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3 MLB Players Who Could Be Traded This Summer

Mike Esposito
Arizona Diamondbacks  v San Francisco Giants
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No matter how optimistic their fanbases might be, not every team will have a realistic shot at the playoffs this season. The playoff field is bound to narrow by the dog days of summer and those who are clearly out of the running by then could put some of their best talent on the trading block, and attempt to rebuild for future seasons.

With that in mind, here are three players that could have new home by the trade deadline.

1. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

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Madison Bumgarner's future with the Giants has been up in the air since the very beginning of this past offseason and now that he's submitted his no-trade list to management, it's more likely than not, the lefty is on his way out of the Bay Area. The 29-year-old is an innings-eating Cy Young-caliber pitcher with top-notch strikeout stuff (58 strikeouts in 55.2 innings) and should be the final piece needed for any starter-needy contender by the trade deadline.

2. Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF, Detroit Tigers

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Trade rumors have been swirling around him for more than a year, but this could finally be the season that Nick Castellanos gets out of Detroit. The 27-year-old has struggled to find his home-run swing (three homers in 36 games) this season, but he owns a respectable .270 average and continues to display elite gap power (12 doubles, three triples). Add his positional versatility to the mix and Castellanos should be a hot commodity for almost every contender in need of an impact bat.

3. Starlin Castro, 2B, Miami Marlins

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The Miami Marlins are going nowhere in 2019 and it's more likely than not that they'll try and flip their veteran players for young talent by the trade deadline. Castro is in the middle of a down season (.580 OPS), but he leads the Marlins with 11 RBI and probably has the most value out of any other veteran position player on the club's roster. His trade market may be thin now, but if he can get back to his career norms (.280 average) before the deadline, contenders in need of a middle-infield bat should be lining up for the 29-year-old's services.

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