MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Infielders Who Should Be Sought After
5 Infielders MLB Teams Should Target At The Trade Deadline
The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching and many contending teams will be looking to add contributors to their team. The infield positions will be highly sought after by many teams in the upcoming days. With the deadline just hours away, which infielders will be looked at as possible additions to top teams?
Many teams have seen their infield deteriorate this season. For example, the Detroit Tigers have lost second baseman Omar Infante to an injury that has kept him out nearly a month. Also, the New York Yankees have dealt with losses of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, basically playing the majority of their 2013 campaign while reenacting the movie The Replacements.
Teams look at first basemen to be big bat in the lineup most of the time. Hitting home runs and driving in runs is the main description and need from the position. Second basemen are looked at for mostly contact hitting and stellar defense. Teams that find a second baseman with above-average power and a good average don't let him go because that is a rare combination for the position.
Shortstops are sometimes a toss-up. Having range and a strong arm is key for a solid shortstop, but the offense may be a bit give-or-take. Teams that has a shortstop with a combination of both offense and stellar defense have found a gem.
Third base may be the most important position in the infield. There are very few third baseman that will be for sale this trade deadline since it is such an important position, even for teams that are no longer contending for a playoff spot.
Take a look at the five infielders MLB teams should seriously consider adding.
Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 30, may be getting up there in age, but the Milwaukee Brewers second baseman could be a top target for a team looking for a veteran. He has proven in the past that he can be productive, and that's obviously a pretty good attribute to have. There's no doubt the power-hitting second baseman will be put on the trade block.
Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
Adam Dunn has the power of an ox and the strikeout consistency higher than anyone in the history of MLB -- or so it seems. The 33-year-old first baseman is literally hit-or-miss. He has 120 strikeouts this season, but some teams may think that his 25 home runs, 63 RBIs and 53 walks make up for it.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Many teams will be taking a close look at Chase Utley. The 34-year-old had seen his numbers decline for quite some time now, but he still has a rare combination of speed, power and contact as well as solid defense. He could be a great addition to a team looking for a proven veteran infielder, or even a designated hitter in the American League.
Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Young was once the best contact-hitting third baseman in baseball, but age has gotten the better of him as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He's hitting a modest .277 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs, but many teams have shown a lot of interest in the former Texas Rangers third baseman. He would be a perfect fit for nearly every contending team needing that veteran presence.
Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Jean Segura has proven to be one of the best young shortstops in all of baseball this season. The Milwaukee Brewers have seen the trade value of the 23-year-old budding star skyrocket. Hitting .313 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs is no joke — oh, and he has 31 stolen bases too. He is likely untouchable at this point.