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MLB's Untouchable Players

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Every team has a player it would give up in the right deal. David Price, who may have been seen as untouchable, all of a sudden is drawing a lot of trade interest as the trade deadline creeps closer. Let's examine each team's most untouchable player from the 25-man roster.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

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If there is one player on the Diamondbacks you can see as untouchable, it is Paul Goldschmidt. He is compiling another great year for Arizona already having a 4.2 WAR. He also has 16 home runs and 61 RBIs this season. Arizona would not trade Goldschmidt.

Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman

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Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman

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Atlanta has some talented players on its roster, but the team would not give up first baseman Freddie Freeman. Freeman is hitting near. 300 for the second year in a row and is on pace to hit 20 home runs again. Someone who hits for average with power does not come around often.

Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones

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Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones

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Adam Jones has been one of the most important players on the Orioles ever since he arrived. Jones has hit 30-plus home runs the last two seasons and is now close to hitting .300 this season. Jones is also an excellent defender in center field winning three Gold Glove awards and on his way to a fourth. There's no way Baltimore ever gets rid of him.

Boston Red Sox: Jon Lester

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Boston Red Sox: Jon Lester

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Although the Red Sox and Jon Lester are still at the negotiating table, it would just seem weird to see him in any other uniform. I don't think Lester would leave Boston, making him the most untouchable player on the team.

Chicago Cubs: Arismendy Alcantara

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Chicago Cubs: Arismendy Alcantara

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Arismendy Alcantara was not supposed to be in the majors for more than two days, but it seems as though he has taken Darwin Barney's spot in the field. Alcantara's .391/.400/.739 in 23 at bats for the Cubs in five games is enough to keep him there. Alcantara is proving to be untradeable even during the rebuild.

Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale

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Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale

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The Chicago White Sox have multiple untouchable guys. Chris Sale and Jose Abreu are the top two, but for now Sale is more untouchable. Chicago has a solid starting pitcher in Sale and should not be required to give that up for any price.

Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton

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Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton

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There is no one in baseball like Billy Hamilton. The speedy young outfielder can change the game with a stolen base and it is a key asset the Reds possess. Any offer that comes the Reds' way for Hamilton will be shut down.

Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley

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Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley

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Michael Brantley is quickly becoming the face of the Cleveland Indians. Brantley is hitting .322/.382/.519 for Cleveland this season and is going to be a main player for the Indians for the next couple years of his career.

Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado

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Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado

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Troy Tulowitzki may be the best player on the Rockies, but that does not mean he's untouchable. Nolan Arenado would represent the untouchable factor. Arenado is stepping into his own this season hitting nearly .300 along with 30 RBIs. If he stays healthy, he will produce even bigger numbers for Colorado this season and play a more important role in the franchise.

Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera

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Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera

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Miguel Cabrera is going to retire a Detroit Tiger. Cabrera is the face of the organization and will be until the end of his career. No team would be willing to trade for Cabrera, and Detroit is not going to give him up for anything.

Kansas City Royals; Salvador Perez

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Kansas City Royals; Salvador Perez

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It is hard to find a catcher like Salvador Perez these days. Perez is a solid hitter and is slowly becoming the best player on the Royals. Perez's power numbers are starting to increase with 11 home runs already this season opposed to only 13 last year. If you're a Royals fan, you want Perez on your team for awhile.

Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout

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Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout

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Mike Trout is the face of baseball. He brings a certain standard to the field that every team would like to have. Trout is one of the most important players in the game right now, and he should never be able to leave the Angels.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw

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The Dodgers can attribute a lot of their success to the two-time NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, and despite being injured to start the year, he has made up the time to be really dominant. He also threw his first no-hitter this season. Kershaw is never leaving Dodger blue.

Miami Marlins: Jose Fernandez

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Miami Marlins: Jose Fernandez

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Because the Miami Marlins have not re-signed Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez becomes more untouchable. Fernandez is a superstar in the making. Miami is still taking calls on Stanton no matter how much the team tries to deny it.

Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy

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Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy

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A prime candidate for NL MVP, Jonathan Lucroy has really stepped up his game this year. Lucroy has surpassed Ryan Braun as face of the Brewers and should be considered untouchable, especially if he pulls out an MVP award this year.

Minnesota Twins: Kyle Gibson

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Minnesota Twins: Kyle Gibson

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The Twins do not have much star power on the team, and with Joe Mauer sort of fading, young pitcher Kyle Gibson becomes the new face of the Twins. Gibson has improved over the last year, striking out 53 batters in 101 innings this year. He is the ace of the staff and will not be traded any time soon.

New York Mets: David Wright

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New York Mets: David Wright

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David Wright is untouchable, because the Mets made so many promises to him that the organization cannot trade him. Wright could be playing for a contender if he did not agree to a contract extension. That is why he is even more untouchable than Matt Harvey.

New York Yankees: Mark Teixeira

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New York Yankees: Mark Teixeira

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Nobody in their right mind would try and trade for Masahiro Tanaka at this point, but Mark Teixeira could draw some interest in the future. However, Teixeira has bounced back significantly from injury last year and is on his way to eclipsing marks he had in 2012. Teixeira seems like the only who can drive in runs these days for the battered Yanks.

Oakland Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes

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Oakland Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes

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The Athletics are one of the best teams in baseball and are not made up of superstars. Yoenis Cespedes is probably the closest to superstardom on the team. His back-to-back Home Run Derby championships is just one of the draws he brings to the A's. Oakland cannot afford to lose him.

Philadelphia Phillies: Cody Asche

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Philadelphia Phillies: Cody Asche

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The Phillies don't have much these days, but the team does have a franchise infielder like Cody Asche on the lineup. Philadelphia may trade away Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins, but Asche is there to stay -- for now.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen

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Pittsburgh may have Andrew McCutchen on a deal with a small amount of money, but that will change. McCutchen is the face of the Pirates and the top draw. He will get a big deal from the Pirates when his current contract runs out.

San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross

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San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross

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The San Diego Padres do not have any real franchise players since the team is shopping guys like Chase Headley, Ian Kennedy and Huston Street. That could leave one to think Tyson Ross is untouchable at this stage. Ross made the NL All-Star team this year with a 2.85 ERA in a major league-leading 20 starts. He would be the only guy to be considered untouchable right now.

San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey

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San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey

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A Rookie of the Year award and MVP in his short career with the Giants makes Buster Posey untouchable. There is no way Posey will leave the Giants with the way the team has built around him. Posey was also a critical part of getting San Francisco two World Series titles in 2010 and 2012.

Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez

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Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez

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He is the King of Seattle. Felix Hernandez will be the face of the Mariners for quite some time. Not even the New York Yankees could get their hands on Hernandez. Seattle will not give him up, and why should they? He is 121-88 with 1,857 strikeouts in his 9.5 years with the club.

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright

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St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright

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If you have a starting pitcher like Adam Wainwright, it is best to keep building around him. Wainwright has been a great pitcher for the Cardinals for some time and is going to duke it out with the Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young award. Wainwright should finish his career with the Cardinals.

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria

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Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria

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The Rays will have Evan Longoria until 2023. The team committed a significant amount of money to the third baseman. They chose Longoria over David Price, and that is why Longoria is untouchable and Price is being shopped around the league.

Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish

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Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish

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Yu Darvish might be the next pitcher to touch 300 strikeouts in a season, something that has not been done since Randy Johnson's time. Darvish is the best player on the Rangers by far, and if Texas is smart enough, he will not be moving anywhere in his career.

Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista

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Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista

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Jose Bautista has revived baseball in Toronto. Since he began hitting dingers with the Blue Jays, Bautista has created a large fan following via social media and is one of the more popular players in the league. His popularity and style of play draws fans to Rogers Centre making him a key component in the organization.

Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper

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Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper could be considered a troublemaker, but he is what people come to the ballpark for. He brings his electric style and hustle to the field, and that is what the Nationals need for the future of the franchise. Harper is not going anywhere any time soon.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.