4 Players Most Likely to Get Dealt by July 31 MLB Trade Deadline

Dan Israeli
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It's been fairly quiet so far on the MLB trade front, but a big move kicked off the week when the New York Mets acquired Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange two pitching prospects, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson.

It's unclear what will be the next shoe to drop, as now reports have one of the biggest rumored sellers from a few weeks ago, the San Francisco Giants, holding onto guys like Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith.

It's all speculation at this point, but here are four players most likely to be traded by the July 31 deadline.

1. Robbie Ray, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Robbie Ray pitched well in his most recent start, matching a season-high with 11 strikeouts against the Marlins. Ringing up hitters is where the lefty excels, and now that Stroman is off the market, the demand for Ray's services should only increase among the contenders all rumored to be after him. The Yankees, Astros, Brewers and Twins are all in the running, so it should take a fairly attractive trade package to lure Ray away from the D-Backs.

2. Mike Minor, SP, Texas Rangers

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Mike Minor is another starting pitcher heavily rumored in trade talks, as the Texas Rangers are likely to be sellers at the deadline. Minor is having a career year, having been named to his first All-Star team, and could help a number of contenders as a strong mid-rotation arm. The Rangers are also rumored to be shopping reliever Jose Leclerc, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see a few players move on from Texas over the next few days.

3. Ken Giles, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

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Seeing as how the Blue Jays have already traded Stroman, they should be looking to move closer Ken Giles next as Toronto continues to stockpile prospects for the future. Giles raised some eyebrows Sunday, when he was unavailable out of the bullpen, but manager Charlie Montoyo claimed it's because his closer "wasn't 100 percent." No matter the reason, Giles is being sought after by a number of teams in need of bullpen help.

4. Yasiel Puig, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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One name currently gaining a lot of momentum in trade talks is Yasiel Puig. Dealt to the Reds in the offseason, Puig is actually having a career year in Cincinnati, as he currently has 22 homers, just six shy of his personal best. While there are more teams seeking pitching, it would seem, at the deadline, the Phillies have emerged as a serious contender for the Cuban power bat. Keep an eye out on this rumor, as it may be one of the next big trades to go down.

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