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MLB Trade Rumors: Every Position’s Top Target Before 2014 Deadline

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MLB Trade Rumors: Every Position's Top Target Before 2014 Deadline

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With the 2014 MLB trade deadline quickly approaching, the trade rumors are beginning to heat up. There’s no guarantee that most of the players mentioned in the rumors will be dealt, but it’s always interesting to speculate. Here’s a look at every position’s top target before the 2014 MLB trade deadline.

Catcher: Kurt Suzuki

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Catcher: Kurt Suzuki

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With only a one-year deal, the Minnesota Twins would be wise to trade Kurt Suzuki at the deadline, especially since he’s performed well at the plate this season. A .299 batting average, 32 RBI, and 15 doubles should net plenty in return.

First Base: Adam Dunn

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First Base: Adam Dunn

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Adam Dunn always appears to be mentioned in trade rumors every year, with this season being no different. Dunn is known for his power, which means any team that needs someone to hit a lot of home runs should look into him. However, that same team needs to understand that he’s going to strike out a lot. For that reason, he can be a bit of a liability if his bat disappears. Nonetheless, it will be a shock if the White Sox don’t trade him.

Second Base: Daniel Murphy

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Second Base: Daniel Murphy

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There are a few second basemen who will be deep in trade rumors over the next few weeks. However, no one will bring in more prospects than Daniel Murphy will. The reason for that is because of his .303 batting average, six home runs, 32 RBI and 19 doubles. The man hits for average and can flash power, which is hard to find in a quality second baseman. On top of everything else, he will still be under control by the team that acquires him next sea

Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins

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Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins

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It would be sad to see Jimmy Rollins get dealt, especially since he has played for the Philadelphia Phillies his entire career. Rollins has been fantastic this season, which is exactly why the Phillies need to trade him in order to replenish their depleted farm system. It’s true that he has a no-trade clause, but the opportunity to play for a contender will make him waive that.

Third Base: Martin Prado

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Third Base: Martin Prado

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have flirted with the idea of trading Martin Prado. His .268 batting average, three home runs, 35 RBI and 13 doubles would definitely help a lot of teams out down the stretch. Not to mention, he’s decent on defense. Arizona should be able to get solid prospects in return for him, which is why they will most likely deal him in the ensuing weeks.

Left Field: Seth Smith

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Left Field: Seth Smith

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Seth Smith is practically guaranteed to get traded prior to the deadline. At this point, it’s just a matter of where he will land. Even though his batting average dipped last month, he’s still a great value because he has proven to put forth solid production.

Center Field: Matt Kemp

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Center Field: Matt Kemp

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It’s hard to say if the Los Angeles Dodgers will actually trade Matt Kemp, although his name continues to circulate in trade rumors. He’s by far the best center fielder that has been made available due to his ability to light it up on offense.

Right Field: Marlon Byrd

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Right Field: Marlon Byrd

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Marlon Byrd has been outstanding in 2014. His .271 batting average, 16 home runs, 49 RBI and 19 doubles are enough to convince any team to want to trade for him. The Phillies are at the point where they need to get some quality prospects, which means Byrd will likely be dealt in the coming weeks.

Starting Pitcher: David Price

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Starting Pitcher: David Price

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There is no player who has been under more scrutiny than ace David Price when it comes to trade rumors. It seems that just about every team in contention has been linked to him at one time or another. Price has said that being involved so publicly in the trade rumors has frustrated him, but that won’t stop the Tampa Bay Rays from dealing him. Several starters could have been put on this list, but Price’s numbers are the best among them.

Setup Man: Joaquin Benoit

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Setup Man: Joaquin Benoit

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Reliever Joaquin Benoit’s 1.30 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 13 holds in 34 appearances should allow the San Diego Padres to get some decent players in return once they trade him. The organization has made it very clear they plan on having a fire sale, with Benoit definitely being one of the players who will be dealt. As of right now, there’s no better setup man available for a trade.

Closer: Huston Street

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Closer: Huston Street

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Closer Huston Street is another player from the Padres who will probably be dealt at the trade deadline. The good news for any team who gets him is that he is more than willing to leave San Diego. His impressive 0.90 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 appearances makes him a top commodity in the ensuing weeks.