MLB Trade Rumors: 8 Big Names That Could Still Be Dealt After Deadline
Now that the July 31 MLB trade deadline has come and gone, speculation has already started about which players may be dealt as the waiver-trade deadline approaches.
Some of baseball's most famous trades have come in August, so expect another exciting month of baseball trade rumors and acquisitions as teams prepare for the postseason. Some of the most notable August trades include an August 1987 deal in which the Detroit Tigers sent John Smoltz to the Atlanta Braves for Doyle Alexander, and an August 1990 deal in which the Boston Red Sox sent youngster Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for Larry Anderson.
Even last season, names such as Derrek Lee, Brian Fuentes and Jim Edmonds were dealt in mid-to-late August to contenders league-wide. In fact, last year's NLCS MVP, Cody Ross, was acquired by the San Francisco Giants in August, showing that difference makers can still be acquired by contenders in need of some pop in their lineup.
That being said, here is a list of some of baseball's best players who may be dealt in the next month.
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Houston Astros starting pitching Wandy Rodriguez is due $38 million on his contract, but look for the southpaw to end up somewhere else by the time the calendar turns to September.
There has already been speculation that the New York Yankees will continue to talk with Houston about acquiring Rodriguez. A major reason the Yankees didn't get Rodriguez prior to July 31 is that the Astros wanted the team to pay for all of Rodriguez's contract, while the Yankee's only offered to pay half.
Either way, Rodriguez, who is currently 7-7 with a 3.47 ERA, is likely to draw interest from many contenders looking to bolster their starting rotations.
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Prior to Sunday's trade deadline, ESPN's Buster Olney said he could see Chicago Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson "becoming one of the most coveted trade pieces" because of his .407 on-base percentage, .978 OPS against lefties and cheap contract. Although Johnson remains in Chicago for now, look for him to be shipped off to a contender in need of a cheap, consistent bat later this month.
As of Aug. 1, Johnson is batting .324 with four home runs and 23 RBI through 65 games with the Cubs. Although Johnson hasn't appeared in more than 110 games since 2006, a year in which he played 134 games and finished with a .319 batting average, he would make for a nice addition to most any team's lineup.
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Tampa Bay Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth is having one of his best major league seasons this year, as he is currently 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 20 saves.
Farnsworth throws hard and would make for a nice addition to any contender's bullpen. As of August 1, Farnsworth has struck out 33 batters in 41.2 innings pitched and walked only eight batters all year. He is familiar with late season trades, as he was acquired by the Atlanta Braves late last season to help the team make a push for the postseason, and experienced enough to help shut down ball games. Look for Farnsworth to be on the move again this month.
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Many teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, were having discussions with the Colorado Rockies about first baseman and pinch-hitting extraordinaire Jason Giambi, although an injury to Giambi's left quadriceps landed him on the DL and put an end to all trade talks.
However, once Giambi arrives back from the DL, look for the trade rumors to feature his name once again. This season, he's batting .260 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in just 96 at-bats for the Rockies. What may be even more attractive than his power numbers is his contract, as Giambi is making only $1 million this season.
Look for multiple contenders to place a claim on him in the coming weeks.
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Seattle Mariners infielder Chone Figgins is having another down year this year, as he is batting a frigid .185 with just one home run and 15 RBI through 80 games and 287 at-bats with the Mariners this season. Last year, Figgins struggled as well, hitting .259 with the team and driving in just 35 runs.
Although Figgins is in the second year of his four-year, $36 million contract, it is possible that the Mariners will try to move him out of Seattle this month. The Cincinnati Reds were reportedly interested in Figgins prior to the trade deadline, but the team was unable to strike a deal with Seattle, who still owes Figgins nearly $20 million over the next two years.
If Seattle is willing to take on much of Figgins' contract, look for the aging infielder to be moved sometime in the next few weeks.
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Even though Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin was rumored to be on his way out of Chicago with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, the White Sox made the right move in keeping him, seeing as they are only four games out of first place in the AL Central.
However, if the team is to drop out of contention in the next few weeks, look for Quentin to moved to a contender. As of Aug. 1, Quentin is batting .261 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI through 99 games with the White Sox.
Quentin has hit more than 20 home runs in each of the last four seasons, including a monster 2008 in which he hit 36 long balls, and would bolster any team's power numbers upon trading for him this month.
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For much of the past two weeks, Oakland Athletics left fielder Josh Willingham was rumored to be on his way out of Oakland. Despite surviving the July 31 trade deadline, Willingham is a prime candidate to be moved at some point this month, as the A's are 11.5 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers in the AL West.
Willingham is batting .253 on the year, and currently has 15 homers and 58 RBI through 83 games with Oakland this season. The Athletics like Willingham, as is evident by the fact that they did not send him to any of the teams that called about acquiring him, and would likely ask for a number of top prospects in return for Willingham's services.
Regardless, listen for the A's left fielder's name to surface in trade talks a lot more in the coming days and weeks.
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The Cincinnati Reds, who, as of Aug. 1, are two games below .500 and 6.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, were rumored to be shipping catcher Ramon Hernandez out of Cincinnati prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
Although the Reds decided to retain Hernandez, at least for now, look for him to be on the move before the end of the month. Hernandez, who is a free agent following this season, is batting .302 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 63 games with Reds in 2011. It was reported that the San Francisco Giants were most interested in Hernandez before letting the deadline pass, so look for talks between the two teams to continue late into August.