Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/22/13
Red-hot right-hander Matt Garza was close to going to the Rangers in a sizable deal Friday before a snag set the sides back, and word now is that the Cubs are looking at other possible landing spots as well for Garza, who is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA over his last six starts and presumably coveted in a very thin pitchers' market. While Garza, who pitches again Monday for the Cubs, continues to be a star on the market, several other players are aiding their teams' causes to trade them. Here are the Bulls of the trade market (and a few Bears as well). 1. Alexei Ramirez and Jake Peavy, White Sox SS and SP: Ramirez would appear to be the best starting shortstop on the market, almost by default. But it doesn't hurt that he's hitting .319 in July to go along with his stellar defense. The Pirates look like a possible landing spot, as was mentioned here a few days ago. Meanwhile, second baseman Gordon Beckham has been hitting even better (.357 with a .518 slugging percentage this month), but with wrist issues cropping up again, teams may want to see him back on the field. On balance, it was still a pretty nice week for White Sox trade chips, as Jake Peavy showed he's healthy in winning his return engagement over the Braves Saturday. Many executives actually favor him over even Garza since Peavy's contracted through 2014. 2. Marlon Byrd, Mets OF: The Mets seem all but assured of keeping him, as Byrd, out of nowhere, has become their deserving cleanup hitter. Byrd has only escalated his nice start with even better play lately, and he looks headed for career-high totals after starting the year on a $700,000 make-good contract. Byrd was one of the worst players in the big leagues last year, not to mention one who failed a PED test (so it's a wonder he could get the 700 grand), but he's turned into one of the Mets' top players by more than doubling his slugging percentage from last year -- to .519. He has 17 home runs, quite a few for a 33-year-old who's only once before topped 12 in a year. With a .980 OPS in July, there will be plenty of interest -- though at the moment, the Mets appear likely to keep him, as they did last year with Scott Hairston under somewhat similar circumstances (though Hairston wasn't nearly as good as Byrd is now). 3. Glen Perkins, Jose Veras, Huston Street, Bobby Parnell; closers: The closing quartet all aided their potential trade values with nice months, as all four have ERAs of 0.00 in July. Of the three, Veras may be most likely to be traded. Perkins (six scoreless innings this month) told CBSSports.com he expects to stay, and there's nothing to indicate the Twins are thinking otherwise about the fine lefty. The Padres got Street (four scoreless) on a nice deal last winter, and they don't seem much more interested in trading him. Parnell (nine scoreless in July), meanwhile, is having a big year for the Mets, who love the fact he has years to go before free agency. The Astros presumably aren't as attached to Veras (5 1/3 scoreless), who could help someone.
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