The MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away and, as it continues to inch closer, rumors continue to grow by the day. Many players have been linked to contending teams, including some of this year's All-Stars.
With that in mind, here are five 2019 MLB All-Stars that could get traded ahead of the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.
5. Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon has been a franchise cornerstone for the Rockies over the past five seasons, so it's pretty surprising that Colorado is considering moving the All-Star outfielder. The 32-year-old is enjoying another quality season with Colorado, slashing .319/.363/.594 with 21 homers, 74 runs scored and 60 RBI on the year. A five-tool player with postseason experience that's under contract through the 2021 season at the very least (player options for 2022 and 2023), Blackmon could net Colorado quite the return in a deal.
4. Mike Minor, SP, Texas Rangers
Mike Minor is enjoying the finest season of his career in 2019 and, if the Rangers decide to sell at the deadline, he could be the first player to be moved. The 31-year-old southpaw has posted an 8-6 record with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 136 strikeouts in 135 innings. Minor could provide a contender with another quality arm and could be a real difference maker down the stretch.
3. Kirby Yates, RP, San Diego Padres
Kirby Yates has arguably been baseball's best closer in this season and, with his stock at an all-time high, could be traded away from San Diego by the deadline. The 2019 All-Star has dominated this season, posting a 1.05 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and an MLB-best 31 saves (33 opportunities). Elite relievers are a hot commodity this time of year, especially when they're under team control for another season like Yates. Plus, there are contenders, like the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, that have the talent-rich farm system likely needed to meet the Padres' asking price.
2. Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers
Shane Greene is another reliever on the market and he's been dominant closing out games in the Motor City this season, recording a 1.22 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 22 saves in 25 opportunities. Under team control through the 2020 season, Greene would be more than a short-term improvement for any contender in need of bullpen depth.
1. Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Marcus Stroman has received a considerable amount of trade buzz since the All-Star break and it's more likely than not that he'll be wearing a new uniform come Aug. 1. The 28-year-old righty is in the middle of an excellent season, despite his 6-11 record, sporting a 2.96 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP through 21 starts. Quality starting pitching is always in high demand around the trade deadline and, with another year of team control remaining after 2019, Stroman can be more than a rental for a team poised to contend this season.
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