They won't be traded before July 31, but here are five
big-name candidates to be moved during the off-season
TRADING BLUE CHIPS?
Miguel Tejada, SS, Orioles
The Angels--who along with the Astros and the Tigers have recently made
inquiries--are loaded with prospects, including shortstops Brandon Wood and
Erick Aybar, but it won't be easy to talk O's owner Peter Angelos into taking
anything less than proven, major league players.
Vernon Wells, OF, Blue Jays
Wells would love to play in his boyhood home of Arlington. Jays want to keep
him, but he has only a year left on his contract. If the Rangers offer an
every-day player (say, Gary Matthews Jr. or Hank Blalock) and young arms (John
Danks, Thomas Diamond), a deal isn't out of the question.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B/OF, Marlins
He doesn't appear to fit in with manager Joe Girardi's hustling bunch and is
eligible for arbitration. The Angels (Wood, Howie Kendrick, Mike Napoli) and
the Dodgers ( Andre Ethier, Russ Martin, Matt Kemp) have the abundance of cheap,
young talent that Florida would want.
Cesar Izturis, SS, Dodgers
One scout calls him " Omar Vizquel with an arm," but with Rafael Furcal
playing short in L.A., Izturis is underemployed at third. The Rockies, Reds,
Brewers and Devil Rays will be among the shortstop shoppers this winter. A
good, second-tier prospect is all that it should take.
Aaron Rowand, OF, Phillies
Shane Victorino, 25, has impressed the Phils with his speed in center and
ability to make things happen offensively. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf
adores Rowand, who could return to his roots for a middle-of-the-rotation
starter such as Javier Vazquez.