MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Outfielders Who Should Be Sought After
5 Outfielders MLB Teams Should Target
It seems as if every MLB season's trade deadline comes with a big-name outfielder being dealt. This season has been no different as Alfonso Soriano has already been traded from the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees in one of the biggest deals of the season.
While Soriano seems to be a huge story, there may be bigger deals to come. The three outfield positions seem to be somewhat unimportant when looking at each individual position. You might think that two solid outfielders out of three isn't too bad, right? Well, in order to have a successful World Series-type team, every position has to contribute, even the last guy on the roster.
Some top teams have no help in the outfield and are looking for just one bat to add to their lineup, and there are many guys that are likely to be on the market. Josh Hamilton was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels this offseason in order to add the extra bat needed to reach a World Series. However, those plans have gone a bit awry and Hamilton is struggling, just like the Angels are. They might be a squad looking for some outfield help.
Los Angeles' outfield is already pretty locked up, but adding another bat to the lineup as a substitute or maybe even designated hitter would be extremely beneficial to their long-term needs.
The Angels are not the only team searching for that extra pop in the lineup; many top contenders seem to be looking to add a solid outfielder, maybe even an already-proven star.
I have compiled a list of five outfielders that teams in the bigs should definitely consider adding. They may not even be on the trade block, but it doesn't hurt to try.
Jeff Baker, Texas Rangers
Jeff Baker may not be the ideal trade deadline target for most teams, but a backup outfielder that is sure to bring about some solid production will be welcomed anywhere. The 32-year-old right fielder has bounced around from team to team in his nine-year career, but is on pace to have his best season yet. He's hitting a healthy .326 with nine home runs and 16 RBIs.
Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies
Currently on the DL, Ben Revere may still be sought after by many contending teams. While he doesn't have much power, he has one thing that many teams salivate over: speed. His 22 stolen bases this season are no joke and a .305 average isn't too bad either.
Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gomez has been one of very few bright spots for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Amidst all of the Ryan Braun talk, Gomez has kept at it and done his job successfully. A young center fielder with a .305 average, 17 home runs and 52 RBIs will be coveted by many teams. He may be untouchable, however.
Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox
Alex Rios has to be one of the hottest outfield commodities on the market right now. The Chicago White Sox have reportedly shown interest in shopping the 32-year-old right fielder, so there will definitely be people knocking on the door to get the guy. He's hitting a modest .272 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. With the right prospects, Rios could be attained without giving up too much.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
This is the one guy on this list that every team should want. Giancarlo Stanton is one of the only pieces on the Miami Marlins that's worth having right now, and there has to be a handful of teams calling about his availability. If a team is in contention and looking for an outfielder, they need to look no further than the 23-year-old budding superstar. He's hitting just .262 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs, but he's missed about 40 games, stalling his production a bit.