Sunday, July 21, 2013
Corner infield trade market
By Jason A. Churchill
Which first and third baseman could be gettable over the next week or so leading up to the July 31 trade deadline?
Potentially available third basemen include San Diego Padres All-Star Chase Headley, but the price is likely to be sky high with the Friars preferring to sign Headley to a long-term deal. Milwaukee could dangle Aramis Ramirez, perhaps in exchange for pitching that can help them in 2014, except Ramirez is expected to miss up to two more weeks with his injury, per Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com and may have to be traded in August, if he's moved at all.
Possible part-time fits include Albert Callaspo. Luis Valbuena and Trevor Plouffe. If the Phillies fall out of contention, veteran Michael Young could be of interest to clubs seeking third base assistance.
As for first base possibilities, Minnesota's Justin Morneau, a free agent after the season, may be prime trade bait. He's not hitting for much power -- seven home runs, and a slugging percentage just north of .400 -- but does have the ability to help a contender, and he's been healthy all year.
Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion could be an intriguing trade target if the Blue Jays are willing to consider such a move, and Paul Konerko, a free agent after the season with Morneau, could also be in play before July 31. Seattle's Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse are two more first base types that could generate some buzz this summer, as the Mariners aren't contending and neither player is signed beyond this season.