|Holliday's stay in Oakland should prove to be a short one.
Matt Holliday (Athletics) - The early-month surge hasn't held up, as the A's have gone 3-6 since interleague play resumed. While Oakland is still just seven games back, there's nothing to suggest the team will ever get healthy enough to make a real run. Holliday, who has been an above average regular since the end of April, even if he's still not playing at his usual level, would have no problem bringing back more than the A's could get if they held on to him and let him go for draft picks at season end. San Francisco makes more sense as a possible destination with every victory and every Fred Lewis strikeout.
Ryan Spilborghs (Rockies) - Ideally, the Rockies would have been able to do something with Spilborghs before they turned him into a fifth outfielder. As an adequate center fielder and a plus corner outfielder with a career OPS of 823 and a salary barely above the minimum, he'd come in handy just about anywhere. The Cardinals, in particular, could use someone with his ability to hit southpaws.
Jeff Francoeur (Braves) - The Braves still might have had a shot at getting a prospect for Francoeur a month ago. Now they'd be lucky just to find someone to take his salary without having to accept a similar contract back. Interestingly, he's gone from posting a 23/1 K/BB ratio in May to a 6/7 this month, but he's remained just as useless.
Cody Ross (Marlins) - Ross is pretty similar to Spilborghs, but his home run power will likely make him more expensive to acquire. A career .249/.305/.436 hitter against righties, he still makes a lot more sense as a fourth outfielder than as a regular. However, he has been terrific for the Marlins over the last two months. That he'll likely double his current $2.25 million salary next year is the main reason he could be put on the market.
Josh Willingham (Nationals) - Willingham's incredible nine-homer, 13-RBI season to date is worthy of its own post, but while he has been a huge failure hitting with men on base this year, it's not a career-long trend. Willingham doesn't offer a whole lot on defense and his history of back troubles would make him a poor choice for a long-term contract, but he's a legitimate 25-homer guy and he hits righties better than alternatives like Spilborghs and Ross. He'd be a great fit for Minnesota's lineup.
Eric Hinske (Pirates) - He's been a fairly valuable player off the bench, but Hinske never made a lot of sense for a Pirates team that opened the season with fellow left-handed hitters at all three outfield spots and at first base. He'll probably be cashed in for a prospect before the deadline. The Mets and Tigers could both use the extra left-handed bat.
Jeremy Hermida (Marlins) - It's the story of Hermida's career: he had 11 hits, three of them homers, in a five-game stretch from June 9-13, only to go hitless in five games since. There are still plenty of teams intrigued by Hermida's talent, and the Marlins could improve their defense by going back to Cameron Maybin in center and shifting Ross to right field. Still, his trade value should be just as high in November as it is now, making it more likely that he'll stay.
Jermaine Dye (White Sox) - While the White Sox still look like potential buyers right now, they might turn into sellers before the deadline. If that's the case, Dye would be the most obvious candidate to go. He's been their best player with a .264/.339/.514 line, and the $12 million mutual option on his contract might not satisfy either party for 2010.
Jake Fox (Cubs) - Fox isn't going to bring a whole lot in return, but the soon-to-be 27-year-old former catcher deserves more of an opportunity that the Cubs can give him after hitting .409/.495/.841 with 17 homers in 45 games for Triple-A Iowa this season.
Delmon Young (Twins) - Minnesota is very much in the hunt for the AL Central, yet Young remains a big liability while hitting for no power at all and striking out 11 times as often as he walks. The Twins can't glue him to the bench or send him down, so they may be better off moving him while there are still teams out there that may think they can turn him around. The Nationals, Padres and Pirates are among the clubs that would have to take hard looks at Young's upside if he became available.