Possible Trade Deadline Targets

Who Could be Moved at the Trade Deadline?

6/10/13 in MLB   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Apr 30, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (right) celebrates his home run with designated hitter Delmon Young (3) in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY SportsWe’ve still got plenty of time before the MLB Trade Deadline, but here’s a little preview of some names we could see changing places when July 31st comes around. 
 
AJ Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
 
The Pirates are very much in the race for the NL Wildcard as of now, but if things start going south in Pittsburgh, they’re likely to get some attractive offers from teams looking for a veteran number two or three starter for their playoff rotation.
 
Matt Garza, SP, Chicago Cubs
 
Injuries have plagued Garza’s 2013 campaign so far, but his career 3.84 record and previous post-season experience makes him an intriguing trade option.
 
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Cleveland Indians
 
With 13 home runs so far in 2013, Reynolds could provide some power to a lot of lineups looking for a dangerous make-or-break sort of bat.  He’d fit well at the bottom of the Yankees lineup or maybe a move back to the National League could be in his future with the offensive struggles in Washington.
 
Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
 
The Phillies still have a reasonable shot at the playoffs this year, but if they fail to lift themselves securely over .500 by the trade deadline, it’s reasonable to think they may look for some young talent to match with emerging star Domonic Brown.
 
Tim Lincecum, P, San Francisco Giants
 
Probably one of the most interesting names on the market this year, Lincecum has struggled yet again in 2013, but with his effectiveness in the World Series run last year, are the Giants ready to close the door on the Lincecum era?
 
May 16, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (14) during batting practice before the start of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsCurtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
 
It’s been a strange ride in New York for Granderson.  His back-to-back 40 home run seasons have been compromised by his frequent injuries and inability to hit for a decent average (only once has he hit over .250 for the season on the Yanks).  Whether or not he’ll be on the market depends on where the Yankees are in the standings in late July and how Granderson looks upon returning from his broken finger.
 
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
 
A free agent in 2015, Cabrera has had a quietly productive 2013 season.  Hitting a respectable .279, Cabrera hasn’t fully re-captured his 2012 glory, but Toronto may be looking to shed some money from their payroll and Melky’s 2 year/$16 million contract may be the easiest to move.
 
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
 
The Cardinals haven’t locked up Beltran for 2014 yet, though it’s hard to imagine he’d be moved before the team takes another run at the World Series.
 
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox
 
The young Ellsbury has been key in Boston’s resurgence this year, so it’s unlikely he’ll be moved, but with no deal for the 2014 season yet, a trade can’t be fully ruled out.
 
Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
 

Ok, so this one is a pretty big wild card.  If word got out that the Yankees were looking to move Cano, he’d shoot straight up to #1 on the most interesting targets list, but it seems ridiculous to think the Yankees would move one of the top middle-infielders in the majors.  Cano’s contract negotiations have taken far longer than predicted, but when all is said and done, it’s hard to imagine him anywhere other than New York in 2014.
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