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Top 10 MLB Trade Candidates

Top 10 MLB Trade Candidates

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The MLB trade deadline is not too far away, and so we're taking a look at the top 10 candidates to be traded. Will there be any surprises on July 31st?
The MLB trade deadline is not too far away, and so we're taking a look at the top 10 candidates to be traded. Will there be any surprises on July 31st?

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Top 10 MLB Trade Candidates
AsAffliction bettingjust showed us when the Fedor/Barnett fight was axed 10 daysbefore its scheduled date, anything can happen in sports. We must expect theunexpected and the same principle applies to the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Whoare the top 10 candidates to be dealt?
10. Jose Guillen, outfielder, Kansas City Royals
 The Royals aren’t happy with his play, and neither is he – he’s “embarrassed” by hisperformance relative to his salary. As bad as Guillen has been, he still has some popand could help a power-starved contender like San Francisco.
9. Chad Qualls, relief pitcher, Arizona Diamondbacks
He’s drawing interest according toMLB bettingfans, but what’s the fuss all about?He’s blown a save every month this season and his 3.63 ERA isn’t great for a closer.
8. Scott Rolen, third baseman, Toronto Blue Jays
He’s not the power hitter he once was, but he still plays superb defense and hasgap power. Maybe the cards would take him back? Someone could use him.
7. George Sherrill, relief pitcher, Baltimore Orioles
He’s unproven in clutch situations but he’s tough to hit. I’d bet on him going in myMLB predictions, not necessarily to close, but perhaps to be a setup man.
6. Adam Dunn, outfielder, Washington Nationals
About a dozen teams could use his power bat – the Tigers come to mind – butNationals GM Mike Rizzo said he isn’t trading Dunn. Do you believe him?
 
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

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