No matter how great an accolade a baseball player may have earned in their career, baseball history has taught us that player is not untouchable and has their price. In fact, there have been several Cy Young Award winners and MVPs that have switched teams at the trade deadline.
With that in mind, here are three former MVPs and Cy Young Award winners that could be moved at the MLB Trade Deadline.
1. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto has seen a huge drop in power over the past two seasons, but he should still carry plenty of value at the trade deadline. The 2010 National League MVP is slashing a respectable .268/.360/.411 with eight homers and 44 runs scored on the year so far. He's not the dangerous middle-of-the-order bat that he used to be, but his uncanny ability to get on-base (.424 career OBP) and solid defense at first base would make him a welcome addition to any contender looking for a steady bat.
2. Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez isn't the same pitcher that won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award anymore, but he still should receive plenty of interest at the trade deadline. The 33-year-old righty went 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA in eight starts before being placed on the injured list in May. Despite a few setbacks in his recovery, King Felix is expected to return before the end of the month and, if traded, should provide any interested contender with an innings-eating fifth starter capable of an occasional ace-caliber performance.
3. Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and could be well on his way to a fourth - if the Nationals decide to keep him, that is. The 34-year-old fireballer owns a 9-5 record with a 2.30 ERA and an MLB-best 181 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings pitched this year. Washington was playing really good baseball before the All-Star break and could make a late postseason push. However, frontline starting pitchers can reel in quite the haul on the trade market and if the Nats end up fading as the month winds down, Scherzer could be in a different uniform come August.
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