10 players who could be traded during August

August 1st, 2018

The trading frenzy has quieted to a calm following Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, but that doesn't mean there won't be more deals over the next month.
Remember that the most impactful deal last summer took place on Aug. 31, when the Astros acquired from the Tigers moments before the calendar flipped to September.
If you're not familiar with the rules for August trades, here's the deal: Teams can place players on revocable trade waivers, which means the player can be claimed by any club. Waiver priority is determined by reverse standings in the player's league, followed by reverse standings in the other league.
If a player is claimed, his original club can either work out a trade with the claiming club within 48 hours, allow the player -- and his entire contract -- to go to the club, or pull the player back off waivers. Once a player is pulled back off waivers, he can be placed on trade waivers a second time, though the request then becomes irrevocable.
Should a player pass through waivers unclaimed, he can then be traded to any club without any restrictions. Any players on the 40-man roster involved in the trade must also have cleared waivers.
Although players can technically be traded through the end of the season, Aug. 31 is considered to be the unofficial deadline, because players acquired after that date are not eligible to be on a postseason roster.

With all of that in mind, which players might be candidates to be traded in August? Here are 10 names to watch.
, Nationals OF
Monday night's news that the Nationals had been gauging interest in Harper sent the rumor mill into a frenzy, so much so that general manager Mike Rizzo felt compelled to say publicly that he was not trading Harper and that he believed in his team. But the fact remains that Washington was indeed taking the temperature of potential buyers, opening the door for a Harper trade.

If the first couple weeks of August find the Nationals plummeting further in the National League East standings, Rizzo could find himself shopping Harper again. With more than $7 million still owed to Harper, it's unlikely that a non-contender would claim the former NL Most Valuable Player Award winner, but a contender could see a unique opportunity to add a top talent for the stretch run. Chances are this won't happen, but it can't be ruled out, either.

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays 3B
Once considered a prime candidate to be traded by July 31, the former American League MVP Award winner hasn't played since May 28, leaving his trade value in limbo. Donaldson is aiming for a return from the disabled list in a couple weeks, and if he shows he can contribute to a contender, the Blue Jays may move him before Aug. 31. Donaldson is owed more than $7 million for the remainder of the season and is slated to hit free agency this winter.

, Rangers 3B
Several teams expressed interest in the Texas mainstay, who had full control over his future thanks to his 10-and-5 rights. The Braves and Red Sox were among the teams that talked to the Rangers about Beltre, but he was not moved before the Deadline. The 39-year-old is still in search of his first World Series championship, and if a contending team makes a push for him, he might be moved to accept a deal. Beltre, who is owed about $6 million over the final two months, will be a free agent after the season.
, Orioles OF
Jones has spent 11 of his 13 big league seasons in Baltimore. With his family rooted there and a decade of personal history, Jones -- who reportedly shot down an opportunity to go to the Phillies -- might choose to exercise his 10-and-5 rights and veto any deal in order to finish his Orioles career on his own terms. Jones, an impending free agent who is extremely unlikely to re-sign in Baltimore, is owed a little less than $6 million for the remainder of the season.

Matt Harvey, Reds RHP
Possibly the most surprising name not to move on Tuesday, Harvey could be a prime August trade candidate. The right-hander has been better -- albeit not close to his prime self -- since moving from the Mets to the Reds, posting a 4.44 ERA in 14 starts with Cincinnati. Harvey is owed about $1.9 million for the rest of the season, but he may be able to clear waivers, based on the fact that no teams made a move for him before the Deadline.

, Giants OF
The former NL MVP Award winner was a popular name on Tuesday, though the Giants opted not to move him. The Phillies, Indians and Yankees were all reported to have interest in the outfielder, and any of those contenders could revisit talks with San Francisco if McCutchen -- who is owed just shy of $5 million for the remainder of 2018 -- clears waivers.
, Twins RHP
The right-hander has made only two starts since returning from finger surgery, making it difficult for the Twins to move him before July 31. Santana, who posted a 3.32 ERA from 2016-17 for Minnesota, could become a valued asset if he puts a few good starts together this month. The 35-year-old is owed about $4.5 million for the rest of this year, with a $14.5 million club option for 2019.

, White Sox RHP
Shields has been a steady presence in the White Sox rotation, throwing at least six innings in 17 of his 22 starts entering Tuesday, 13 of them quality starts. With a 4.53 ERA, Shields isn't likely to be a difference-maker, but he can provide some back-end stability for a contender, especially one that sustains an injury in the rotation. The 36-year-old is owed about $7 million over the final two months and has a $16 million club option with a $2 million buyout, so the White Sox would likely need to include some cash to offset the salary.

, Rangers OF
The 36-year-old outfielder/DH is having one of the best seasons of his career, posting a .280/.392/.491 slash line with 20 home runs entering Tuesday. Choo could help a contender -- especially one in the AL -- with a steady left-handed bat, though his price tag -- he's owed about $6.5 million for the rest of 2018 and has two more years on his deal at $21 million each -- make it a lock that he'd clear waivers and a long shot that the Rangers would be able to move him.
, Mets C
The Mets tried to deal Mesoraco before the Deadline, but couldn't find any takers. Given his high salary -- he's owed a little more than $4 million over the final two months -- it's hard to imagine him not clearing waivers. But a team with a catching injury could be inclined to roll the dice on the 30-year-old, who hit 25 home runs during his lone All-Star season in 2014.