Tallet and Trever Miller and RHP P.J. Walters in a big three-team swap that had 11 players changing teams. Edwin Jackson went to St.Louis along with Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Corey Patterson, Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart went to Chicago.

    So the way I look at it is, who's next to go? These players are in no particular order I just think they could be headed somewhere soon.

Hiroki Kuroda, Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The name as of late that is popping up the most is Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has been linked to the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.

    According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Yankees are 'intensifying' their hunt for Kuroda who is 6-12 on the year with a 3.19 ERA.

    I think that the Yankees will acquire the Japanese pitcher within the next few days or even at the July 31st trade deadline.

Jamey Carroll, Infielder, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    What do you know? Another Dodger on the list. This time I suspect utility infielder Jamey Carroll could be next to go since there is a high demand for him.

    Carroll has been linked to the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies.

    I can see Carroll landing in Cleveland where he was in 2009. This season, he is batting .291 with eight RBI. If he doesn't land somewhere else, expect Rafael Furcal to be on the chopping block.

B.J. Upton, Outfielder, Tampa Bay Rays

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    B.J. Upton has been considered the 'alternative' to Carlos Beltran this Deadline season. Upton is batting .227 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI. He has been the topic of conversation with trades even more so due to the recent call up of Desmond Jennings.

    According to Marc Tompkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays do not have a trade for Upton right now. Upton has been linked to the Giants (before Beltran), Brewers, Pirates, Royals and Indians. Which seems pretty lousy considering the talent Upton could bring to the table.

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports says that the Brewers are the top suitors for him.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Pitcher, Colorado Rockies

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    Isn't it weird how it seems that Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has just fallen off the map after an incredible 19-8 record last year and  2.88 ERA? This year has been the complete opposite and that's why he is one of the biggest starts that could be traded soon.

    Jimenez has been tied to the Red Sox, Indians, Yankees and Reds. Ubaldo is only 6-9 this year with a 4.20 ERA.

    Signs have pointed to the Reds being the most motivated to get Jimenez, however the Yankees still have the highest payroll and could land anyone at anytime it seems like.

    Colorado seems to be interested in the core prospects the Yankees have such as Manny Banuelos, Ivan Nova, Dellin Betances and Jesus Montero, but New York is hesitant to even include two of them.

    We'll see what happens.

Carlos Quentin, Outfielder, Chicago White Sox

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    With Beltran headed west and Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence staying put, the Philadelphia Phillies have targeted a new outfielder and that's White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin.

    The Phillies and White Sox have been discussing Quentin for a week or so according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

    If the Phillies were offering Domonic Brown for Pence or Jonathan Singleton and Jared Cosart for the outfielder, there may not be a problem for Philly landing Quentin.

Enjoy the Week!

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    There you have it folks!

    May the debating and mud slinging begin!