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So who’s available at the trade deadline?

Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the trades that go down and a lot of the rumors that swirl. We’ll also, once trades start happening, put up a trade tracker so you can keep all the deals straight. But for now, let’s see if we can’t get a list of guys who are or who may be on the market.

This is a pretty expansive list, I think, as it includes guys like Josh Willingham who, just a few minutes ago, we noted probably won’t be traded. And it also includes guys — especially some pitchers — that no one may want. It further includes guys who haven’t had any trade heat around them but, man, they play for a team going nowhere, so maybe they SHOULD be dealt. Ergo, lots of Astros and Padres. It also includes a lot of Athletics because, in contention or not, the A’s like to deal people at the deadline.  This isn’t merely list of names being tossed around actively. It’s more akin to a list of possible dudes your team may reasonably inquire about and/or want.

Point is, never say never. Teams don’t do dumb things at the rate they did ten years ago, but it’s not impossible to think that someone would offer the Twins a ridiculous return for Willingham, making them change their mind. Or that someone may think that a Safeco-fueled half season by Kevin Millwood has rendered him not-Kevin Millwood.

Anyway, below is who we reckon to be on the market at the moment. If we missed some — and I’m assuming we did — let us know. Keeping track of this stuff is like herding cats, so the more herders the better.

Available bats:

Justin Upton
Carlos Quentin
Shane Victorino
Justin Morneau
Josh Willingham
Denard Span
Michael Cuddyer
Alfonso Soriano
Bryan LaHair
Chase Headley
Adam Lind
Mark Kotsay
Marco Scutaro
Chris Johnson
Chris Denorfia
Seth Smith
Jonny Gomes
Coco Crisp

Available arms:

Cole Hamels
Zack Greinke
Wandy Rodriguez
Matt Garza
Ryan Dempster
Francisco Liriano
Edinson Volquez
Brandon McCarthy
Bartolo Colon
Kevin Millwood
Huston Street
Jonathan Broxton
Rafael Betancourt
Francisco Rodriguez
Matt Capps
Grant Balfour
Bret Myers
Brandon Lyon

So, who did we miss? And who shouldn’t be here? Note: If you name someone who wasn’t originally on the list and should be, I will update it here.

  1. skeleteeth - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    What’s the word on Shoppach being moved? Nice to have Lavarnway get some time in as Salty grinds down later in the season.

  2. mjames1229 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Greinke pulled from Wednesday’s start…

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Not for trade reasons. They say it is to recharge his batteries after his heavy workload recently which has seen his velocity drop as well.

  3. garnermusic - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Gotta believe that Jason Giambi would be available

  4. watermelon1 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Seriously… all those pitchers. Orioles, what are you waiting for?

  5. calichowd - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    If Padres let Clayton Richard go to a team that would give him some run support he’d do pretty damn good.

  6. patsbruin1021 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    The whole red sox team should be on here

  7. spudatx - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Denard Span has been on everyone’s list for how many years? Even with reverting to the old GM in Minnesota, it seems unlikely they’ll finally pull off that premier-prospect-for-Denard-Span deal they seem intent on.

    Where’s Ryan Doumit on the list? He’s an ok fielder and doing pretty well at the plate lately. He could be a nice depth acquisition for a team bound for the playoffs.

  8. gloccamorra - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    A big problem with all those Padres on the list is that the club is being sold, and it may be that their GM isn’t authorized to make a trade until the new owners can take over. The O’Malley group is still negotiating and has gotten an extension on their exclusive window. The details are apparently so complicated that each item agreement causes other details to unravel (per the San Diego paper).

    The sale was supposed to be for the complete package, but the current minority owners own the AAA team separately and are working to sell the Tucson team to El Paso, while the majority owner doesn’t want to include the parking lots adjacent to Petco, but sell them separately. He owns other real estate around Petco, and there’s no word on what happens to that.

    The sale might not be completed by the trade deadline, forcing the Padres to stand pat.

  9. olympiacham - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Mariners starter: Vargas; Mariners Bullpen: Tom Wilhemsen and Brandon League.

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