I know I am 3 for 3 discussing trades in my blogs, but that is the biggest part of the game at this point of the season (along with waiver wire pickups) and I feel it is where you can separate the winners from the also-rans. So let’s make it 4 for 4 and look at 20 players you should target in trades.
C: Victor Martinez (.316 BA/0 HR/2 RBi), Russell Martin (.162/0/4), Kenji Johjima (.118/0/2)
1B: David Ortiz (.070/1/3)
2B: Robinson Cano (.188/0/2), Placido Polanco (.154/0/2)
3B: Miguel Cabrera (.167/1/2), Ryan Zimmerman (.220/2/4), Garrett Atkins (.268/0/2)
SS: Derek Jeter (.208/0/1), Troy Tulowitzki (.159/0/0)
OF: Hunter Pence (.180/0/1), Gary Sheffield (.167/0/1), Andruw Jones (.105/0/1)
Michael Cuddyer (.278/0/1)
SP: C.C. Sabathia (0-2, 11.57 ERA, 2.36 WHIP), Justin Verlander (0-2, 6.52, 1.19)
Roy Oswalt (0-3, 9.00, 2.00), Rich Hill (0-0, 5.00, 1.56)
RP: J.J. Putz (0-1, 9.00, 2.00, 1 SV)
Each of these players is well below his expected production, but should all rebound. Their owners may be getting nervous and you should ask them about their availability. You just might find a bargain from a panicking owner who wants some value from the guy he paid a steep price for in the draft.
Here are four more names to consider. All four started the season on the DL, so their owner probably bought them knowing they were getting damaged goods and are patiently awaiting their return. But maybe they are losing their patience and would be happy to unload the dead weight to open a roster spot for an active player.
Inquiring about the availability of a player is never a bad idea. You never know what can get done unless you ask.