MLB Trade Rumors: Ranking Each Team's Best Minor League Trade Asset

Zachary Ball@MLBDraftCntdwnAnalyst IJuly 17, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Ranking Each Team's Best Minor League Trade Asset

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    There's an obvious reason why teams like Pittsburgh, Toronto, Milwaukee and Cincinnati are the teams dealing away players at the trade deadline, to teams like Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

    The first group are teams that spend the majority of the season near the bottom of the standings, while the second group are consistently challenging for playoff spots.

    For the first time in a long while, that first group isn't in selling mode yet, as the Pirates, Brewers and Reds are all hot on the trail of a division title, or if they miss out, a wild-card spot.

    Still, if these teams want to bolster their rosters and stay in the hunt, they're going to have to part with some pretty fine prospect talent, and teams like Texas, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are in perfect shape, considering they have some of the top minor league talent available.

    Not every team on this list is going to part with players this trade-season, but if they did, these would be the guys who could have the most value as a trade-chip.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    There will never be a time when Goldschmidt's stock will be higher, I can guarantee you that.

    The only question is whether the Diamondbacks as an organization believe in Goldschmidt, who has hit 27 homers and driven in 82 runs in just 90 games, while maintaining a .307 average for the D-Back's Double-A affiliate.

    The buzz from the baseball world is that while Goldschmidt is having a year for the ages, he's still a right-handed hitting first baseman, a player for which the future isn't exactly bright. 

    If the D-Backs stay in contention for the remainder of the month, Goldschmidt could be their best trade chip.

Mike Minor, LHP, Atlanta Braves

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    Don't get me wrong, Minor is a very talented pitcher, but like this year's No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen, Minor has a limited ceiling. He's most likely to end up as a No. 3 starter, and the Braves system is full of guys who have much higher ceilings.

    Guys like Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, and Arodys Vizcaino.

    And don't forget they're being added to a rotation that already includes Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrgens and Brandon Beachy.

    One, or more, of these guys are going to be expendable. Minor seems like the one that I'd be most willing to part with.

Brandon Waring, 3B, Baltimore Orioles

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    The Orioles are pretty set at third base right now. With Mark Reynolds tearing the cover off the ball at a torrid pace not seen in Baltimore since Brady Anderson's juiced 50-HR season, there isn't much room for any other third baseman in the O's short-term plans.

    That makes any performance of Josh Bell or Brandon Waring pretty much a moot point.

    Waring has as much power as any member of the Orioles organization, and has shown it, bashing at least 20 home runs four straight seasons. This year, he's already worked his way to 11, but as he's continued to rise up the food chain his flaws have been exposed.

    He struck out a career-high 179 times in 2010, and he already has 78 whiffs this year in just 71 games.

    His average is also down to a career-low .193, marking this the second consecutive season that his number has declined.

    Waring might not have any value to the Orioles, but his power could be appealing to a team looking for some depth in the high-minor leagues, or even as a bat off the bench to use in the post season.

Lars Anderson, 1B, Boston Red Sox

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    It was just a few years ago that Mr. Anderson (Hugo Weaving style) was the cream of the crop in a very loaded Red Sox farm system.

    That was before the ascension of Anthony Rizzo.

    And the arrival of Adrian Gonzalez.

    And the departure of Anthony Rizzo.

    Why Anderson wasn't included in the deal that brought Gonzalez to Beantown is anybody's guess, but it seems like San Diego has caught on to what the rest of the baseball community has been seeing over the past few seasons. Anderson isn't what he used to be.

    Yes, the hulking first baseman still has some of the best plate discipline in the minor leagues (52 to 81 walk to strikeout ratio this year), but his power never fully developed as the Red Sox brass had hoped, and he somehow lost the ability to hit for a decent average. Also, his defensive value is nowhere near what Rizzo or Gonzalez offers.

    With his high OBP ways and his sub-par defensive value, Anderson seems like a better fit for Oakland...and there's no way he's making it in Boston. 

Steve Clevenger, C, Chicago Cubs

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    Two catchers ranked in Baseball America's Top 30 for the Cubs this season, and neither was named Clevenger.

    Despite his impressive showing this season for the Tennessee Smokies (.286, four HR and 26 RBI in 64 games), Clevenger has fallen by the wayside in Chicago, relegated to backup of the backup of the backup of the backup status, behind Welington Castillo.

    And of course that Soto fellow up in the big leagues. 

    But while he has been surpassed by two players with greater ceilings, what can't be ignored is how much better of a catcher and hitter Clevenger is right now than both Castillo and Chirinos. Never once in full season ball has he failed to hit below .290, and he's never struck out more than 51 times in a single season.

    Clevenger should get a shot, and he deserves one, but his best interests probably aren't going to be served in Chicago.

    Did I mention he hit .800 in six games during spring training this year?

Tyler Flowers, C, Chicago White Sox

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    Flowers also has a previous trade history.

    Back in 2008, Flowers was shipped from Atlanta to Chicago for Javier Vazquez, and the man doing the acquiring (Kenny Williams) was hoping that Flowers would blossom into the catcher-of-the-future that the Braves were banking on him becoming and one day take over for A.J. Pierzynski. Three years later, they're still waiting.

    Instead, Flowers became another cautionary tale and proof that the players you think you're getting in a trade with the Braves almost never amount to anything.

    Except for you, Elvis Andrus.

    And you, Neftali Feliz.

    After an awful trial run in the Majors back in 2009 that included an average of .188, Flowers has been pretty much good for nothing. He hit .220 last year in Triple-A and has bumped that number slightly to .261 this year.

    The White Sox went out and got themselves some Flowers insurance in 2009 first-round supplemental pick Josh Phegley and 2010 fourth-round pick Mike Blanke.

    It doesn't seem like there's room for this Flower anymore.

Yonder Alonso, 1B, Cincinnati Reds

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    Alonso is pretty much screwed due to the simple fact that Dusty Baker loves veterans, which has led to a traffic pileup of prospect talent at the Reds Triple-A affiliate in Louisville.

    Alonso has been rumored as trade-bait for a couple of seasons now. You have to admit, his chances of competing with Joey Votto, the 2010 National League MVP, are slim to none, no matter how well he's been hitting.

    If the Reds are still in contention come late July, which they are likely to be, it would only make sense to shed a few prospects for some upgrades to their rotation and bullpen. Alonso could bring in some decent talent.

Cord Phelps, 2B, Cleveland Indians

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    The Indians surprised just about everyone when they turned to Phelps as an offensive upgrade at second base a few weeks ago, instead of going with the more highly touted offensive juggernaut, Jason Kipnis.

    A lot has changed since then.

    Phelps looked completely overwhelmed in his 19-game trial with Cleveland, batting a mere .196 in 49 at-bats. In the meantime, Kipnis tore the cover off the ball at Triple-A, was named to the Futures Game Team USA roster, and started the game off with a bang, hitting a leadoff homer, one of only two home runs hit in the game.

    Since they play the same position, it's likely that Phelps is going to have to find another position, find another organization, or accept life as a super-utility guy.

Jordan Pacheco, C, Colorado Rockies

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    In case you haven't been paying attention, the Rockies not only have a talented (but also inconsistent) catcher at the big-league level in Chris Iannetta, but also have a guy waiting in the wings (of Double-A) to blow the whole thing up in Wilin Rosario.

    Rosario could have been in Colorado by now if he hadn't been saddled with a setback in the form of a torn ACL, but make no mistake, HE is the team's long-term answer behind the plate, combining a great approach at the plate with solid defensive skills.

    The Rockies also drafted one of the college crop's top catchers in this year's draft. Peter O'Brien has excellent power, and while he strikes out a lot, he would crush both Iannetta and Rosario in a home-run derby.

    And then there's Pacheco, humming along in Triple-A hitting .284 with 17 doubles and 35 RBI. If the season ended today, this would be the first year since 2008 that Pacheco would have finished with an average under .300, and his career line is mighty fine: .306/.379/.427.

    Clearly he doesn't offer much power, but he does contribute something that not many catchers (healthy ones anyways) do today: an ability to hit for a high average.

    With Rosario and O'Brien behind him...not to mention Iannetta in front, it seems like Pacheco's best fit might be somewhere else. 

Francisco Martinez, 3B, Detroit Tigers

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    Martinez has had a stellar season, hitting .282 with ten home runs and 40 RBI in 78 games, and he's on pace to shatter almost all of his career-highs in his fourth season with the Tigers.

    And while most teams would be stoked to have a guy like the 20-year-old Martinez hitting well in Double-A, the Tigers have the luxury of considering him, well...a luxury.

    The team shelled out $3.45 million to sign Nick Castellanos with the 44th-overall pick, and as good as Martinez has been, Castellanos has been even better, raking to the tune of a .388/.415/.541 line during the month of June.

    His showing this month has helped him overcome a rough debut month, one in which he hit .179 in 19 games. For the season, Castellanos is now hitting .302 with 24 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 54 RBI, just two steps below Martinez in Low-A.

    Since Castellanos has the better track record of performance, not to mention the extra clout afforded a "bonus baby," it's likely that Martinez could be on the move if the Tigers are looking to pick up some extra pieces around the trade deadline.

Bryan Petersen, OF, Florida Marlins

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    The Marlins outfield situation is muddled enough without tossing Peterson's name in the hat.

    They already have a mixture of Chris Coghlan, Scott Cousins (when not playing in San Fran) and Emilio Bonifacio manning center, while Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton lock down the corner spots.

    That doesn't leave much room for a 25-year-old outfielder who is in the midst of his fifth pro season, even if he happens to be hitting .351 with 21 doubles, 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 67 games. 

    And especially when a solid chunk of your organization's top prospects (Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Isaac Galloway) happen to be in line for an outfield spot as well.

    Move along, Bryan Peterson. 

Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros

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    Villar hit .272 over 100 games at Low-A Lakewood in 2010, but hit .225 in his next 32 at High-A Lancaster, which last time I checked played in the California League, an offensive haven, especially for guys with limited offensive upside.

    The Astros saw enough in Villar, defensively anyways, to look past his .259 average in 47 contests this season with Lancaster and promote him to Double-A where he has struggled to maintain an average over .200.

    Go figure.

    Villar also offers close to no power, making him an even tougher bet to stick in the big-leagues.

    Fortunately, Villar is one of the better defenders at his position in the entire minor leagues, which could make him an entertaining prospect come late July.

Derrick Robinson, Of, Kansas City Royals

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    I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed that the Royals made two major moves to acquire some help in center-field since the start of the year.

    Their first move was dealing Zack Greinke to Milwaukee and picking up Lorenzo Cain, a talented outfielder who has the athleticism to play center.

    Their second was the drafting of franchise cornerstone Bubba Starling in the first-year player draft. Starling is a five-tool stud who makes everyone else pale in comparison, including Cain.

    That leaves Derrick Robinson pretty much out of luck. Yeah, he's a pretty talented dude who has averaged about 55 steals during the past three seasons, but he doesn't seem to have the contact skills to make it long-term in the Majors. Excluding last season, he has a career average of around .240, and after a career year in which he hit .286 in 2010, he's back down to .275 this year.

Chris Pettit, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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    The Angels have a big-time glut of outfielders in their system, and most happen to fit the same profile: rangy, athletic guys who offer great defensive ability and excellent speed.

    Unfortunately for Pettit, both Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout happen to have much more of just about everything, making the soon-to-be 26-year-old for the most part expendable.

    Pettit has had a terrible season this year, by far the worst of his career. His average was down to a paltry .167 in 209 at-bats before a demotion to Double-A. This coming a year after he hit .321 with 18 steals in the same league for the same team. Pettit also had a strong showing in a big-league call-up, hitting .286 in 10 games.

    If the Angels were wise, they'd do their best to see if they could get something for him while he still has some prospect clout left. 

Kyle Russell, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Dodgers can't even find room for top prospect Jerry Sands in their outfield, so I'm pretty doubtful that they'll be able to find a spot for Russell, no matter how much power he has in his bat.

    The book on Russell is the same as it's always been. He has great power, as evidenced by his back-to-back 26 home run seasons, but he also strikes out more than just about anyone in the minors. His second season in the minors he struck out 180 times, and followed that up with a 170 mark last year.

    This season he is already up to 108, in just 86 games mind you, but somehow he has maintained a solid .263 average. He also has 16 home runs and has driven in 50 runs.

    With the Dodgers in one of the worst financial situations in baseball history, it might make sense for the team to get rid of a lot of their high-priced talent and turn to cheap youngsters like Russell, but it's more likely that they're going to engineer a turnaround like Texas did, without dealing any of their top talent.

    That leaves Russell on the outside looking in.

Wily Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

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    The Brewers are in good position to make the playoffs.

    But with Albert Pujols returning after the All-Star break and the Reds primed for another postseason run, it's likely going to take more than the team they have currently assembled to hold down the N.L. Central lead. 

    Unfortunately, trades for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke have thinned out their farm system, leaving them very little to bargain with come the trade deadline.

    One guy who could have some value for other teams is burly right-hander Wily Peralta, who has put together a fine campaign in 2011. He has averaged more than a strikeout per inning, and if you get rid of a tough stretch during May, he's pitched to an ERA of around 3.00.

    Peralta has the size and stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but it's likely going to be in another team's rotation.

Brett Jacobson, RHP, Minnesota Twins

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    Ascribing to the belief that a guy who has been traded before is much more likely to get dealt than another who hasn't, I'm pretty sure if any member of the Twins Double-A roster is going to be dealt it's likely to be Jacobson.

    Jacobson was dealt from Baltimore to Minnesota in the J.J. Hardy deal, and before that was sent from Detroit to the Orioles in a one-for-one swap for Aubrey Huff.

    Jacobson has had success just about everywhere he's been during his four-year minor league career. He won eight games and struck out almost one batter an inning last year for the Orioles High-A squad.

    This year Jacobson has split time between starting and relieving for New Britain and the results have been good no matter his role. His ERA is currently 4.24 and he's only surrendered seven home runs this season. A factor that might increase his trade-ability is the fact that his control seems to have deserted him.

    After struggling with his control, the wheels seem to have fallen off for the big right-hander. He's issued nearly as many walks (48) as he has strikeouts (60) leaving him much more susceptible to giving up runs despite the fact that hitters are hitting a career-low .227 against him.

    The Twins value strike-throwers more than any other organization, so if Jacobson can't find the strike-zone with regularity, he might not stick around much longer. 

Brad Holt, RHP, New York Mets

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    The Mets thought they were getting a pitcher who could get to the Majors pretty quickly when they tabbed Holt as their first-round pick (33rd-overall) back in 2008.

    He impressed greatly during his debut season, reaching Double-A just 24 starts into his career. 

    Unfortunately, that's where his career has stalled. In fact, since his promotion in 2009, Holt hasn't posted an ERA under 5.00 at any level, including a demotion to High-A ball during last season. He finished 2010 with a 3-14 record, and an ERA of 8.34.

    This year, Holt has continued to disappoint, issuing almost as many walks (50) as strikeouts (56) and notching a 4.88 ERA. Batters are hitting a paltry .215 against him, but his control issues have killed him, and his team. He's picked up losses in six of his 20 outings.

    Needless to say, the Mets are about ready to give up on Holt, but there could be some other teams out there who still have a little faith in him.

Austin Romine, C, New York Yankees

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    Romine isn't the best power-hitting catcher in the Yankees organization. That honor would fall to Jesus Montero. Romine also isn't the best at hitting for average. That too would be Montero.

    In fact, Romine probably ranks third on the Yankees depth chart at catcher, behind both Montero and Gary Sanchez.

    Still, if the Yankees were to for any reason dangle Romine and put him on the market, teams would line up for his services. Not only does he have a solid bat, but he's also the real deal on defense. He would make a very serviceable big-league starter, but would lack the flash that the Yankees like to look for in a player.

    And it's not like the Yankees have the patience to sit around and wait for him to reach Triple-A...and then the Majors.

Michael Taylor, OF, Oakland Athletics

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    For the first time since 2009, Taylor seems to have finally found his power stroke.

    After needing 127 games last year to bash six home runs, he's already cranked out nine in just 50 contests.

    Taylor is a massive specimen (6'5", 265 lbs) and was a part of the three-team trade that sent Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.

    In his time in Oakland, he has been largely a disappointment, becoming more of a singles-hitter than the extra-base machine he was in Philly.

    With Oakland still rebuilding and stocking their farm system with plenty of young, athletic (less large) outfielders, this could be the year that they try to move Taylor to a contender.

Van Worley, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies

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    There are those that feel that the Phillies are done dealing starting pitching prospects under the assumption that the Halladay-Lee-Oswalt triumvirate will eventually expire, either due to age or contract quibbles.

    And while you can't deny the fact that all three of them are in fact aging, like the rest of the human race, I don't think the Phillies have much to worry about. Down in the minors, they have a very promising set of young arms like Jarred Cosart, Trevor May, Brody Colvin and Jesse Biddle.

    Toss in the fact that Cole Hamels is still pretty young, and I'd say they could afford to deal some MLB-ready pitching, most notably Vance Worley, a 23-year-old right-hander who has been amazing in the minors this year (5-2, 2.31 ERA, 50:12 K:BB ratio) and just as good in the Majors (5-1, 2.15 ERA, 41:24 K:BB ratio).

    Come September, it's going to be Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels that lead this club, and they might even be able to survive with just those four in the playoffs.

    That doesn't leave much use for Worley, so if they could package him to get a piece they might need around the trade deadline, they shouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger.

Matt Hague, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    The one fault of the Pirates, up until about two years ago, was their willingness to deal veteran players for mid-tier prospects.

    They did it to acquire Daniel McCutchen, Gorkys Hernandez, Tim Alderson and Andrew Lambo.

    And while they slowly built a great collection of fourth outfield types and AAAA starters, they didn't get any elite talent in return for all those losses.

    Luckily, the Pirates have been pretty good at getting lucky with some players they themselves have drafted, like Neil Walker, Paul Maholm and Dan Moskos. They're hoping they hit on another with Hague, who is playing very well at Triple-A Indianapolis. He's hitting .320 with 27 doubles, eight homers and 49 RBI.

    Last year, Hague exploded onto the scene, hitting .295 with 15 home runs and 86 RBI for Double-A Altoona. That put him on the Pirates radar.

    With Lyle Overbay's average hovering around .240, it's conceivable that the Pirates might give Hague a chance later this season. However, given their propensity to go with veterans over rookies, he could just as well find himself in another organization.

Ryan Jackson, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

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    The Cards don't have too much prospect talent, and the guys that they do have, like Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez and Zack Cox, are pretty much guaranteed to be off-limits come trade time.

    That leaves guys like Ryan Jackson.

    Believe it or not, but heading into the 2009 season, Jackson was considered by many to be the top shortstop available in that year's draft. His defense was excellent and his bat was considered above-average. He didn't have the strongest season at Miami, and he slipped to the fifth-round where the Cardinals scooped him up.

    Since signing, he has slowly moved his way up the ladder, all the way to Double-A. 

    Jackson can play shortstop in the big-leagues, no question, but it's whether or not he can hit that will determine if he ever gets the chance. 

    If not, he should make a fine utility guy.

James Darnell, 3B, San Diego Padres

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    Darnell got off to an incredibly hot start this season, hitting .333 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI in 76 games for Double-A San Antonio, before earning a promotion to Triple-A just days before being named to the Team USA squad for the annual Futures Game.

    Unfortunately, he's not the top producing third baseman in the Padres system.

    That honor falls to Jedd Gyorko, San Diego's second-round pick from last year's draft. Gyorko is hitting .361 on the year with 20 homers and 81 RBI in 88 games. He too recently received a bump up a level, to Double-A, taking Darnell's spot on San Antonio's roster.

    While Darnell has a solid track record in the minors, Gyorko is a better prospect, meaning he'll likely get the nod when the time comes for the Padres to pick who they want manning the hot corner long-term for their big-league club.

Erik Surkamp, LHP, San Francisco Giants

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    The Giants have one of the weakest offensive Double-A teams in baseball.

    So obviously, not too many teams will be interested in any of their position player prospects, which makes San Fran incredibly lucky to have a guy of Surkamp's level on the mound.

    The left-hander exploded onto the scene two years ago, posting an 11-5 record, a 3.30 ERA and a 169:39 K:BB ratio. Last year he was even better, posting a 108:22 ratio, while maintaining a 3.11 ERA.

    This year, Surkamp has taken it to another level entirely, posting a 114:30 ratio, while keeping his ERA under 1.80 through 15 starts and one relief appearance.

    It's unlikely that the Giants would consider dealing Surkamp, but with the talent level they have in the big-leagues, there may not be any room for Surkamp if he continues his meteoric rise.

    And it doesn't seem like San Fran is going to be able to do much in the playoffs with this roster, meaning they're going to have to sacrifice somebody to get better now.

Carlos Triunfel, SS, Seattle Mariners

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    Triunfel may seem like an old prospect because he has four and a half minor league seasons under his belt, but somehow he's still only 21-years old.

    After a couple of tough seasons, including last year's struggle in Double-A, Triunfel seems to finally be getting the hang of pitchers in the Southern League. He's hitting .279, his highest average since 2008, and he has five home runs, just two shy of tying his career-high.

    Triunfel's defense is still a question mark, but with Nick Franklin in the fold in Seattle, it's probably not going to matter if Triunfel can get better.

    The long-term shortstop position is going to Franklin, leaving Triunfel looking for a new home.

Jake McGee, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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    A long-time starter in the minors (117 GS coming into 2011), McGee was tested out of the Rays bullpen down the stretch last year and he looked pretty solid.

    His performance was enough to earn him a spot in the Rays pen to start the season. Unfortunately, he didn't perform like he did in 2010, racking up a 5.14 ERA in 11 outings and issuing more walks than strikeouts. He found himself back in the minors for the rest of the month of May and he hasn't been back since.

    Luckily, McGee appears to have regained his form pitching for Triple-A Durham. He's only surrendered two earned runs since June 19th and has dropped his ERA to 2.70 in 24 appearances. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 38:8 is very strong and more in line with the numbers he posted in 2010.

    It looks like the Rays are going to keep him in the bullpen for the foreseeable future, and while he might play a big role down the stretch this season, the team might find it easier to go out and get a veteran who they know can be trusted in the clutch.

    That could leave McGee as one of their best pieces of trade-bait. Teams could be further enticed by his history as a starter.

Leury Garcia, SS, Texas Rangers

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    The road to the shortstop position in Texas has too many roadblocks for Garcia to find a home with the big-league club.

    For starters, the Rangers have a Gold Glove caliber shortstop on their big-league roster in Elvis Andrus, who was named to the A.L. All-Star Game roster last year and is widely considered one of the top young shortstops in the game.

    Behind Andrus, they have Jurickson Profar. You may have seen him at the Futures Game this past weekend. If you didn't, you missed a guy with tools oozing out of his hands, feet and bat. Profar is currently hitting .270 with 20 doubles, six triples and eight home runs as a 19-year old in Low-A ball. He also has five more walks (40) than strikeouts (35).

    That doesn't leave much room for Garcia, who is currently playing in High-A ball. He's hitting well (.273), but he doesn't have much power to speak of, and his plate discipline is way behind Profar's.

    With the Rangers trying to fight off the Angels for a playoff spot, it might make sense to include Garcia in a deal to bring a veteran to Arlington. 

Travis D'Arnaud, C, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Don't take this to mean anything other than the Blue Jays could likely get a better return for dealing D'Arnaud than any of their other catching prospects.

    D'Arnaud is the most complete package that the Blue Jays have behind the plate, combining solid defensive ability with an even approach at the plate that should allow him to hit for both power and average as he continues to climb up the ladder.

    This year for the Double-A Fisher Cats, D'Arnaud has slugged 12 home runs and has a .324 average.

Tyler Moore, 1B, Washington Nationals

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    The Nats got more than they bargained for with Moore, who they drafted in the 16th-round in 2008 out of Mississippi State.

    After a strong season in which Moore hit .297 and drove in 87 runs, the Nats decided to bump him up to High-A ball, where he responded with one of the strongest seasons of any hitter in 2010. 

    He hit .269, but rapped 43 doubles, slugged 31 home runs and drove in 111 runs. He was named the Carolina League Player of the Week four times en route to winning League MVP honors. He had his share of issues with strikeouts (125 Ks), but with his raw power, you can bet the Nats don't mind too much.

    Moore has gotten off to a strong start this year in Double-A, hitting 18 home runs and driving in 58 runs, while maintaining a .257 average.

    Unfortunately, he's still struggled to keep down the strikeouts. He already has 88 whiffs in 88 games and is on pace to set a new career-high.

    Also bad news for Moore is the fact that the Nats have Chris Marrero tearing up Triple-A hitting, to the tune of a .300 average. He also has nine home runs and 47 RBI. 

    Did I mention Marrero is also a year younger than Moore?

    If anyone is going to be on the move, it's likely to be Moore.