MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Landing Spots For Kurt Suzuki

MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Could Have Interest In Kurt Suzuki

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With Joe Mauer moving to first base, the Minnesota Twins signed Kurt Suzuki to take his place behind the plate. He has exceeded expectations (.312 with 40 RBI) as he was an All-Star for the first time this year.

The Twins reportedly have started talks about a contract extension with Suzuki's agent, but nothing is imminent. Suzuki is now the team's top asset as the trade deadline approaches, and here are five potential landing spots for him.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

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5. Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Dodgers are not struggling offensively in any great measure, but they may seek better production behind the plate than what A.J. Ellis (.216 with 10 RBI this season) and others offer.

4. Detroit Tigers

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4. Detroit Tigers

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The Tigers look likely to win the American League Central, but general manager Dave Dombrowski is not afraid to make moves and an upgrade behind the plate would further bolster what is already one of the American League's best offenses.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

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3. Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays have re-entered the playoff picture with a six-game winning streak and a 12-4 record in July. Suzuki would go right to the top of a depth chart that includes a currently injured Ryan Hanigan (oblique), an offensively challenged Jose Molina and an unproven Curt Casali.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

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2. St. Louis Cardinals

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Yadier Molina may be out for the rest of the regular season with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Suzuki would be a clear upgrade over the combination of Tony Cruz and the recently signed George Kottaras.

1. Baltimore Orioles

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1. Baltimore Orioles

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With Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery) out for the season, the Orioles should be in the market for a catcher as they look to stay atop the American League East.

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