With the 2011 Trade Deadline nearing, there are many teams thinking “sell” come July 31, 2011. Without much to look forward to for the rest of the season, here’s a look at 10 teams that are likely selling their players to playoff-bound teams.
Possible Players on the Block: Clint Barmes, Jeff Keppinger, Mark Melancon, Hunter Pence, Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Wallace
With the worst record in all of baseball, the Astros are definitively sellers come the end of July. Possibly looking at a 100-loss season, almost everyone on the roster may be up for trades. With stars such as Rodriguez and Pence possibly on the move, look for the Astros to be the subject of many trades during the trade deadline.
Possible Players on the Block: Cesar Izturis, Derrek Lee, Luke Scott, Koji Uehara
Owning the worst record in the American League and in the extremely-competitive AL East, the Orioles are likely candidates to sell at the trade deadline. Despite having an impressive-looking lineup at the start of the season, several batters may see themselves on new teams.
Possible Players on the Block: Matt Garza, Carlos Pena, Kerry Wood
With another uninspiring season comes another time where the Cubs may try to sell once again. Despite having one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, this team has made no ground in the NL Central the past couple of years. With few eligible pieces to move, the Cubs will probably make a move or two with their less-expensive roster players.
Kansas City Royals
Possible Players on the Block: Wilson Betemit, Melky Cabrera, Bruce Chen, Kyle Davies, Jeff Francis, Jeff Francoeur, Joakim Soria
After bringing up plenty of highly-touted prospects Aaron Crow, Mike Moustakas, and Eric Hosmer, the Royals are looking to move players to make room for their younger players. Signing many players this past offseason to one-year deals, the team has many veterans to unload in hopes of bringing in some more prospects into their minor league system. In addition to the many older players on the market, star closer Soria is also a possible player on the move.
San Diego Padres
Possible Players on the Block: Heath Bell, Jorge Cantu, Aaron Harang, Pat Neshek, Chad Qualls
With little chance in winning the NL West division, the Padres are definite sellers at the end of July. With the big prize on the team being Bell, it is very likely that this elite closer will find a home on a playoff-bound team. Other possible players possibly on the move are Harang, Qualls, and Cantu.
Possible Players on the Block: Coco Crisp, David DeJesus, Rich Harden, Brandon McCarthy, Josh Willingham
With another disappointing season halfway done, the Athletics are likely sellers at the trade deadline again. As with many teams with lower payrolls, the A’s will look to get rid of salaries and get ready for next season. With interesting players such as DeJesus, Crisp, and Harden, the team will aim to add more young pieces to their minor league system instead of worrying out players they will struggle to re-sign.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Possible Players on the Block: Rod Barajas, Casey Blake, Jamey Carroll, Rafael Furcal, Hiroki Kuroda
With first-year skipper Don Mattingley replacing Joe Torre at the helm, the team has been through many struggles in a more-competitive National League West division. Due to owner bankruptcy issues and a losing season, the team’s best bet is to sell their moveable and unneeded pieces to shed payroll. With possible key role players such as Carroll, Furcal, and Kuroda entering the last year of their contracts, there are many players on the Dodgers who may see themselves with new teams by August.
Possible Players on the Block: David Aardsma, Erik Bedard, Adam Kennedy, Jason Vargas, Jack Wilson
With little chance to win the AL West division again, the Mariners are likely sellers. While the team is definitely going to hold onto many of their young pieces, look for them to shop around players such as Aardsma, Kennedy, and Bedard.
Possible Players on the Block: Wes Helms, Clay Hensley, Omar Infante
Almost every season, regardless of whether they’re atop the NL East standings or at the bottom, the Marlins have been a perennial candidate for selling at the trade deadline. Despite a fast start to the season, players such as Infante, Hensley, and Helms may be making their way to playoff-contending teams.
New York Mets
Possible Players on the Block: Carlos Beltran, Angel Pagan, Jose Reyes
Similar to the Dodgers, the Mets have also been facing some issues at the top with finances. Already moving Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers, the team has other players to move to help lower their team payroll. All-Star Beltran, Pagan, and even Reyes may be on the move if the appropriate trade offer comes along.