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But not many aces looking for a trade

 

Baseball’s trading deadline is Saturday and it will be interesting to see what teams make that final push to better secure a playoff position. The wild card of the short list of players is Roy Oswalt who has made it tough on prospective teams because of his demands, but there is little doubt that he can make an immediate impact and shift the balance in favor of the team that gets him. The Cardinals, Braves and Yankees would seem like the natural fit at this juncture.

The list of quality hitters being dangled for teams is short with most of them being first-baseman. Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman can all be had but just about every playoff contending team already has an all-star caliber type already with the exception of the Braves, Rangers and Rays.

While Troy Glaus has had a few hot streaks, his inconsistency – hitting .254 – make him the weak link hitting out of the five hole. Getting a bopper like Dunn or Fielder could add spark to the Braves lineup that has been flat all season with the exception of Martin Prado. Carlos Pena’s .208 average and 110 strikeouts gives no protection for Evan Longoria who rarely gets a good pitch to drive. Getting a gamer like Berkman, even though he is on the downward cycle of his career, would give a much needed boost to the Rays as they attempt to hang on for a playoff spot in the tough A.L. East.

The Rangers have also been rumored to inquire about the services of the Marlins Jorge Cantu who has been mired in a month long slump after starting the season on fire. Cantu would surely fill the void at first base after trading away Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal. Should this take place, even the Angels deal acquiring Dan Haren for a last ditch effort won’t be enough.

An outfielder who could make a nice fit for anyone is David DeJesus who rarely gets noticed because of being in Kansas City. He can play any outfield position, hit for average, and runs very well. St. Louis could use a veteran like him down the stretch to help fill the void with Eric Ludwick not being 100% and take over for the inexperienced Colby Rasmus and Jon Jay.

Keep a sharp on some of these possibilities and rumors before they happen and take a shot at some future prices at the sports books. The price changes – if any – will be minimal, but it’s as good an excuse as any to make a play where there is the possibility that the moves could elevate a few teams to the next level.

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