Strong arms go a long way in October, and there's no shortage of contenders looking to add some to their rotations and bullpens. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline closing in, here's a look at the best pitchers available or rumored to be for sale.
Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies
Hamels is the cream of the trade crop ... and that was before he threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday. The 31-year-old lefty has already had a tremendous career in nine-plus seasons with the Phillies. He'd be the top arm in most rotations and with Philly looking like cellar dwellars for the near future, the time for rebuilding is now.
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David Price, SP, Tigers
Could Price really be on the move again? That all depends on if the Tigers consider themselves sellers at the deadline. As of now, it remains unclear as the team flounders around .500, well back of the Royals in the AL Central race. If the Tigers consider themselves sellers, Price would provide a contending team a short-term rental with the opportunity to negotiate a future contract as his current deal runs out after this season.
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Aroldis Chapman, RP, Reds
The Reds fireballer could be the next piece on the move after the team dealt starter Johnny Cueto to the Royals on Sunday. If Cincinnati decides to go all-in on a rebuild, dealing Chapman makes a lot of sense as he would draw a nice return package as probably the best reliever in the game in a time when relievers are becoming more and more valuable. Chapman wouldn't be a free agent until 2017.
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Jeff Samardzija, SP, White Sox
Samardzija has moved around quite a bit over the last year as he was involved in an early trade deadline deal in 2014 as the Cubs shipped him to the A's. The A's then shipped him to the White Sox in the offseason. Now, in the midst of a relatively underwhelming season, he could be on the move again. With a contract that expires after the season, he's on the list of short-term rentals that could make a serious impact for a contender down the stretch.
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James Shields, SP, Padres
The Padres won the bidding for the prized free agent in the offseason, but as the team's struggles continue, he becomes a nice chip to sell off. If he is available, many teams figure to be interested as there were many offering bids when he was on the free market less than a year ago.
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Craig Kimbrel, RP, Padres
Another prized offseason acquisition by the Friars that could be on the move, Kimbrel has pitched well for San Diego this year. But with new GM A.J. Preller seeming as volatile as the Dow Jones, his team could be selling just as quickly as it was buying.
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Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Phillies
The passionate — yeah, let's go with passionate — long-time closer for the Red Sox and Phillies is having another tremendous year closing out games for the winning-percentage-challenged Phillies. With 342 saves under his belt and a career 2.32 ERA (through Tuesday), he would be a dynamite acquisition for any team in need of a more explosive bullpen. UPDATE: The Nationals landed Papelbon in a trade Tuesday.
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Yovani Gallardo, SP, Rangers
Gallardo is a solid back-end guy that would be very useful to a team that needs pitching depth rather than an ace. He's having a nice first year pitching in the AL after his eight years in Milwaukee and would be an easy upgrade for a number of teams' fourth or fifth slots in the rotation. Also, his current contract ends after this season.
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Mike Leake, SP, Reds
Another Reds pitcher who could be sold before the deadline, Leake is having a typical season for him: 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA. Similar to Gallardo, he would be a nice back-end guy with an expiring contract for a contender.
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Koji Uehara, RP, Red Sox
Closing things out is Boston's closer. Uehara, 40, has a contract that runs through 2016 and is having another strong season. With the Red Sox at the bottom of a hotly contested AL East race, it's probably time to see what they can get for their closer since the door is closed on their postseason chances.