5 MLB All-Stars Who Could Get Moved Before the Trade Deadline

Dan Israeli
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With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on the horizon, there are surely several teams across the league looking beyond to the July 31 trade deadline. Buyers and sellers are already starting to shake out, and there are a number of All-Stars rumored to be headed to new teams once the deadline dust settles.

With the trade winds continuing to shift, here are the five All-Star hitters that are most likely to get dealt.

1. Justin Smoak, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

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Justin Smoak may not be a household name, but the one-time All-Star (2017) has had a steady career as a post-hype breakout. He peaked in 2017 with 38 home runs, but has been a reliable power and on-base source in recent years. Smoak is a switch hitter who could serve as a platoon option or a big bat off the bench at a cheap price. The impending unrestricted free agent is currently on the IL nursing a strained left quad, but likely won't call Toronto home come July 31.

2. Dee Gordon, OF, Seattle Mariners

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The first of two Gordons on this list, Dee is currently on a team that has already begun its fire sale. The Mariners have dealt Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnación, and Gordon is likely the next veteran All-Star to go. A two-time All-Star (2014 and 2015), Gordon is a versatile position player (he can play second base or outfield) who still has wheels. He has 13 steals in 15 attempts and could provide lots of potential playoff teams with the speed they need.

3. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals

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A three-time All-Star (2013-2015), Alex Gordon is another player who has provided steady production in the latter part of his MLB career. Once heralded as the top prospect in baseball, Gordon excels on defense – as a six-time Gold Glove Award winner – with just enough pop in his bat to justify an everyday role. He should demand a higher return than the previous two players on this list, due to his more complete skillset, but it shouldn't take an elite prospect to swing a deal with the Royals. Gordon should be high on a lot of playoff team's wish lists prior to the deadline.

4. Adam Jones, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

It took a while for Adam Jones to latch onto a team this season, but the veteran signed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks during Spring Training and has provided steady production in the desert. Jones, a five-time All-Star, has 13 home runs on the season and also helps out with the leather, being a four-time Gold Glove winner. He should be of interest to outfield-needy teams looking for a veteran bat to add to the middle of their lineup.

5. Wilson Ramos, C, New York Mets

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While outfielders and corner infielders have value at the deadline, players at premium positions tend to be more coveted. That's why veteran catcher Wilson Ramos, a two-time All-Star, may be one of the most sought-after trade chips at the deadline. Ramos is having a solid season in New York with an impressive .278/.353/.427 batting line. A team like the Dodgers, that could really use a veteran backstop to strengthen their already potent lineup, could be a fit here as they make another World Series push. That is, of course, if the Mets are truly ready to throw in the towel.

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