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Major League Baseball’s trade deadline isn’t until July 31, but with roughly a third of the season gone by rumours have begun to swirl.The fact that baseball now has an extra wild card means teams will probably wait a bit longer before unloading bad contracts and/or looking toward next year.
On the flip side, the extra wild card also means more and more teams will be buyers and be pushing to acquire that extra player that can get them over the hump.
We’ve narrowed all of those rumours down to eight players we think would have the most impact on their potentially new ball club.
We then listed the teams that are rumoured to be interested in their services or could use an upgrade at that position, as well as picked where we think each will actually end up.
All statistics are current as of games played through June 6, 2012.
The Minnesota Twins look primed for a mini firesale with their dreadful start, so expect slugging 1B/DH Justin Morneau to be gone soon
2012 stats: .230 AVG, 10 HR, 29 RBI
Teams interested: Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers
Prediction: Texas Rangers
Kansas City Royals closer Jonathan Broxton would give a huge jolt to any bullpen, and bring back considerable value to his terrible team
2012 stats: 14 saves, 1.59 ERA
Teams interested: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels
Prediction: Los Angeles Angels
By now there's basically no turning back from the fact that Kevin Youkilis has worn out his welcome in Boston
2012 stats: .234 AVG, 4 HR, 12 RBI
Teams interested: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
Carlos Lee has a no trade clause, but the Houston Astros are going no where fast so the veteran may concede to a trade at some point
2012 stats: .297 AVG, 4 HR, 23 RBI
Teams interested: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians
Prediction: Stays put because of giant contract
With the Milwaukee Brewers off to a terrible start look for them to unload soon to be free agent Zach Greinke (best pitcher on the market) onto a contender
2012 stats: 6-2, 3.46 ERA
Teams interested: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles
Prediction: Baltimore Orioles
Carlos Quentin has gotten off to a crazy start after missing a bunch of games to open the year. The San Diego Padres will surely send him packing
2012 stats: .522 AVG, 5 HR, 9 RBI
Teams interested: Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves
Prediction: Cincinnati Reds
A struggling, but very talented Matt Garza isn't long for the rebuilding Chicago Cubs who need help just about everywhere
2012 stats: 2-4, 4.10 ERA
Teams interested: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers
Prediction: New York Yankees
The Colorado Rockies' Jason Giambi can still be productive on a part time basis, especially for an American League club
2012 stats: .250 AVG, 1 HR, 7 RBI
Teams interested: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians
Prediction: Cleveland Indians
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