3 Surprise Players That Could Be Traded by MLB Deadline

Zach Brunner
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The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline on July 31 is quickly approaching, and the sellers and buyers are becoming more clear by the week. A handful of the same names continue to swirl in the rumor mill, but there are other impact players that could be on the move that may come as much more of a surprise.

Keeping that in mind, here are three surprise players that could be traded by this year's deadline.

3. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals

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Anthony Rendon has been putting together another terrific season. He leads the Washington Nationals in home runs (17), batting average (.317) and RBI (53) thus far in 2019. However, with the Nats sitting third the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, Washington may look to sell at the deadline. Rendon will also be a free agent once the season concludes, making him one of the most coveted rentals at the deadline.

2. Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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Much like Rendon, Jose Abreu's contract is up at the end of this season. Also like Rendon, Abreu would be a highly-coveted rental by a contender. He is currently fourth in the AL in RBI (54), and he has hit 17 home runs on the year. With the White Sox sitting behind both the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians in the division, it could make sense to shop Abreu.

1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets

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If the New York Mets decide they want to sell this year, they certainly have some pitchers that most franchises would be interested in bidding for. The 26-year-old Noah Syndergaard could fit just about anywhere in the league. In 15 starts this season, Syndergaard has posted a 5-4 record with a 4.55 ERA, which already seems like a long way from his career 42-26 record and 3.18 ERA. The Mets also signed Syndergaard's teammate and fellow Mets' star arm, Jacob deGrom, through 2024 earlier this year. And just like Abreu and Rendon, Syndergaard is set to become a free agent at the season's end.

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