5. Adrian Gonzalez, first baseman, San Diego Padres
If he was more likely to get dealt, he’d be higher on the list, but teams will needbigtime offers to pry him from San Diego’s hands. He’s one of the game’s best allaround players, with great power and excellent defense, and any team would belucky to have him. Atlanta would make sense if they’d part with Tommy Hanson, butI doubt it.
4. Cliff Lee, starting pitcher, Cleveland Indians
You’ve probably heard this one before – “the Roy Halladay consolation prize.” Insome ways, the lefty Lee is in fact a poor man’s Roy Halladay. He too has greatcontrol and the ability to go deep in games, so I’mbetting managementinCleveland fields lots of offers for him next week.
3. Victor Martinez, catcher, Cleveland Indians
Martinez’s future is cloudy; he’s still young enough to be worth retaining, but he’dbring a nice return wherever he goes. The Red Sox were interested a while back andwould probably part with Clay Buchholz to land V-Mart.
2. Matt Holliday, outfielder, Oakland Athletics
Perhaps the most likely big name to be dealt, Holliday went from underrated tooverrated this season. However, he’s still a big, youngish, multi-talented player whocan help a good team in the middle of the order. All accounts suggest St. Louis isthe front runner and you have to think hitting behind Albert Pujols would dowonders for Holliday.
1. Roy Halladay, starting pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays
Think the rumor mill is churning out of control now? Wait another week. He’s thebest pitcher in the game according to players, managers, scouts and GMs, so he’llcommand a huge return. The Jays’ asking price is astronomical butsports