Early-season sell-high candidates

Five players worth dealing while their trade value is near its peak

Updated: May 9, 2014, 3:08 PM ET
By Joe Rosales | ESPN Insider

Alexei RamirezMatt Marton/USA TODAY SportsThe rebuilding White Sox should start fielding offers for Alexei Ramirez.
At this early stage of the season, most teams are still trying to figure out what they have. Although teams typically do not pull the trigger on any trades involving significant players during the first two months of the season, there are still certain players whose strong starts to the season will get one thinking that their teams might be wisest to try to leverage that performance into a useful exchange. With that in mind, here are five players whose teams may want to try to find a new home for them with their trade value likely as high now as it will ever be.


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Alexei Ramirez | SS | Chicago White Sox

The White Sox made several moves this past offseason to start reshaping their roster after a disappointing last-place finish in the AL Central in 2013. Those moves included the signing of Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu and separate trades with the Diamondbacks that netted them center fielder Adam Eaton and highly touted third-base prospect Matt Davidson. Those moves, along with the scorching play of Ramirez, have contributed to a promising start to this season for the White Sox.

However, the White Sox still have a lot of work to do if they are to close the gap in the division between themselves and the Tigers, and the best way to do that may be to trade Ramirez while his value is at its highest.