5 Overrated Trade Targets Your Team Should Avoid at All Costs

Jason Martinez@@mlbdepthchartsContributor IJuly 20, 2013

5 Overrated Trade Targets Your Team Should Avoid at All Costs

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    In reality, it only takes one team to overvalue, and, thus, overpay for a player on the trade market. But there's always a group of players that's viewed as having a certain value based on certain numbers, reputation and trade-market depth.  

    For those reasons, certain players will be overrated, and some team will be taking a risk by acquiring them, even at fair market value.  

    Unless the price somehow goes way down in the next 12 days, here are five overrated players whom your team should avoid acquiring before the trade deadline.

Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Yovani Gallardo is only 27 years of age, is under team control through at least 2014 ($11.25 million in 2014; $13 million club option in 2015) and came into the season with top-of-the-rotation credentials (69-43, 3.63 ERA, 3.5 BB/9, 9.2 K/9). The Milwaukee Brewers have every right to set his value based on his previous five seasons as opposed to 20 starts in 2013. 

    And teams interested in acquiring him have every right to pass on that price because he just hasn't been as good, and there's no guarantee he'll turn things around anytime soon. With an ERA close to 5.00, only nine quality starts (at least 6 IP, no more than 3 ER allowed) and career-highs in H/9 (9.5) and WHIP (1.434) to go along with a career-low 7.2 K/9, there are enough red flags to stay away. 

    It might be a good time to buy low, but it's doubtful the Brewers are selling low enough to take on this gamble. 

Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox

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    The Chicago White Sox could be looking to deal shortstop Alexei Ramirez, and the Pittsburgh Pirates could be interested, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    It's not that he wouldn't be an upgrade over the current combination of Clint Barmes (.548 OPS, 2 HR) and Jordy Mercer (.688 OPS, 4 HR), but it's not enough to take on the remainder of Ramirez's contract ($9.5 million in 2014; $10 million in 2015; $10 million club option in 2016) when his overall production has declined greatly since his rookie season in 2008 (.792 OPS, 21 HR, 13 SB).

    In 92 games, the 31-year-old Ramirez has a .670 OPS with only one homer to go along with only 12 walks and 46 strikeouts. He does have 20 stolen bases and provides solid defense. For a realistic shot at Ramirez, some team will either have to pick up a big chunk, if not all, of the contract or give up a top prospect.

    Either way, it's too risky a deal for a player who has seen his skills at the plate decline drastically over the last couple of seasons.

Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers

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    With quite the impressive resume over his long career, Aramis Ramirez's name would look good penciled in to the middle of a contending team's lineup. But the career .845 OPS, 347 homers and five Top-20 finishes in NL MVP voting don't mean a thing now if his ailing knees aren't allowing him to stay on the field. 

    The 34-year-old is expected back from his second stint on the disabled list—both because of his sore knees—next week, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets that the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will be keeping tabs on the veteran third baseman. 

    If they can give him at-bats in the designated hitter spot, he'll have a better chance to produce down the stretch. But taking on his $16 million salary for 2014 and a $4 million buyout on a $14 million club option for 2015 is a lot, even for a big-market team, for an aging player with bad knees. 

    The Brewers could lower the risk by taking on salary, but they'd want more in return. Same problem.

Nate Schierholtz, OF, Chicago Cubs

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    If the Chicago Cubs would've traded Schierholtz on June 26, the day after he hit his 11th homer, knocked in his 30th, 31st and 32nd runs and boosted his OPS to .926, they would've looked like geniuses for selling at the highest value he'll likely ever have. 

    But they didn't. The 29-year-old right fielder is now seven for his last 50 without a homer, and the Cubs have held him out of the lineup the last few games with the reason being "general soreness." Or could it possibly be to keep him from losing any more value by continuing to slump and reminding teams that he wasn't much more than a pretty good fourth outfielder before the season? 

    Schierholtz is under team control through 2014, which is probably a reason why the Cubs weren't in a hurry to trade him. They had the upper hand in negotiations, and it's more likely that they'll just hold on to him now and hope he can bounce back and regain some value by the offseason. 

Huston Street, RP, San Diego Padres

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    Huston Street's name hasn't popped up in too many rumors thus far. The San Diego Padres were actually playing pretty well until a recent 10-game slide and now appear headed out of the playoff race and possibly into "sell" mode by the end of the month. 

    Teams in search of late-inning bullpen help could find a "proven closer" available for the price of a fringe prospect if they were willing to take on the remainder of Street's contract (approximately $3 million in 2013; $7 million in 2014; $7 million club option in 2015) or at least a mid-level prospect if the Padres were to pick up some of the tab.

    The 29-year-old has converted on 38 of 40 save opportunities with 19 walks and 65 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched over the past two seasons with San Diego. There's been a big difference between 2012 and 2013, however. He allowed just two homers while posting a 1.85 ERA in 40 appearances last season. He's already allowed 10 homers in 31 appearances this season and has a 4.15 ERA.

    While he continues to close the door with the lead in the ninth inning, he's just not the same pitcher in 2013. A team would be doing the Padres a favor by taking him and any of his salary off their hands.  

    Contract information is courtesy of Spotrac.  


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