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MLB Trade Rumors, By Position: Corey Hart One Of Many Outfielders Being Looked At By Giants, Others

That was an ugly trip through much of the infield, but thankfully we've gotten ourselves to the conclusion of this series: the outfield, where one can find a number of useful players who might get themselves traded to a contender. Even without David DeJesus being on the market anymore due to his injury, there are still pieces here for a team to upgrade a decent player, or even upgrade a good one.

OUTFIELD

Rick Ankiel, 31, Left

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

83

0.237

0.289

0.474

2010: $3.25m
2011: $6m mutual option

Ankiel just recently returned from a minor league rehab stint following some leg problems, but while his numbers aren't great, he has a ton of power and can punish right-handed pitchers. If he shows enough over the next few days, he could find himself a role player on a good team. He can play center field, albeit not very well.

Jose Bautista, 29, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

411

0.242

0.355

0.548

2010: $2.4m
2011: arbitration-eligible

Bautista's stock has skyrocketed in 2010, as he's come out of nowhere to assume the league lead in home runs. As such, there's an awful lot of interest in his services, although the fact that he'll be fairly cheap again in 2011 has led the Blue Jays to attach a high price tag. Odds are Bautista doesn't get moved, but if he does, he's an instant improvement for any order.

Jeff Francouer, 26, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

344

0.248

0.299

0.379

2010: $5m
2011: arbitration-eligible

Francouer wouldn't be an upgrade for anybody, but he's still available and seems to have this weird pull over Major League front offices. I wouldn't want my team to trade for him. I wouldn't wish him on my enemies.

Kosuke Fukudome, 33, Left

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

273

0.253

0.356

0.410

2010: $13m
2011: $13.5m

Fukudome comes with an enormous price tag, but the Cubs have voiced a willingness to cover some of that to see him moved, which should help the process. He's still not a good bet to get traded; the walks and versatility are nice, but the cost is insane.

Jose Guillen, 34, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

398

0.273

0.334

0.460

2010: $12m

With DeJesus down, Guillen emerges as the Royals outfielder most likely to get traded. One problem is that he isn't a great defensive outfielder. Another problem is that, after a torrid April, he's only hit eight home runs since May 5th. Even so, he's an appealing, "proven RBI" bat who could find a new temporary home.

Corey Hart, 28, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

370

0.292

0.349

0.568

2010: $4.8m
2011: arbitration-eligible

One of the premier bats on the market, Hart recently suffered a minor wrist injury, but he's beat the snot out of the ball all season with the Brewers and finds himself at the center of rumors these days. Even with a lot of money coming in 2011, the low cost in 2010 only increases his appeal.

Austin Kearns, 30, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

329

0.266

0.349

0.408

2010: $0.75m

A good bounceback year for Kearns has seen him become something of an ideal fourth outfielder, as he draws walks, hits for some power, and can cover all three positions. He's exactly the kind of outfielder a good team wants on the bench in the playoffs.

Ryan Langerhans, 30, Left

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

71

0.208

0.408

0.340

2010: $0.525m
2011: arbitration-eligible

Kind of like Kearns in a lot of ways, Langerhans is an ideal backup outfielder who draws a ton of walks and plays excellent defense everywhere. He's long been worthy of more playing time than he's received, and he could be of great use to a contending team, if anyone notices.

Corey Patterson, 30, Left

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

243

0.277

0.329

0.409

2010: ? (low)

Patterson's been a rare useful player for the Orioles, and he may have been useful enough to earn the chance to be a useful player somewhere else, as he can run around in center and pop the occasional home run.

Scott Podsednik, 34, Left

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

421

0.309

0.353

0.399

2010: $1.65m
2011: $2m club option

Podsednik's been the same guy for two years, and he's just another ideal fourth outfielder. He puts the bat on the ball, he can play anywhere, and he runs until there's nowhere to run anymore. He's an overrated player, but a helpful one, and he comes with the highly-valued postseason experience.

Cody Ross, 29, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

394

0.273

0.330

0.402

2010: $4.45m
2011: arbitration-eligible

The power that once made Ross a really interesting player has dropped off, but the memory is there, and he can cover all three positions, making him interesting off the bench. For his career, while he's struggled against righties, he has just annihilated southpaw opponents.

Jayson Werth, 31, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

396

0.286

0.379

0.506

2010: $7m

Werth is only getting moved if the Phillies land a big-money starter, but if he does become available, he's a prize. Much has been made of his recent slump, but his 2010 numbers look just like his 2009 numbers, and he's a good defensive corner outfielder who can play center in a pinch without embarrassing himself. Werth's a legitimately great player.

Josh Willingham, 31, Right

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

384

0.273

0.401

0.479

2010: $4.6m
2011: arbitration-eligible

Willingham is no one's idea of a gifted outfielder, but he isn't a nightmare out there, and he has a career OBP of .368 with above-average power. It seems like he's always on the market, and there's a reason for that - he's a valuable player with a reasonable salary. There's no questioning the demand. There's only questioning whether the Nationals would trade Willingham for a price that anyone would agree to.