25 players who could be dealt at the MLB trade deadline


The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching on August 2 as trade rumors continue to escalate. These 25 players could be distributed before the deadline.

1 in 25

Josh Bell, 1B, Nationals

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Among the hitters, Bell could be the biggest prize in the trade deadline. The pending free agent has been an elite offensive player again this year, hitting .304-12-47 with an .877 OPS in 87 games.

2 out of 25

Andrew Benintendi, DE, Royals

Andrew Benintendi, DE, Royals

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Benintendi hasn’t shown much power this season, with just three homers in 83 games, but he can do anything on the court. He won a Gold Glove with the Royals last season and is averaging 0.317/0.389/0.401 in 83 games. Benintendi will be a free agent after this season, but is a quality corner fielder in the meantime.

3 out of 25

Paul Blackburn, PS, Athletics

Paul Blackburn, PS, Athletics

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Oakland usually knows when to sell high on high-performing players, which could be a good time to move Blackburn into their breakout season. The groundball pitcher had a 3.36 ERA in 17 starts, walking just 23 batters. With the raise, he’s come of age in Oakland and could get a great comeback in a very thin starting pitching market with three years of team control remaining.

4 out of 25

Madison Bumgarner, PS, Diamondbacks

Madison Bumgarner, PS, Diamondbacks

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It hasn’t always been pretty, but Bumgarner has been efficient this season with a 3.65 ERA in 18 starts. Peripherals show the southpaw could be in regression sooner or later, and he still owes $37 million over the next few seasons. Still, Arizona might be able to win a prospect back if they’re willing to send money the other way.

5 out of 25

Luis Castillo, SP, Reds

Luis Castillo, SP, Reds

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Castillo is the grand prize of the trade deadline, thriving like an ace since returning from an arm injury earlier this season. He’s well whipped up more than one batter per inning for his career, with a 90s lead and a change. At this point, Castillo is displaying one of the best controls of his career and he remains in control for the team until next season.

6 out of 25

Alex Colome, PI, Rockies

Alex Colome, PI, Rockies

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Colome has been very effective as a preparer for the Rockies this season with a 2.73 ERA in 34 appearances. Of course, he’s also made 159 career saves, putting him close despite his inability to miss bats.

7 out of 25

Willson Contreras, C, Small

Willson Contreras, C, Small

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The Cubs have yet to re-sign Contreras, the last major remnant of their World Series. He scored his third All-Star Game this season, hitting .266/.394/.483 at the right time as he enters free agency. The receiver will get a huge contract this offseason and would be a welcome addition offensively and defensively at the deadline.

8 out of 25

Nelson Cruz, DH, Nationals

Nelson Cruz, DH, Nationals

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Whether the 42-year-old Cruz is still worthy of being a regular is up for debate, but there’s no doubt he can help a roster as a right-handed bench batter. He has a .689 OPS in 80 games this season, but for his career, Cruz has an elite .941 OPS against lefties.

9 out of 25

Brandon Drury, 3B/OF, Reds

Brandon Drury, 3B/OF, Reds

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Drury is having a stellar season in Cincinnati, but it’s not like he came out of nowhere. He hit three double-digit home runs before this season, although injuries put a damper on Drury’s career. The veteran has been lightning in a bottle for the needy Reds roster, going .277-18-50 in 76 games, and has the defensive versatility to help most contenders.

10 out of 25

Michael Fulmer, PR, Tigers

Michael Fulmer, PR, Tigers

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Once considered a possible ace as a starter, Fulmer has settled into a quality reliever after arm injuries. He has a sub-2.00 ERA this season, although poor control shows he is unlikely to continue. Still, the hard-throwing right-hander can help someone out before they go into free agency.

11 out of 25

Joey Gallo, DE, Yankees

Joey Gallo, DE, Yankees

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Gallo’s career in the Bronx has been a nightmare, going .163-23-43 in 468 plate appearances since being traded last season. A change of scenery would likely be good for both team and player at this point, and there are likely plenty of teams out there willing to take a chance with three 38+ homer seasons to their name.

12 out of 25

Zack Greinke, PS, Royals

Zack Greinke, PS, Royals

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Greinke has reinvented himself as his speed continues to decline. He’s whipped up a terrible 4.8 batters per nine innings, but still remains a viable starter with a 4.52 ERA in 14 starts. A playoff run could be in the cards in what could be Greinke’s final season.

13 out of 25

Jose Iglesias, MI, Rockies

Jose Iglesias, MI, Rockies

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Colorado replacement for Trevor Story, Iglesias is quietly having another great season. He’s hitting .297 for the Rox while playing reliable defense and could see a midseason trade with a contender to add depth like last season when he was traded to Boston.

14 out of 25

Chad Kuhl, PS, Rockies

Chad Kuhl, PS, Rockies

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Kuhl was a pleasant surprise at the end of Colorado’s rotation, with a 4.02 ERA over 16 starts. There’s reason to be skeptical with a low strikeout rate and sub-2.00 K/BB ratio, but Kuhl was effective in keeping the ball in park. A pending free agent, he’s a good flier on the stretch.

15 out of 25

Ramon Laureano, OF, Athletics

Ramon Laureano, OF, Athletics

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Oakland has no reason to give Laureano two more years in control of the team, but the hefty price tag might be worth it. He’s generally been a solid defensive performer and showed star potential earlier in his career, hitting 0.288-24-67 in 2019. After a PED suspension, Laureano could do well with a change of venue.

16 out of 25

Jorge Lopez, PR, Orioles

Jorge Lopez, PR, Orioles

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With a slight increase in speed, Lopez went from struggling starter to closer superstar. He’s been absolutely dominant for the O’s this season with 16 saves and a 1.74 ERA in 38 outings, whipping up 10+ batters in nine innings. Baltimore has him under control for two more seasons, but this is an opportunity to sell high.

17 out of 25

Tyler Mahle, PS, Reds

Tyler Mahle, PS, Reds

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Mahle would like to forget the start of his season, just like the rest of his teammates, but he is coming back. After posting a sub-4.00 ERA the past two seasons, Mahle has a 4.48 ERA in 17 starts with nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings. He is expected to be taken off the injured list with a minor shoulder injury after the break and is contracted for another year.

18 out of 25

Trey Mancini, 1B, Orioles

Trey Mancini, 1B, Orioles

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Mancini made a remarkable comeback from cancer last year, and he continues to perform well for Baltimore this season with .284-8-35 with a .779 OPS in 78 games. A free agent on hold at 30, he’s unlikely to be part of the rebuilding Orioles’ future and very likely to be traded.

19 out of 25

Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF, Royals

Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF, Royals

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The Royals front office has seemed very resistant to the idea of ​​trading Merrifield in the past. That likely changes with his struggles at 33 this season, as Merrifield is hitting just .240-5-36 with 14 stolen bases in 84 games. He only owes $4.5 next season and has the tools competitive teams covet on the bench.

20 out of 25

Frankie Montas, PS, Athletics

Frankie Montas, PS, Athletics

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Oakland was scared when Montas suffered a shoulder injury in early July, but it looks like he’ll be fine. He’s one of the few viable plays Oakland has yet to trade, with a 3.26 ERA in 17 starts this season. He’s been an ace for most of the past four seasons and still has one more season under contract.

21 out of 25

Martin Perez, PS, Rangers

Martin Perez, PS, Rangers

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A former top prospect, Perez is finally reaching his potential this season. The southpaw has a 2.72 ERA in 17 starts, showing exemplary control while allowing just six homers in 106 innings. His history shows likely regression, but the pending free agent remains one of the best starting pitchers available.

22 out of 25

Tommy Pham, DE, Reds

Tommy Pham, DE, Reds

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Pham may slap some people the wrong way, but there’s no doubt he can still play at 34. He’s hitting .248-11-36 with seven interceptions and a .741 OPS in 77 games. Age has clearly taken its toll in recent seasons, but he’s a quality right-hander.

23 out of 25

Jose Quintana, PS, Pirates

Jose Quintana, PS, Pirates

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The Pirates have gotten everything they could have hoped for from Quintana this season as the left-hander has revived his career after a few years of struggles. He had a 3.59 ERA in 17 starts, finding his control on a one-year minimum contract. The cheap control should bring it into play for almost any suitor.

24 out of 25

David Robertson, SP, Cub Scouts

David Robertson, SP, Cub Scouts

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After years of arm injuries, Robertson has proven he’s back as an excellent Cubs close. He has 12 saves and a 2.10 ERA, with nearly 12 strikeouts in nine innings. As a pending free agent on an uncompetitive team, Robertson is likely to be traded.

25 out of 25

Noah Syndergaard, PR, Angels

Noah Syndergaard, PR, Angels

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Syndergaard has enjoyed much better health after years of injuries with the Mets this season, and the Angels are better off for it. He has a 3.84 ERA in 13 starts, walking just two batters per nine innings. Things aren’t at their best in New York, and Syndergaard owes a lot of money over time. Still, he should be looking for a great prospect or two with few alternative starting pitchers available.




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