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MLB Trade Deadline Primer- Top 10 Most Likely To Be Traded (Part Two) - This Is Sports Zone
 
 

Once again, we welcome Guest Writer Kristopher Daly

6. Josh Willingham, OF- Minnesota Twins

willThe Twins have been toiling in mediocrity for several straight seasons, and the franchise seems to be in a transitional period between actually contending and spending summers’ continually in last place in the AL Central. Willingham is perhaps the best outfield bat on the market for a team looking to add more thump to its lineup. When healthy and swinging well, Willingham has the ability to be a true difference maker in the middle of one’s lineup.

At only a (.212 Avg 8 HR) so far this season, Willingham’s value may be at all-time low, so teams could pick him up as a low risk-high reward rental for the season’s final two months.

The Twins have a glut of young prospects on the brink of the majors, and clearing both Willingham’s contract and current roster spot will allow the likes of Bryan Buxton to make their major league debut(s) before season’s end.

Possible Trade Destinations include, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees

7. Bartolo Colon, SP-New York Mets

imagesE5S8L7YJNews have surfaced in recent weeks/days of a possible Colon trade to a contending team in need of more pitching. Colon signed a 2-year $16 Million dollar deal in the off-season to provide the Mets a mid-rotation solid pitching option with the loss of stud Matt Harvey for 2014.

The Mets have had an up-and-down first half so far, but after an 8-2 home stand before the all-star break, Mets’ fans are once again excited about the possibility of playing meaningful baseball in both August and September. (They haven’t in a long time). With a plethora of young pitching coming up in the system, (Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero) and fellow youngsters Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom anchoring the staff, Colon has become somewhat expendable.

For the right package of prospects, (preferably positional players, which the Mets currently lack at the higher levels of the minors) Colon should be on the move by the deadline. A rumored reunion in Oakland made logistical sense, however the doors closed once Samardzija and Hammel were traded to the bay area.

At 8-8 with a 3.99 ERA, Colon is as crafty/gritty as they come. He relies on two pitches, fastball and a cut fastball.

It’s actually amazing to watch at times.

Possible trade destinations include, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, LA Angels, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates.

8. Alex Rios, OF/Adrian Beltre, 3B-Texas Rangers

ribeLike the Phillies in the NL, the Rangers have fallen on hard times in 2014. In what was supposed to be another tremendous season in Arlington with the free agent additions of CF Shin-Soo Choo and 1B Prince Fielder to bolster an already potent lineup, it has been an unmitigated train-wreck. The Rangers have been lucky on the injury front in recent seasons under manager Ron Washington, but it seems their luck has run out in 2014. The Rangers have become the walking wounded. Starting Pitchers Alexei Ugando, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Martin Perez have all been lost for the season.

All-world SP Yu Darvish can only do so much. Prince Fielder was also lost for the season undergoing back surgery. He may never play up to his pre-injury level again. Also uber prospect, Jurickson Profar was lost for the season in spring training. Ouch.

Sitting 21.0 GB in the AL West, the Rangers may be inclined to move a couple players for the right package at the deadline realizing a reload for next year may be the best option. Beltre and Rios would become hot commodities on the market if made available.

Beltre has raked all season long despite injury issues earlier in April. With a .337 Avg, 13 HR, and 51 RBI, Beltre could net the Rangers a huge haul of prospects if a team were willing.

Rios has shown absolutely no power this season, but sports a .305 Avg and 16 stolen bases.

Possible trade destinations include, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, among others.

9. Joakim Soria, RP-Texas Rangers

images3GU0HC8ZContinuing the theme of the Rangers being absolute sellers at the deadline, closer Joakim Soria makes for a prime candidate to be traded at the deadline. Reports have surfaced that several teams have been in contact regarding the availability of Soria, and one would think GM Jon Daniels would not shy away from trading the right hander.

With 16 saves and a 2.67 ERA, Soria has rebounded nicely in Texas after three injury plagued seasons both with Kansas City and the Rangers.

With a reasonable contract, Soria will be moved quickly. He is the best closer on the open market and a contending team will surely make Soria a priority in the coming weeks.

The Rangers could then slide in pitcher Neftali Feliz into his old closing role, while adding prospects to the rebuilding Texas’ franchise.

Possible trade destinations include, Toronto Blue Jays, LA Angels, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants.  UPDATE: Traded to Tigers 7/23

10. Carlos Gonzalez, OF-Colorado Rockies

cargoNow call this a pipe dream, but wouldn’t it make all the sense in the world for the Rockies to deal the star outfielder for young pitching help? With a glut of young outfielder emerging on the scene, (Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson) the Rockies may be inclined to move Gonzalez for the right price come July 31st.

Rumors have swirled around star SS Troy Tulowitzki, (who is having an MVP caliber season), for several seasons now but he will remain in Denver for the foreseeable future. Gonzalez remains the one chip the Rockies could use to turn things around in what has to been considered a full rebuild despite the lineup’s capability of absolutely mashing their opponents.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pitching staff perform this poorly in recent memory. It has cost the Rockies time and time again throughout the years. If they could land an impact arm or two for the cost of Gonzalez, don’t be surprised if you hear about it on deadline day.

An issue holding the Rockies back here is Gonzalez has been hurt for most of the first half and thus his value is at an all-time low currently. Waiting till the off-season or next year’s trade deadline may make more sense. Hey, one can dream right?

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