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The MLB All-Star rosters are set. The non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching. This begs the obvious question: Which 2018 All-Stars are most likely to swap uniforms on or before July 31?To answer this query http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-christian-arroyo-jersey , we used the latest credible rumors, each player's contract status and whether he plays for an obvious seller, plus a dollop of informed gut instinct.We'll look at five guys who were selected to the National League or American League squads and who should seriously begin pondering the possibility of a ZIP code change. But first, a few close calls.Could Be Dealt, but Survey Says No1 of 6Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom, RHP, New York MetsThe New York Mets are buried in last place in the National League East, and the persistent chatter has been that they'll at least listen to offers for virtually anyone on their big league roster.That includes right-hander Jacob deGrom, who's in the midst of a Cy Young Award-caliber season and under team control through 2020. The Mets would surely command a massive prospect haul for their ace. It could happen, but at this point, at least one top suitor鈥攖he New York Yankees鈥攄oesn't consider a trade for deGrom or his teammate Noah Syndergaard "especially realistic," per Fancred's Jon Heyman. J.T. Realmuto, C, Miami MarlinsThe Miami Marlins traded their entire 2017 starting outfield and second baseman Dee Gordon this offseason. Will catcher J.T. Realmuto be the next to exit South Beach? Don't be too sure."The Marlins want to keep Realmuto, who is under team control through 2020, and have internally discussed the possibility of making a long-term offer," Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported. "A team would need to make an astronomical offer for Miami to even consider a trade." Blake Snell, LHP, Tampa Bay RaysThe Tampa Bay Rays have managed to float above .500, but their chances of making noise in the top-heavy American League East are slim with the Yankees and Boston Red Sox throwing their weight around.The small-market Rays should consider trade offers for MLB talent so they can restock their farm, though one All-Star and potential deadline target鈥攃atcher Wilson Ramos鈥攄inged his value when he injured his hamstring Saturday.Another name you'll hear bandied about is left-hander Blake Snell's. Maybe, but don't get sucked in. It's hard to believe the Rays would move a 25-year-old rising star with a 2.27 ERA and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings who's controllable through 2022 unless another club essentially emptied its minor league stockpile.Brad Hand, LHP, San Diego Padres2 of 6Norm Hall/Getty ImagesThe San Diego Padres don't have to trade Brad Hand. The southpaw reliever is inked to a relatively affordable deal through 2021 with a team option.After striking out 13.2 batters per nine and notching 24 saves so far, however, he'll draw ample interest from a long list of buyers. Late-innings arms are always a hot commodity at the deadline.The Padres' asking price has some rival executives doubting a trade will happen, per Heyman, but it's not hard to imagine a contender such as the Yankees or Red Sox making a strong play. Hand is on the Chicago Cubs' "wish list," per Bruce Levine of 670 The Score.The defending champion Houston Astros, with their deep farm system and right-handed-heavy bullpen, also make sense.Jed Lowrie http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-nathan-eovaldi-jersey , 2B/3B, Oakland Athletics3 of 6Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesThe Oakland Athletics are technically in the AL playoff picture with a 55-42 record. But with the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros and Cleveland Indians near locks to make the dance and the Seattle Mariners (58-39) ahead of the A's in the American League West, it'll be a steep climb.Oakland could opt to buy or at least stand pat. If it slips even a little further from contention, however, it'll likely fall back on a well-established pattern of jettisoning veterans for cost-controlled young talent.That includes Jed Lowrie, who can capably play second and third base and owns an .849 OPS. A reunion with the Red Sox, for whom Lowrie played the first four years of his career, could be in the cards. His versatility and extensive postseason experience ought to entice any number of clubs.Maybe the A's will extend Lowrie, as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggested. History suggests they'll at least seriously listen to offers for the 34-year-old impending free agent.Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox4 of 6Ron Vesely/Getty ImagesThe Chicago White Sox are 29 games under .500 at 33-62. The future is bright on the South Side, while the present screams "sell."The ChiSox could keep first baseman Jose Abreu, who's under team control through 2019, and trade him in the offseason or next summer.That extra year of controllability adds value, however, and would net Chicago a richer haul.Abreu's OPS has dropped from .906 in 2017 to .752 this season, but he's clubbed 13 homers with 52 RBI and has quietly been among the more prolific power hitters in the game since his 2014 MLB debut, when he led MLB with a .581 slugging percentage.Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe floated the notion of an Abreu-to-Houston swap and hinted the Astros have interest. It would undeniably gild an already potent lineup and up the odds of a 'Stros repeat.Shin-Soo Choo, DH/OF, Texas Rangers5 of 6Greg Fiume/Getty ImagesShin-Soo Choo has been one of the best renaissance stories of 2018. The 36-year-old hadn't posted an OPS higher than .780 since 2015 and appeared to be on the downslope.So far this season, Choo sports a .911 OPS, his best mark since 2008. On Sunday, he extended his on-base streak to 51 games, making it the longest such stretch in baseball since 2007, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, are sunk in the AL West and are obvious sellers. Might there be a taker for Choo?The Rangers are willing to swallow some of the money remaining on Choo's contract, according to Heyman. The pact is paying him $20 million in 2018, $21 million in 2019 and $21 million in 2020. No one is absorbing all that for a guy who just turned 36.How much of that money Texas will take on and how much they'd expect back in prospects will determine whether Choo finishes his impressive 2018 campaign in Arlington. But any number of contenders could use an experienced hitter in the midst of an unequivocally excellent comeback.Manny Machado http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-daniel-robertson-jersey , SS, Baltimore Orioles6 of 6Patrick Semansky/Associated PressSurprise!(Insert sarcasm emoji.)The Baltimore Orioles have found new ways to define terrible in 2018. Manny Machado is an impending free agent. He's one of the most talented players of his generation and can capably man either shortstop or third base.Many teams have been linked to Machado, but now the list appears to be shrinking rapidly. On Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reportedthat the Los Angeles Dodgers had a deal in place and it could be a done deal by Wednesday. Scott Lauber of Philly.com chimed in that the Philadelphia Phillies are still "aggressively" pursuing Machado as well.Now we wait to see where he lands and what kind of package a team will give up for a couple months of his services.All statistics and standings accurate entering Monday and courtesy of Baseball Reference. Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesThe 2018 ALCS matchup is set.The Houston Astros are still on track to defend their World Series title after sweeping the Cleveland Indians, while the 108-win Boston Red Sox avenged back-to-back ALDS exits by knocking off the rival New York Yankees.The team that comes out on top in this year's ALCS will likely be heavily favored in the World Series, but first, they'll need to survive what figures to be a hotly contested best-of-seven battle.Ahead is a look at the full ALCS schedule, complete with game times, TV information, updated World Series odds and a series preview.2018 ALCS ScheduleGame 1 at BOS: Saturday, October 13 (8:09 p.m. ET, TBS)Game 2 at BOS: Sunday, October 14 (7:09 p.m. ET, TBS)Game 3 at HOU: Tuesday, October 16 (5:09 p.m. ET, TBS)Game 4 at HOU: Wednesday, October 17 (8:39 p.m. ET, TBS)Game 5 at HOU: Thursday, October 18 (8:09 p.m. ET, TBS)Game 6 at BOS: Saturday, October 20 (5:09 p.m. ET, TBS)Game 7 at BOS: Sunday, October 21 (7:39 p.m. ET, TBS) Odds to Win World SeriesAstros: +210Red Sox: +215Odds via OddsShark ALCS PreviewBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox finished the regular season with the best record in baseball, but the Houston Astros might be better built for October success.The Red Sox won 108 games on the strength of the best offense in baseball. With AL MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez leading the way, they led the majors in batting average (.268), OPS (.792) and runs scored (876).In the opposite dugout, the Astros boasted the top pitching staff in all of baseball, leading the majors in team ERA (3.11), starters' ERA (3.16) and bullpen ERA (3.03).That's not to say either team is one-dimensional.The Red Sox finished eighth in team ERA (3.75) and the Astros finished sixth in runs scored (797), so these are well-balanced squads capable of winning in a number of different ways.Justin VerlanderTim Warner/Getty ImagesThe starters for Game 1 and Game 2 of the series have already been announced.Justin Verlander (16-9 Matt Andriese Jersey , 2.52 ERA, 290 K, 214.0 IP) and Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA, 237 K, 158.0 IP) will square off in the opener, while Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.88 ERA, 276 K, 200.1 IP) and David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA, 177 K, 176.0 IP) will toe the rubber in Game 2.Verlander (5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 7 K) and Cole (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 12 K) both pitched well in their ALDS starts, and the same can be said for Sale (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K).However, Price lasted just 1.2 innings in his ALDS outing, allowing a pair of home runs and three earned runs total before getting the hook.That said, he pitched well against the Astros back in June, allowing five hits and three earned runs over six innings to earn the win.The Astros won the season series by a slim 4-3 margin, and this series really is a coin flip. Don't be surprised if this one goes the distance and concludes in a thrilling Game 7.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.


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