By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 29, 2014
As the July 31 MLB trade deadline inches closer, more players will be involved in trade rumors. With a second Wild Card spot added a couple of years ago more teams believe they have a legitimate shot of clinching a playoff berth. Consequently, the trade deadline has been more amped than ever before. On this list, there are 10 trades that could happen before the All-Star break.
With Sean Burnett getting placed back on the disabled list, the Los Angeles Angels will be looking for a left-handed reliever. Ideally, they would like to promote internally. However, the Angels know that a trade might be the only way to improve the bullpen. One player that MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez believes will fit the need perfectly is Philadelphia Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo, who has a 3.91 ERA in 23 appearances.
The New York Yankees are in desperate need of bolstering their starting rotation. At this point, it’s just a matter of time until they acquire another starter. One player that many believe could fit the bill is Cliff Lee, who would provide quality veteran experience as the Yankees attempt to get back to the playoffs. The big issue would be whether or not New York has the necessary prospects to get the deal done.
Another player that has been linked to the Yankees is J.J. Hardy. The Baltimore Orioles and the 31-year-old didn’t come to a contract agreement in the offseason, which means the organization might feel the need to get something in return for him before he leaves via free agency. New York is looking for a stellar shortstop to fill the absence of legend Derek Jeter, a role that Hardy can succeed in.
It’s no secret the Boston Red Sox are in the market for an outfielder, especially if they can find themselves back in the hunt for the AL East. With Kemp’s rumored unhappiness with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the chances of him getting dealt is rising. The issue the Red Sox will face is how much they are willing to pay of the 107 million dollars he’s still owed. Regardless, the trade rumor is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Andre Ethier is another Dodger outfielder who could be traded prior to the deadline. Los Angeles has plenty of depth at the outfield position, which means they will likely trade someone to fill another need on the team, especially if the team falls out of playoff contention at the end of July. The Red Sox want to acquire an outfielder this summer, and Ethier will be a better fit financially than Kemp.
With Prince Fielder done for the season, the Texas Rangers must upgrade first base. There are several first basemen the Rangers have shown interest in, including Tyler Moore of the Washington Nationals. Moore is a solid bat off the bench who has shown signs of success when placed in the starting lineup. If anything, acquiring Moore would give Texas the option of using him as a designated hitter, first baseman, or in a bench role.
With the Tampa Bay Rays currently in last place, it’s inevitable that David Price will be traded at some point this summer. Several teams have been linked to him, including the St. Louis Cardinals. The biggest concern would be losing Price in free agency once the season concludes, especially since he could command enough money to break the bank for most teams. On the flip side, the addition of Price would give St. Louis a huge advantage in the di
Another player who is linked to the Cardinals is Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. One area St. Louis has suffered in this season is power at the plate. Stanton crushes the ball consistently and also hits for average, which could be a devastating combo for opponents. It is unknown how likely this trade is to happen, but there’s no question it would give the Cardinals a necessary weapon to compete with the Brewers in the NL Central.
One of the hottest names in trade rumors is Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. Numerous teams have already shown interest in the starter, with the Orioles looking to be the frontrunner. Even though Baltimore has plenty of talent in their farm system, acquiring Samardzija could allow the Orioles to walk away with the division. More importantly, Baltimore has the best tradable assets that would entice Chicago to get a deal done.
Samardzija is going to get dealt one way or another this summer, which means if he doesn’t land in Baltimore there’s a good chance New York will snatch him up. The Yankees are going to make a play for a starter at some point, and Samardzija just so happens to be a talented pitcher who could open the door for all sorts of possibilities. He could potentially be a long-term asset for the Yankees if they are able to sign him to multiple years.
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