15 Projected MLB All-Stars Who Could Be Traded in 2014

15 Stars Who Could Be Traded

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Is it too early for this list? Maybe. The fact is we can look at years past and see the trends. We know what players look like they can be All-Stars. From that, we know that some teams will most likely not be in the race come June and July. That means they could be looking to ship some of their stars for future picks and prospects. These fifteen players might make an All-Star team and then finish the season somewhere else.

15. Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia Phillies

Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia Phillies
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15. Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia Phillies

Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia Phillies
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Since Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Phillies back in 2011, it seems fans have periodically called for his head. It seems like the chips will finally fall on a Papelbon trade. The Phillies look old outside of Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd, and I don't see them keeping pace with the Braves and the Nationals. Everyone in the world looks for bullpen help in a playoff race. This one seems pretty likely.

14. Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles

Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles
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14. Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles

Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles
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Nelson Cruz is one of the best stories of the year. After dealing with last year's Biogenesis scandal, he hit nine home runs and 29 RBIs in the first 30 games. This may be a bold prediction since the Orioles will be in the playoff race for most of the season, but I think they can get something of real value for him, even though he is only signed to a one-year deal.

13. Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays

Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays
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13. Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays

Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays
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What? This is where some interesting picks happen. Ben Zobrist is one of the most underrated second basemen in baseball. The Rays understand this, as do many GMs in the league. With the second base position being one of the weakest in the league (Brian Roberts is the starter on the Yankees), I think this team can get a haul for Zobrist.

12. Ichiro Suzuki - New York Yankees

Ichiro Suzuki - New York Yankees
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12. Ichiro Suzuki - New York Yankees

Ichiro Suzuki - New York Yankees
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The Yankees' outfield is stacked with talent right now. With Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner already on the roster, Ichiro seems to be the odd man out. This is a shame since he is the best hitter on the Yankees right now. He is currently hitting .373 in 51 at bats. If the Yankees can't find a place for him, they need to move him.

11. Chase Headley - San Diego Padres

Chase Headley - San Diego Padres
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11. Chase Headley - San Diego Padres

Chase Headley - San Diego Padres
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The big issue here isn't whether Headley will get traded, but whether he can turn around a terrible start to make an All-Star team. I think he can. I think he will come back from injury on Saturday and be better than ever. The Padres will use this resurgence to make him available to the rest of the league.

10. Melky Cabrera - Toronto Blue Jays

Melky Cabrera - Toronto Blue Jays
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10. Melky Cabrera - Toronto Blue Jays

Melky Cabrera - Toronto Blue Jays
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Melky Cabrera was one of the best leadoff men of the first month of the season. His .331 batting average is top five in the American League. I don't think the Blue Jays have enough pitching to stay afloat in the AL East, so they will eventually move some of their pieces. With Cabrera in the final year of his deal, moving him would make sense.

9. Dallas Keuchel - Houston Astros

Dallas Keuchel - Houston Astros
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9. Dallas Keuchel - Houston Astros

Dallas Keuchel - Houston Astros
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You may not know his name yet, but this guy could end up being the Houston Astros' representative for the All-Star game. In his third season, it seems like Dallas Keuchel has finally figured it out. He has a 3.68 ERA to go along with 40 strikeouts in seven starts. He is at around eight K/9. Teams will want a guy with this kind of stuff, and Houston will gladly take some prospects for him.

8. Huston Street - San Diego Padres

Huston Street - San Diego Padres
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8. Huston Street - San Diego Padres

Huston Street - San Diego Padres
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If I told you prior to the season that the best closers in the league in the first six weeks were going to be Huston Street and Francisco Rodriguez, you would think I was crazy. Street has been one of the few bright spots for the Padres this season. It seems that when a bad team has a good closer, he ends up playing somewhere else by the end of the year.

7. Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs

Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs
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7. Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs

Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs
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It sounds crazy from every single angle, but everyone you talk to who is "in the know" thinks it's inevitable that Jeff Samardzija is going to get traded. The former Notre Dame product would definitely become the most coveted piece on the trade market. Will a team sell the farm to pick up Samardzija?

6. Kurt Suzuki - Minnesota Twins

Kurt Suzuki - Minnesota Twins
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6. Kurt Suzuki - Minnesota Twins

Kurt Suzuki - Minnesota Twins
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There aren't a lot of catchers who are going to be made available. I am sure there are plenty of people who don't even remember Kurt Suzuki is still in the league. He is on the Minnesota Twins, and he is having a very good season, hitting .297 with 22 RBIs. I am not sure if this will be enough to get an All-Star nod, but the position is weak this year in the AL.

5. David Price - Tampa Bay Rays

David Price - Tampa Bay Rays
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5. David Price - Tampa Bay Rays

David Price - Tampa Bay Rays
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This is just puzzling, but again everyone is saying that the Rays are looking to move their ace. David Price will bring a haul once the trade deadline comes along. He's had a rough start, but he will turn it around in May if he focuses on the pitching and not the off-the-field stuff.

4. A.J. Burnett - Philadelphia Phillies

A.J. Burnett - Philadelphia Phillies
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4. A.J. Burnett - Philadelphia Phillies

A.J. Burnett - Philadelphia Phillies
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A.J. Burnett was one of the most controversial signings of the offseason. He was pegged as either going back to the Pittsburgh Pirates or retiring. He ended up following the money, and prior to Thursday night he has been lights out. He still has an ERA under three and a 1.29 WHIP. When the Phils are out of it, they will send Burnett to the highest bidder.

3. Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox

Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox
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3. Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox

Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox
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The Chicago White Sox are doing their best to stay afloat in the AL Central. It just doesn't seem like they have enough talent to go up against the Tigers or even the Indians who have had a rough start. Once they fall out of the race they will look to trade some of their expiring contracts. Ramirez is the best of their expiring contracts. As of right now he should be an All-Star, and he looks like the most profitable trade target.

2. Jonathon Niese - New York Mets

Jonathon Niese - New York Mets
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2. Jonathon Niese - New York Mets

Jonathon Niese - New York Mets
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The Mets have such a plethora of starting pitching depth that they will have to trade one eventually. Jonathon Niese has been essential to the team's fight to stay above .500, and I think a team will offer a very good hitter in exchange for him. This might be the biggest trade of the deadline.

1. Mark Buehrle - Toronto Blue Jays

Mark Buehrle - Toronto Blue Jays
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1. Mark Buehrle - Toronto Blue Jays

Mark Buehrle - Toronto Blue Jays
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What can you say about Mark Buehrle's start to the 2014 season? He is leading the American League in wins, is second in ERA and has been everything the Blue Jays were hoping he could be and more. The reason the team is still in the race for the AL East is partly due to him. He will be an All-Star, and once the Jays fall out of the race, he will be traded to a team that needs a third starter.

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