I realize that the 2016 Major League Baseball season is still very young, but it's never too early to stir the pot a little bit.
Usually, the non-waiver Trade Deadline for Major League Baseball is on July 31, but seeing as that date falls on a Sunday this year, the league decided a few months ago to push it back a day to Monday, August 1. I suppose that gives 30 different general managers...and all baseball fans for that matter...an extra day to sweat.
The MLB Trade Deadline tends to be a little trickier than most other sports. Since baseball has no salary cap, it's not uncommon for small-market teams to unload some of their best players, especially in contract years, if they think there's no chance that that player will re-sign with the club in the offseason. They might as well get something in return, right?
High-priced veterans often get put on the trading block as well if perhaps they haven't performed up to a certain level of expectation. This can sometimes get tough as the trading team often has to agree to pay a certain percentage of the remaining money left on the player's contract. For some reason, Pablo Sandoval's name just popped into my head.
Sandoval isn't on this particular list, but here's a list of 15 players, in alphabetical order, that could possibly be moved before August 1. Let the arguments begin.
15 Erick Aybar
It's quite obvious that the Atlanta Braves are going through a rebuilding process. They've unloaded a ton of payroll over the past few years and won only 67 games a season ago. By the looks of the early standings, 2016 isn't shaping up to be much better. Two of their top three prospects, Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson, play the shortstop position, which makes Aybar expendable if they're looking to add some more young prospects to the organization.
14 Javier Baez
At this particular point in time, it's hard to imagine the Chicago Cubs wanting to move anybody. They've started the year on quite a tear and Javier Baez has played brilliantly after starting the season on the disabled list. However, if the Cubs attempt to make a move to get another starting pitcher, Javier Baez will likely be near the top of the list for any team that deals with Chicago.
13 Jay Bruce
12 Andrew Cashner
11 Alex Cobb
10 Carlos Gonzalez
9 Jason Grilli
8 Jake McGee
7 Trevor Plouffe
6 Brandon Phillips
5 Tyson Ross
4 James Shields
3 Jorge Soler
2 Stephen Strasburg
1 Mark Trumbo
The Baltimore Orioles got off to their best start in franchise history and Mark Trumbo is one of the reasons why. He's gotten off to an impressive start in 2016 and if the Orioles' pitching staff can't hold up (they may be in play for just about every pitcher I've mentioned on this list), then Trumbo is going to be one of the hottest players on the market. He's averaged just over 26 home runs per season over the last five years and that includes the 2014 season in which he played in only 88 games.
There you have it. Would you want any of these guys on your favorite team? Feel free to sound off in the comments section.
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