Friday, November 18, 2005

10 TRADE TARGETS

The MLB managers to make their team better this season are focusing on trading their players. They simply have forgotten the criterion of free agents and have become more creative. The top 10 players who might get traded this season are Manny Ramirez, Carlos Delgado, Torii Hunter, Jim Thome, Lyle Overbay, Milton Bradley, Juan Pierre, Alfonso Soriano, Troy Glaus, and Adam Dunn.

By now Manny Ramirez has become the veteran saint of trade attraction. This season he has asked to be dealt again. But it won't be easy. He is getting older. And therefore there's the matter of that astounding $57 million due him for the next three seasons. Carlos Delgado is a forever fixture in Toronto. Last January the Marlins lured him to a four-year, $52 million deal. And now the Marlins, looking to cut payroll because of the lack of a stadium solution in South Florida, are trying to struggle their way out of the contract. Now it is predicted that he is acquired by someone like the Mets or the Mariners or the Orioles. Torii Hunter is the Twins asset. He was rumored to be going to the Yankees. But the Twins need guys like Hunter to stick with the White Sox in the American League Central. Jim Thome is famous for bringing the Phillies back to the postseason. He spent most of last season on the disabled list and watched rookie Ryan Howard winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award and, almost certainly, stole the first base job. Jim Thome will turn 35 next year, so it seems to be difficult to think that many teams will take a chance on an aging slugger with a bad back and a hefty paycheck. First baseman Lyle Overbay doesn't have the power that those other guys have, with only 19 homers and 72 RBIs in 158 games last season. He has to go, for everybody's sake.

Milton Bradley always has had issues in the past with just about everyone else he's ever met even with the dog across the street. Apart these issues the Dodgers won't offer him a contract and he'll become a free agent in December. He is still young and has plenty of talent and he can play any outfield position. Marlins Juan Pierre’s .326 on-base percentage in 2005 was among the worst of any leadoff man, though he still ranked in the top 10 in runs scored. But still the Marlins need him; to keep him in the roster the Marlins will dump some of their payroll, and Pierre will make some $5 million through salary arbitration. Alfonso Soriano will not be easy to deal. He has averaged nearly 32 homers and more than 92 RBIs a season. The Twins would love to have him. Troy Glaus is a formidable player of the Diamondbacks. His threatening play is the fancy of so many teams that would love to see him on their line-up including the Twins, Red Sox and Dodgers. He will definitely be traded because the problem because of $34 million that Glaus is owed over the next three seasons. Adam Dunn is a part of surplus outfielders in Cincinnati, and he's about to become really expensive. He’ll probably earn somewhere around $9 million in negotiation in '06.

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