The trade deadline is a few weeks away, so the rumor mill is about to heat up. To prep you for the coming trade season, we're providing a primer on who the top available trade targets could be as get closer to July 31st.
There are a lot of really good third basemen in the league...the problem is that most of them are really young, and not really trade bair at this point in time. I don't think it's going to be a very active market, but you never know.
Probably not available, but it couldn't hurt to ask
Chase Headley - Headley is far and away the best potential third baseman on the market...but are the Padres willing to deal him? It's going to take a lot for them to part with Headley, a franchise cornerstone at 28. Headley is a fantastic defender in addition to a great hitter, and he can become even more of a monster if he escapes Petco Park.
Trevor Plouffe - The Twins stink, and will look to sell off a lot of assets. But will Plouffe be one of them? He's still a pre-arb player, and his 19 homers in only 62 games lead all third basemen. But this power surge seems odd for a guy whose career high in homers is 23, set last year. Despite a BABIP of just .236, Plouffe is hitting homers on nearly 25% of his flyballs. That's not sustainable at all, and maybe there's some desperate team out there willing to give Twins GM Terry Ryan a mint for his third baseman.no comments