Midseason Trade Candidates: American League

It's never too early to try to predict which players will be traded in July.  Here's a look at American League possibilities.

This is not meant as a slight toward the Orioles, Indians, Royals, and Mariners, but their chances of contention in 2011 appear slim.  Given their division, the Blue Jays face long odds as well.  Anything is possible; I pegged the Padres as deadline sellers before the 2010 season.

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  1. Disagree about Encarnacion. I’d say if he’s putting up numbers where he’s an above average DH then the value is too good to move him, and if he’s not his defensive woes will prevent him from being a realistic option for a contender.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      thats faulty logic.. If he has a good year at the dish a team might take him on for playoff depth.

      • j6takish 4 years ago

        There will always be above average DH’s available for cheap in the offseason, if E5 is doing that well, he is gone

      • In some ways it would be a bit of an athletic waste, but considering that he is blocked, do you think the Jays would give Thames some time at first to make him more flexible and a solid prospect option for 1B behind Lind (the farm is pretty bare there)? This would give them someone that could DH, rotate in the OF, and play 1B. Certainly there would be room on the 2012 team for a player like that.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          It’s a possibility I suppose.. However I was really impressed with David Coopers fielding, the guy looked like a young overbay out there. Obviously his bat needs to come around but he could be an option as well.

    • Pretty sure that if EE is putting up a 30hr season and teams come asking, the Jays would move him if something valuable is offered. (also assuming they are not gutted by injury).

  2. Shouldn’t the season start first before we start talking about mid-season crap?

    • That’s not how we roll…we’ve already talked about the 2011-12 offseason extensively, so our timeline is all over the place.

      • I think its fun. Plus, come mid-season, they can then link back to this article showing how insightful (or not) they were.

    • PostMoBills 4 years ago

      This article seems valid enough as long as all these teams aren’t playoff threats. This seems to be the case, which unfortunately means only the Yanks, Red Sox, Twins, Tigers, White Sox, A’s, Angels, and Rangers are playoff contenders. Although, I would love for any of these “sellers” to surprise us all – most likely would be the Jays or O’s.

      • You neglected to mention the Rays and you just called the Angels a playoff contender. ESPN much?

      • the orioles?…lets get serious. there’s a zero percent chance that they finish ahead of 3 of the yankees, red sox, rays and blue jays.

  3. eman 4 years ago

    Tim, I have to also wonder if Masterson with Cleveland might be one of them.

  4. eman 4 years ago

    Tim how about a guy like Masterson from Cleveland? I know Boston wanted him back as a reliever at one time

  5. Jason Kendall is available now! please!

  6. MLB_in_the_Know 4 years ago

    Here is my problem with saying that Sizemore is a great trade candidate.

    According to Cot’s if he is traded: he receives $0.5M bonus and his salaries increase by 10%. The $8.5 million team option for 2012 becomes a player option.

    Now, if he is healthy and traded, he would only be a half a season rental. A healthy Grady Sizemore is going to get much more than $8.5 on the open market. So, the Indians would be trading away 1.5 years of cost effective control over him, while the receiving team would have to pay him $1.25 million more than Cleveland would and they are only getting him for half a year.

    Now, if he isn’t healthy and still traded. The new team would still have to pay him more ($2 million over the life of the deal) and if he isn’t healthy, he would exercise his player option for then $9.35 million.

    Neither scenario is appealing to a team that would have to give up promising prospects to get Sizemore.

  7. Shorter list: Orioles players who are not “trade candidates”

  8. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    We don’t attack you, just all ridiculous dumb posters..

  9. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    sorry you’re right

    your claims that Evan Longoria should punch his GM in the face and demand a trade to the Phillies while David Wright is traded to become a back up infielder for the the Phillies is perfectly plausible and deserves no criticism..

    Here’s a tip, start being reasonable, stop being dumb and ignorant, and people won’t ‘attack’ you.

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Really? So not only do you say the dumbest things but you also refuse to stand behind them

    Well just so no one thinks I have any empty argument, here’s a few gems from you

    Put’m in play!

    -David Wright is NOT beloved by Mets fans.
    For the last several years WFAN has been flooded with calls demanding Wright be traded along with Reyes.
    And most Mets fans have become covert Phillies fans anyway. That’s why the Phillies are already sold out this year.

    -And if Longoria takes his shirt off, puts on sunglasses and shines himself up with Coppertone and refuses to take the field, what are the bloodsuckers owning and running Tampa going to do about that?

    Void his contract?

    on Red Sox Open To Offers For Matsuzaka, Others: MLB Rumors – MLBTradeRumors.com 2 days ago
    “Are you actually serious?”

    Yes I am.

    Longoria would have to be a mental defective or completely spineless to play out that contract. Taking into account the six years service time and the rules of that he is worth three times what that contract will pay him.
    If your boss cut your pay to one third of what you were paid would you continue to show up for work?
    And it’s not as if Longoria would have to worry about getting another job at 3B from another team. Even if he punched the Rays GM in the face.

  11. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    the sad part is I could have kept going. All gem’s let me tell you

    I’m not sure how ESPN hasn’t hired you yet

  12. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    lol I feel stupid now, because quite clearly I am arguing with a 10 year old.

  13. jwsox 4 years ago

    Nope they will keep him on the team with his super cheap contract that HE SIGNED NO ONE FORCED HIM TO!!!! and fine the he’ll out of him or put him on the restricted list so he cant get paid. Longoria is a humble guy who loves the game and does a ton of charity work he would never do that. Also what makes you think the phillies have the prospects to work out a deal. Here is the thing THEY DON’T!!!!!!!

  14. higher than yours?

  15. That would be one of the worst moves in baseball, unless his return would be twice that of Garza.

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