Evaluating trade deadline sellers
With just more than six weeks before the July 31 trade deadline, the difference between buyers and sellers remains blurred. Parity and the addition of two wild-card berths has many teams on the fence about being a buyer or seller. For now, there are more buyers than sellers, so here's a look at the teams that will be selling, what they have to market and possible destinations for some of those players.
Players to market:
Matt Garza, RHP: He’s a top-of-the-rotation starter who’s proven he can pitch in the AL East. Best fits: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.
Ryan Dempster, RHP: He’ll waive his no-trade rights and should be pitching for a contender. The Tigers could use another veteran arm.
Bryan LaHair, OF/1B: His stock is high and most baseball scouts believe he’s legit late-bloomer like Nelson Cruz and Jose Bautista.
James Russell, LHP: Every contending team needs a dominating left-handed reliever like Russell.
Alfonso Soriano, OF/DH: He has more home runs than any major leaguer in the past two weeks. Yankees, Rays and Indians could use him at DH.
David DeJesus, OF: The Braves could use a fourth outfielder to protect them when Chipper Jones has to go on the DL again, which would allow them to move Martin Prado to third.
Rafael Betancourt, RHP: Giving him the closer’s role in the offseason allowed them to trade Huston Street to the San Diego Padres. The move has paid off and with the shortage of closers Betancourt’s trade value is at an all-time high.
Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B: Even though they just signed him in the offseason, the Rockies need to keep getting younger and right-handed power like Cuddyer’s is hard to come by.
Matt Belisle, RHP: Who’s not looking to improve bullpen depth?