Speculation surrounds Carl Crawford as non-waiver trade deadline looms

Speculation surrounds Carl Crawford as non-waiver trade deadline looms
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford walks through the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in May. Will the Dodgers look to deal Crawford before the trade deadline? (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

The non-waiver trade deadline looms later this month, and you can expect more contenders and bottom feeders will do what the

Oakland Athletics


Chicago Cubs

have already done. The A’s bulked up; the Cubs dumped salary. Here’s a look at some other players who might change places:

National League

Trade speculation quickly swirled around



Carl Crawford

after he recently returned from an injury and was relegated to a bench role. The Dodgers are paying Crawford $20.25 million this season and owe him another $62.25 million through 2017, so it’ll cost them to trade him.

Two relievers also are hot topics ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

Jonathan Papelbon

of the

Philadelphia Phillies

, who has 22 saves and a 1.21 ERA, and

Huston Street

of the

San Diego Padres

, who has 24 saves and a 1.09 ERA.

The Padres might shop veteran third baseman

Chase Headley

and the

Miami Marlins

might be willing to trade third baseman

Casey McGehee

, who is batting .319 with 53 RBIs.

American League

Two left-handed starting pitchers could be moved:

David Price

of the

Tampa Bay Rays

, who leads the league in strikeouts with 164, and

John Danks

of the

Chicago White Sox

, who is 8-6 with a 3.99 ERA.

But a question looms regarding Price: After a terrible start, Tampa Bay has played better of late despite still being 9 1/2 games out of first place. If the Rays gain on the leaders, would they want to part with Price?


Elvis Andrus

of the


(.265, two home runs, 22 RBIs) is another candidate with last-place Texas looking to rebuild. But Andrus’ eight-year, $118-million contract extension that starts next year could be an impediment.

And with


recently bulking up its starting rotation by trading for Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija and right-hander

Jason Hammel

, some wonder if the


will acquire more pitching to keep pace.

Although the Angels recently acquired relievers

Jason Grilli

from Pittsburgh and

Joe Thatcher

from Arizona, there’s speculation the club might pursue Street, or starters such as Price or Philadelphia’s

Cole Hamels