MLB season is in full-swing and as we head into the summer months, teams will begin to figure out if they are “buyers” or “sellers” at the trade deadline, August 1st. We saw one deal go down over the weekend, as James Shields was sent back to the AL Central to join the Chicago White Sox for a pair of players. I expect this season to be quite active with multitudes of players being sent all around baseball. Here is a list of five guys that will change teams before the summer is over…

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1. Ryan Braun-OF-Milwaukee Brewers

Why: The Brewers are not close to competing for the playoffs this season and are undergoing a solid rebuilding job, which means Braun needs to go. It helps a lot that his offensive numbers are stellar as he is currently slashing .337/.406/.959 with 9 HR and 33 RBI. Than hang-up is his sizable contract— Braun is in the first season of a five-year extension that could be worth either $94MM or $105MM, depending on what happens with the contract’s mutual option for 2021. A team will not only have to give up a lot, but pay a lot of cash for him.

Top 3 teams in the mix: Cardinals, Giants, Mets 

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2. Jay Bruce-OF-Cincinnati Reds

Why: He was almost traded to Toronto in the off-season until the Reds backed out last-minute. Cincinnati needs to trade their aging veterans as they chug their way along with a rebuild, and Bruce who is having a bounce-back campaign, should be the first on the list to be moved. He is under contract only through the 2016 season, owed approximately $8.1MM more in remaining salary plus a $1MM buyout of a $13MM club option for his services in 2017. He is slashing .280/.332/.922 with 13 HR and 40 RBI but is sub par defensively owning a -9 Defensive Runs Saved with a  -0.2 fWAR.

Top 3 teams in the mix: Mets, Royals, Giants

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3. Trevor Plouffe-3B-Minnesota Twins

Why: Plouffe has had a nice run in Minnesota hitting 74 home runs and 273 RBI during the last four seasons, but with the Twins already out of contention with a 16-40 record, the time is now to get something for the 29 year old. Not to mention, Miguel Sano is waiting in the wings to take over the third base job instead of being relegated as a DH/OF.

Top 3 teams in the mix: Mets, Orioles, Angels

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4. Rich Hill-SP-Oakland Athletics

Why: The 36 year old Hill has been a revelation this season, owning a 8-3 record with a 2.25 ERA. He ranks second in the AL in ERA (2.25) and third in strikeouts (74). In a starting rotation depleted by injuries, Hill is the lone bright spot. With the A’s in last place in the AL West with a 25-32 record, this will be a classic Billy Beane trade, recouping some prospects in exchange for a veteran who is over-performing. For Hill, it’s not if he is traded, but when.

Top 3 teams in the mix: Red Sox, Royals, Pirates

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5. Julio Teheran-SP-Atlanta Braves

Why: The Braves entered the season amid a full rebuild, so it’s hardly a surprise that they’ve shown a willingness to ship away veterans during their National League-worst 16-40 start. But Teheran at 25 years old is the most likely of this list to stay with his current team. The Braves need help at the major league level, but if a team presents a high offer, Atlanta will certainly listen. From a contractual standpoint, Teheran is currently on a relatively meager $3.3MM salary and has a chance to rake in another $37.3MM, including a $12MM club option, over the final four years of his deal. Those numbers make him likely to be a part of the Braves rebuild.

Top 3 teams in the mix: Red Sox, Yankees, Astros

 

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