MLB Trade Rumors Include Veterans on Teams in Sell Mode

Mike Esposito
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With just over six weeks left before the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline, there are lots of players likely to soon be changing uniforms around the league. And there are a select few that are more likely to be moved leading up to the deadline, either due to their recent production, versatility and/or their team's own misfortune this season.

With that in mind, here are three players that should be traded before the July 31 non-waiver MLB Trade Deadline.

3. Howie Kendrick, Washington Nationals

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Howie Kendrick's late-career resurgence has been one of the few bright spots in the nation's capital this year. Unfortunately for Washington Nationals fans, he may not be wearing the team's uniform for too much longer. The 35-year-old utilityman is slashing .325/.372/.589 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI while playing defense at almost every position in the infield this season. A veteran player that's swinging a hot bat like Kendrick has incredible value, making him a likely trade piece for the Nationals.

2. Will Smith, San Francisco Giants

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San Fransisco Giants' closer Will Smith is enjoying arguably the best season of his seven-year MLB career, with a 2.03 ERA, 16 saves and 38 strikeouts across 26 2/3 innings pitched. High-leverage relievers are always in high demand around the trade deadline and the 29-year-old lefty is arguably the best relief arm that could be available. Smith will likely find a new home, with a contender, at some point over the next six-plus weeks.

1. Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle Mariners

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Big-time power is a hot commodity at the MLB Trade Deadline and there's no better slugger available than Edwin Encarnacion. The 15-year veteran has been tearing the cover off the ball this season, clubbing an American League-best 21 homers along with 49 RBI in the 65 games he's played for the Seattle Mariners. Encarnacion is on pace to set a new career-high for home runs and, as long as he continues to rake, a contender looking to beef up the middle of their lineup is bound to acquire him by the deadline.

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