Days until the trade deadline: 13
Teams within 10 games of playoff spot: 23
Teams not within 10 games of playoff spot: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets,Seattle Mariners
Notable July Trades
Cubs trade starting pitcher Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles (7/2/13)
Marlins trade starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to Los Angeles Dodgers (7/7/13)
Cubs trade outfielder Scott Hairston to Washington Nationals (7/8/13)
White Sox trade reliever Matt Thornton to Boston Red Sox (7/13/13)
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Cuddyer, Headley, Johnson, Lincecum, Sale and Santana off the Market?
While we can't entirely scratch every name off the trade market that is deemed untouchable, several interesting names that recently popped up in rumors certainly seem unattainable at this point.
In regards to Rockies slugger Michael Cuddyer, who is having a breakout season at age 34, team owner Dick Monfort says that a trade is "Not happening.", according to a tweet from Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Padres third baseman Chase Headley, whose value has dipped because of a mediocre first half, would still be an interesting name on a trade market without much third base talent. The Yankees seem to agree because Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that they asked the Padres about his availability. They were told he wasn't.
Justin Morneau Trade Market?
The Twins' future is bright with potential superstars Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano on the fast track to the majors. For now, they're not very good and the trading deadline doesn't give the Twins much to look forward to.
In fact, their biggest trade chip will likely be first baseman Justin Morneau, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Not too many teams, however, are interested in giving up talent for a 32-year-old with a .737 OPS and an estimated $6 million remaining on his 2013 contract before he hits free agency at season's end. Jim Bowden of ESPN says the Pirates, Rays and Yankees are potential fits.
If all the Twins can get for the former AL MVP, who has a career .835 OPS, 211 homers, 1280 hits and four All-Star appearances since breaking in with the team in 2003, is a fringe prospect or two, they might just be happy to allow Morneau to finish the season out in Minnesota.
Yankees shopping Phil Hughes?
The Yankees are reportedly shopping starting pitcher Phil Hughes, possibly for a hitter, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says they haven't been satisfied with the offers.
While the 27-year-old has had his share of bad games, he's been very impressive for the most part with eight starts of at least seven innings, ten starts with two earned runs allowed or less and five starts with at least seven strikeouts, including a season-high ten in his last start before the break.
Non-contending teams like the Mariners (Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibañez) or the Twins (Morneau) aren't looking to acquire a free agent-to-be like Hughes. Shopping him to any contending team is also a challenge since it would be tough to get major league talent back in return.
If they feel comfortable enough with their back-of-the-rotation depth—Ivan Nova is currently the fifth starter, Michael Pineda is in Triple-A and David Phelps in on the disabled list—the Yankees' best bet might be to send him to a contender for a mid-level prospect.
Alex Rios Offers Too Low?
Maybe it has to do with his current 15-for-70 slump that includes just two extra-base hits, but the offers coming in for White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has the team in a state of disappointment, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden (Insider subscription required).
The 32-year-old, who has drawn interest from the Rangers, Giants and Pirates, appeared to have broken out of the slump with a six-hit game on July 9th. But he went 1-for-17 in his last four starts heading into the break, including an 0-for-6 game with three strikeouts.
While the Rangers appear focused on landing Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, Todd Wills of ESPN Dallas says Rios' name has been mentioned as a possible trade target. He could take over the starting left field job from David Murphy, who is having a rough season (.651 OPS)
The expected return of right-handed hitters Jeff Baker and Craig Gentry from the disabled list on Monday, the potential that Manny Ramirez impresses enough in Triple-A to get a look and the likelihood that no suspensions will be handed down in the Biogenesis case during the 2013 season—Nelson Cruz has been linked—could give the Rangers a reason to wait at least another 10 days or so before making a decision.
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