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MLB Trade Deadline: July 31
July 31 is the trading deadline in the MLB and many experts say this will be a quiet deadline because of the fact so many teams are still in playoff contention and even the teams out of the playoff races will be asking for a lot. There are some players heavily mentioned in the rumors.
We have already seen Ty Wiggington traded to the Astros and Kenny Lofton once again traded to the Indians.
Here are the players mentioned in future trades
Mark Teixera (Texas Rangers): Power hitting corner infielder is the big name of the market as the Rangers are well out of contention. The Yankes, D-Backs, Red Sox, Angels and the Braves are interested. Rangers will be asking for a lot I think and the Braves are actually the favorites of picking him up
Jermaine Dye (White Sox): With the White Sox well out of it Dye is on the market. The Red Sox, Angels and Mets are interested in Dye. He would have trouble finding a spot in the lineup for the Red Sox and the Angels don't won't to give up too much for him. As for the Mets, he isn't the #1 target
Eric Gagne (Texas Rangers): Former dominant closer is now with the Rangers after his injury problems. He is the big name reliever out there and the Yankees, Mets and the Red Sox are interested. All these teams can use him, but the price will be steep and the Rangers want top prospects.
Octavio Dotel (Kansas City Royals): Another hard throwing reliever who is a closer for the Royals. He also has injury problems but is an effective hard thrower. The Mets, Yankees, Tigers, Mariners, Braves are looking for him.
There are some other mentionable players like: Ken Griffey Jr., Brad Lidge (looking unlikely) Ryan Klesko, Soloman Torres, Chad Cordero, Jay Payton and others
What does your team need and what are the rumors surrounding you team?
For the NY Mets, the main target is a relief pitcher and another bat off the bench or even a right handed starting outfielder. 2B is an issue too but Gotay and Easley have done well.
Mets have been rumored to getting Dotel, Gagne and Cordero for the bullpen and Jay Payton for that outfield spot and Mark Loretta for the 2B spot. Mets have plenty of talent in the minor league system but honestly, in my opinion the Mets should only look for another bat off the bench and a hard throwing late inning relief pitcher