5 Pitchers That Could Be Moved From the AL to the NL Prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline

Dan Israeli
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The MLB Trade Deadline is just a couple weeks away, and while some small moves have trickled in since the All-Star break, there are some big names still rumored to potentially be on the move that could really shake things up.

As far as pitchers, there are a number of contenders looking for help in the rotation and the bullpen. With that in mind, here are five American League pitchers that may be sent to the National League before the July 31 deadline.

5. Mike Leake, SP, Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners have already dealt two big bats this season, in Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnación, and may add a starting pitcher to the departed list sooner rather than later. It's been rumored that Mike Leake has demanded a trade, and one of his former teams, the St. Louis Cardinals, are one team that may be interested. Leake is coming off pitching a one-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Angels in his most recent start, which could slightly bump up his trade value.

4. Mike Minor, SP, Texas Rangers

Sticking with the theme of pitchers named Mike rumored as trade targets, Mike Minor is having a solid season with the Texas Rangers, posting an 8-5 record with a 2.86 ERA. The Rangers (50-49) can still battle for a Wild Card spot, but if they decide to sell, Minor is one of the team's biggest trade chips. NL clubs like the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers are aggressively pursuing a veteran starter, and both have the prospects to make the Rangers a very attractive offer for Minor.

3. Alex Colomé, RP, Chicago White Sox

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Alex Colomé is having a great first year with the Chicago White Sox, already compiling 21 saves on the strength of a 2.33 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. He always seemed to be involved in trade rumors this time of the year throughout his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, and was finally dealt last season to the Seattle Mariners. Colomé may now get moved again, this time to the National League, where teams like the Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers can use another strong weapon in the bullpen.

2. Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers

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Shane Greene is having a career year with the Detroit Tigers (22 saves, 1.25 ERA and 0.86 WHIP) and has been heavily rumored in trade talks along with half of the Tigers' roster. Detroit is playing for the future making Greene a prime sell-high candidate. The first-time All-Star also makes sense for a team like the Braves, especially since he could be packaged with the next player on this list.

1. Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers

The Braves are reportedly one of several teams trying to acquire Matthew Boyd from Detroit, as the San Diego Padres are also rumored to be interested in the overpowering lefty. Boyd is drawing a lot of interest for a player whose numbers have dipped considerably since May, but the underlying stats, namely his strikeout-to-walk ratio, show a pitcher who still has elite potential. If the Braves can make a Godfather offer for Boyd and Greene, they can address two big areas of need in one fell swoop.

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