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Friday, June 17, 2011

Trade Bait Across the Majors?

As of today, there are six teams that are 8 games or more out of a playoff spot, be it division or the wildcard.  There are other teams on the cusp of 8, but using 8 as the cutoff of being out of the race - as of June 17th, there are six teams that could officially be declared "sellers" heading into the last month and a half before the non-waiver trade line.  The dirty half-dozen - the Dodgers, Padres, Cubs, Astros, Twins and Royals.

What players are most likely to be traded?  If the answer to this question is players with larger salaries nearing the end of their contract are set to become free agents - who fits this description among these six?


Dodgers

  1. Rafael Furcal - SS - $13MM in 2011 and free agent after this season
  2. Hiroki Kuroda - P - $12MM in 2011 and free agent after this season
  3. Jonathon Broxton - P - $7MM in 2011 and free agent after this season
  4. Rod Barajas - C - $3.25MM in 2011 and free agent 
  5. Jamey Carroll - INF - $2.3MM in 2011 and free agent
  6. Vicente Padilla - P - $2MM in 2011 and free agent
Padres
  1. Heath Bell - P - $7.5MM in 2011 and free agent
  2. Ryan Ludwick - OF - $6.77MM in 2011 and free agent
Cubs
  1. Kosuke Fukudome - OF - $14.5MM in 2011 and free agent
  2. Carlos Pena - 1B - $10MM in 2011 and free agent
  3. John Grabow - P - $4.8MM in 2011 and free agent
Astros
  1. Clint Barmes - 2B - $3.92MM in 2011 and free agent
Twins
  1. Michael Cuddyer - OF - $10.5MM in 2011 and free agent
  2. Matt Capps - P - $7.15MM in 2011 and free agent
  3. Jason Kubel - OF - $5.25MM in 2011 and free agent
  4. Jim Thome - DH - $3MM in 2011 and free agent
Royals
  1. Jason Kendall - C - $3.75MM in 2011 and free agent
  2. Kyle Davies - P - $3.2MM in 2011 and free agent
  3. Bruce Chen - P - $2MM in 2011 and free agent
  4. Jeff Francis - P - $2MM in 2011 and free agent

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