After wearing his welcome out in the Bronx and floundering in Atlanta, Melky Cabrera enjoyed a magical turnaround 2011 in Kansas City.
The center fielder had career highs in batting average, RBI, and home runs. His reward for a fine season? A first class ticket to San Francisco.
In a move that may or may not pan out, the rotation starved Royals sent Cabrera to the Giants for talented, but erratic, starter Jonathan Sanchez who ended 2011 on the DL.
Whether or not Sanchez is the most the Royals could have gotten for Cabrera, they feel that they sold the 27-year-old center fielder at his peak value.
Cabrera is an above average MLB player who had an All-Star worthy season in 2011, yet his team saw him as expendable—and he's not alone. Here's a list of five more guys that could find themselves on the trading block like Melky Cabrera.