Players can be traded while on the DL, but in general teams strongly prefer their acquisitions to be healthy. Here's a look at trade candidates who are currently on the DL.
- Erik Bedard, Mariners. Bedard is on the DL for a knee sprain. He threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday and may be able to make a start or two before the deadline. Injuries have killed Bedard's trade deadline value in years past, though they were more serious than this one. To the extent that he's on the mound, Bedard might be the best available starter on the trade market.
- Jose Reyes, Mets. Reyes just finished recovering from a left hamstring strain; he's expected back in the Mets' lineup tonight. I know he's not expected to be dealt, though I think it'd make sense for Sandy Alderson to listen.
- Ivan Rodriguez, Nationals. Pudge is coming back from an oblique strain and should return to action this month.
- Luke Scott, Orioles. Scott's shoulder has bothered him for much of the season, but he received a cortisone shot and could be activated today. I think he's likely to stay put.
- Brad Hawpe, Padres. Hawpe strained a finger in late June, but an elbow problem may be the bigger concern. It sounds like he won't make it back by the deadline, but an August deal could happen.
- Kevin Slowey, Twins. Battling an abdomen injury, Slowey made a third rehab start on Friday. He's expected to be optioned to stay in Triple-A, so a trade would be best for everyone.
- John Danks, White Sox. Danks is expected to rejoin Chicago's rotation Thursday against the Royals after an oblique strain. His teammate Edwin Jackson seems more likely to be dealt.
- Casey Blake, Dodgers. Blake received a cortisone shot for his neck injury, but no return is imminent. This might have to be an August deal if at all.