Despite the flurry of moves prior to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline — there were 18 deals involving 49 players on Monday alone — not every available star is wearing a different uniform. Not yet, anyway. Yes, there will be more trades prior to the Aug. 31 waiver deadline, which is the cutoff for an acquired player to be eligible for the postseason with his new team. Trades are a bit trickier now because the players must clear waivers or be dealt only to the team that claims them. But blockbusters still can happen. Here are five big names who could still be on the move.
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Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
For seemingly the 29th consecutive deadline, the Rockies resisted the urge to deal their All-Star outfielder. And it’s easy to understand why. Not only is Colorado hovering around .500 and contending for a wild card, the team can also wait until the offseason and perhaps get an even better return for Gonzalez, who is under contract through the 2017 season. The landscape might change, however, if the Rockies hit a rough patch in August — and that’s entirely possible with upcoming series against the Dodgers (twice), Marlins, Rangers, Nationals (twice) and Cubs this month.
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Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
The Dodgers have lost plenty of leverage, as the other 29 teams know Los Angeles was unable to deal him prior to Monday’s deadline and told him to stay away as it made plans to demote him to Triple-A. Barring an injury to one of the Dodgers’ other outfielders, it’s tough to imagine Puig playing in L.A. again. However, if he were to put together a red-hot week or two in the minors, an interested team could be tempted to give him the change of scenery he desperately needs. There’s a ton of raw talent and a manageable contract.
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Brian McCann, Yankees
New York's roster rebuild is well underway with Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova gone (and Alex Rodriguez possibly the next to be shown the door). In recent weeks, McCann’s name was linked to the Braves, among other teams, but he remains in the Bronx for now. Perhaps that’s because New York values his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff. Or maybe it just wasn’t able to shed as much of his remaining contract as it had hoped (McCann is guaranteed $34 million from 2017-18 and has a $15 million vesting team option for 2019).
James Shields, White Sox
Once upon a time when the White Sox were contenders, they acquired Shields from the Padres in early June. Of course, they immediately had buyers’ remorse as the righty allowed 24 earned runs in his first five starts (13 2/3 innings). But "Big Game James" has regained his top form, posting a 1.93 ERA in his past six outings. The biggest risk that might explain why he hasn’t moved yet: He’s owed $21 million in 2017 and 2018. And then there's the matter of that 5.46 career postseason ERA.
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Ryan Braun, Brewers
The lifelong Brewer quietly is having another strong season and has done a decent job of distancing himself from the PED mess, making him appealing to a contender searching for a power-hitting outfielder. But there are a couple of huge hurdles: One, Braun, 32, will make $76 million from 2017-2020, with a $15 million mutual option for 2021. Two, he has a no-trade clause for all but six teams. Plus, there’s the question of whether Milwaukee really wants to deal the face of its franchise as it goes through a tough rebuilding period.