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15 MLB Players Who Will Be Playing For Different Teams By Trade Deadline

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Around the trade deadline, there are a handful of players almost certain to find new homes in July. Most will be moving into better situations as they will be moving from cellar dwellers to contenders. The make-up of the league is ready for a change and that will start when these 15 players are dealt.

15. RHP Jason Hammel - Chicago Cubs

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15. RHP Jason Hammel - Chicago Cubs

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Hammel is the best second-tier pitcher on the market and that makes him enticing to several teams. For those contenders who don't want to pay top trade dollar for a David Price or Jeff Samardzija, Hammel could be a great cheaper option.

14. RHP Huston Street - San Diego Padres

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14. RHP Huston Street - San Diego Padres

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Street is pitching lights out in a closer role this season and could be a closer or set-up man for a contender. Most of the time, contenders have a closer already set, but the way Street is pitching, he could be closing games for a contender in October.

13. LHP David Price - Tampa Bay Rays

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13. LHP David Price - Tampa Bay Rays

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The biggest name available on the trade market is Price, who seems destined to leave Tampa Bay very soon. He's not going to re-sign so the team needs to get what they can for their ace this trade deadline.

12. OF Nate Schierholtz - Chicago Cubs

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12. OF Nate Schierholtz - Chicago Cubs

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Schierholtz has had a rough season in Chicago, but the Cubs will take just about anything for him at this point. They soon will have no room in their outfield and anything they get for him is icing. He could be a solid left-handed bat coming off the bench for a contender.

11. 2B Daniel Murphy - New York Mets

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11. 2B Daniel Murphy - New York Mets

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Murphy is putting together the best season of his career and the Mets need prospects. Those two things would lead one to believe the Mets will flip Murphy for prospects in order to rebuild for the future.

10. RHP Joakim Soria - Texas Rangers

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10. RHP Joakim Soria - Texas Rangers

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Soria seems like a perfect fit for a few contenders as a set-up man. For those with established closers, they would do well to have Soria set up. The Rangers are starting to tank and could look to clean house in the near future.

9. IF/OF Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays

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9. IF/OF Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays haven't been this bad in a long time, but they have the worst record in all of baseball and need to clear out some veterans. Zobrist is valuable because he's an above average hitter and a solid utility player. Every contender could use someone like that down the stretch.

8. RHP Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs

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8. RHP Jeff Samardzija - Chicago Cubs

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After turning the down the Cubs' most recent contract extension offer, Samardzija's days in Chicago are numbered. Along with Price and Cliff Lee, Samardzija is one of the premier names on the market this season and will command a high price in any deal.

7. RHP Justin Masterson - Cleveland Indians

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7. RHP Justin Masterson - Cleveland Indians

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Masterson is finally coming into his own and could become a bona fide ace, so any team that's able to trade for him with a chance to re-sign him should take that chance. He's been one of the most improved pitchers in baseball the last couple seasons and could really bolster someone's rotation in the final months of the season.

6. 3B Chase Headley - San Diego Padres

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6. 3B Chase Headley - San Diego Padres

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Even though Headley has struggled, teams around the league still know what he's capable of. When he's on, Headley can carry a team. That alone should be enough to get the Padres a trade partner for their soon-to-be free agent.

5. SS Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox

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5. SS Alexei Ramirez - Chicago White Sox

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The subject of trade speculation for the last couple years, Ramirez could finally be on the move this July. It seems like the White Sox are moving in a younger direction and receiving a package of prospects for their aging shortstop would appear wise.

4. LHP Cliff Lee - Philadelphia Phillies

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4. LHP Cliff Lee - Philadelphia Phillies

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Even though Lee is aging, he's a lefty and has experienced playoff success in the past. Those two things will make teams interested if the price isn't too high. It's more likely that teams will just want to loan him out for this season rather than sign him to an extension as well.

3. OF Josh Willingham - Minnesota Twins

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3. OF Josh Willingham - Minnesota Twins

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Willingham is a solid veteran piece to any winning puzzle and he's actually having one of the best seasons of his career. The Twins could add to their already-loaded farm system by dealing him and it certainly seems like that's what they're going to do.

2. OF Carlos Quentin - San Diego Padres

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2. OF Carlos Quentin - San Diego Padres

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Quentin has great power upside that most teams could use coming of the bench. He's a low key move that could make or break a team's season and he would likely be relatively cheap in terms of prospects.

1. RHP Kyle Kendrick - Philadelphia Phillies

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1. RHP Kyle Kendrick - Philadelphia Phillies

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Kendrick is another second-tier pitcher a team could decide to deal for if the top flight pitchers are attached to too high an asking price. He seems to finally be reaching his potential and could be a loan player as well as a long-term solution depending on who decides to trade for him.