By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 9, 2014
It is very early during the 2014 MLB season but thankfully it is never too early to talk about trade possibilities. Actually it is during this time of the year that some possible trades begin to take shape. With that in mind we are going to look at 15 MLB stars who already look like they might be decent or great trade candidates. Take a look at this list and please feel free to add a few of your own in the comments section below.
Gallardo was all over the rumor circuit this offseason and there are few reasons to believe his name will be anywhere but there once again as the trade deadline approaches. He looks pretty good so far this season and if he continues to have a very good year, the trade chances actually go higher.
Rios is a quality player on all sides of the game but he does tend to find himself in trade situations where other teams would pay handsomely for his services. Look for the Rangers to benefit if they choose to trade him before his contract ends after this season.
The Padres are in a rough division to begin with. Add to that the fact that they are already finding themselves behind a little bit and you have a situation where they might be looking for trades come mid-season. They have plenty of outfielders after Carlos Quentin comes back so Denorfia would bring a good return.
We all know who is going to get the majority of the Padres starting catcher time from this point forward baring injury but that doesn't mean Hundley isn't good enough to play in a few key spots as well. Around the trade deadline at least one or two teams will be looking to add depth at catcher and he could be a great add there for someone.
Suzuki has been traded a lot in the last few years but that is not because he isn't good. Actually he will have plenty of chances this season to show what he can do. That unfortunately might just lead the Twins to see the value that can be had in trading him.
If Hart is able to show a little that he could do from either the DH or 1B spots this season, the Mariners might be able to ship him off somewhere for a decent return. As they get better they likely will want to improve in that spot on the roster as well.
Buck has proven himself to be one of the often traded backup catchers of late and that could be a key spot for the Mariners to trade from if they haev a spot or two that needs improvement mid-season.
The start that McGehee is off to could be a good thing for the Marlins in a number of ways. If the Marlins continue to stick towards the top of the division, they could benefit from his hot bat if indeed he stays that way. On the other hand if the Marlins slip just a little bit, many general managers would be salivating over a heavy hitting third baseman.
The Nationals are straight up in a tough spot at first base. On one hand they have their third baseman, Ryan Zimmermann who is going to be very limited in his ability to throw at third base for a while. On the other hand their hottest hitter right now is their current first baseman LaRoche. If they can convince another GM to take LaRoche regardless of his up and down tendencies, it could be the best situation.
Harang is an important part of the Braves starting rotation right now because they are still hurting. However they will not be less than 100 percent for long, at least when it comes to the guys available this season. If Harang can continue to pitch well, the Braves might have a huge bonus on their hands if they could trade the veteran starter to another contender.
Doumit can do a little bit of everything and actually he seems to be taking on the role this season that Evan Gattis played last year. That does not mean they wouldn't be best served in trading the veteran who can play so many different positions.
As recently as a few months ago the Giants were rumored to be interested in trading their big third baseman. Regardless of their other options at third base, he would probably bring back a decent return in a trade.
Soriano is a quality bat for the Yankees but he also could bring back a decent return in a trade. They have enough outfielders to make up the difference if they were to get something they liked back.
Bonifacio is off to a good start for the Cubs and that is a really good thing because they have too many infielders assuming they will bring up at least one of their minor league big shots before the end of the season. Bonifacio is a solid addition for anyone looking for a middle infielder who can also play other positions.
Right now the mix of Dunn, Paul Konerko and Jose Abreu is working well but it seems obvious that the trade-happy White Sox would be all for trading their slugging DH if interest arises. Sure Dunn strikes out a lot but he also is a huge home run threat off the bench. It would be shocking if they don't at least try to find interest here.
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