Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesThe MLB non-waiver trade deadline of Tues
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day at 4 p.m. ET is rapidly approaching Keith Hernandez Jersey , but there won't be any players left on the trading block at the rate they are being dealt.On Thursday, Toronto Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ became a New York Yankee, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels traveled north to the Chicago Cubs (per Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News), reliever Jonny Venters went from Tampa Bay to Atlanta and Chicago White Sox closer Joakim Soria joined the Milwaukee Brewers.Rumors continue to fly fast for others on the block, and here's a look at some news on three notable position players. Asdrubal CabreraNew York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had a monster night at the dish on Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in a 12-6 win over the scorching-hot Pittsburgh Pirates.That output left him with 18 home runs, 58 RBI and a .817 OPS after 98 games played this season. With the New York Mets sitting 14 games under .500, it's in their best interest to deal Cabrera while his stock is high.Per Buster Olney of ESPN, the Arizona Diamondbacks could be interested:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNArizona checking into Asdrubal Cabrera, as it evaluates infield optionsThe D-backs are fighting to keep pace with the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who sit 1.5 games ahead of Arizona in the division standings. From a long-term perspective, L.A. clearly has the edge after acquiring shortstop and four-time All-Star Manny Machado. Arizona has to make some plays before the deadline to try to keep pace, and acquiring Cabrera would certainly help.Through Thursday, Arizona had just the 23rd-ranked OPS in the bigs (.705). Cabrera would certainly boost the offense down the stretch run. Mike MoustakasLike Cabrera, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a prominent hitter on a team playing out the string. The Royals sit in last place in the American League Central and need to undergo a significant rebuilding process. That may mean trading away Moustakas, who was a key member of the 2015 World Series team.Per Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the New York Yankees could be in the mix:Jon Heyman JonHeymanYankees have considered Mike Moustakas. See the asking price as high for now.Moustakas is hitting the cover off the ball this year, smacking 20 home runs to go along with a .778 OPS. The problem is that Moose isn't a great fit for the Yankees http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , who have one of the deepest lineups in baseball.Miguel Andujar (12 home runs, 41 RBI, .826 OPS) has done an excellent job at third, Moustakas' regular position.The Royals slugger could conceivably play first base or moonlight at designated hitter, but first baseman Greg Bird is rounding into form after an injury-plagued start (.800 OPS in July), and DH is always rotated between other Yankees' sluggers such as Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge.Granted, Sanchez and Judge are both on disabled list stints right now, but where would Moustakas fit when that duo comes back before the playoffs?Ultimately, acquiring Moustakas would almost seem like an unnecessary luxury. He'd be better off on a team that needs to fill a gap at the hot corner.Adam JonesThe Baltimore Orioles have traded Manny Machado and Zach Britton, and now the next player to go might be center fielder Adam Jones, a five-time All-Star who has been with the O's since 2008.Per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, "one source familiar with the discussions said the odds are "55-45" that Jones changes teams between now and Tuesday's deadline." He also noted that "as multiple outlets have reported, theCleveland IndiansandPhiladelphia Philliesboth have interest in Jones."Jones is having a respectable season at the plate, swatting 10 home runs, knocking in 38 runners and posting a .724 OPS. On the flip side, he is having his worst season in the field (-1.2 defensive WAR, per Baseball Reference).Still Willie McGee Jersey , Jones would be a valuable pickup for a playoff-contending team. Of note, Cleveland seems like the obvious landing spot, so much so that it would be surprising if Jones doesn't land there should he get dealt.Michael Brantley, who has 12 homers, 57 RBI and an .823 OPS this year, has been the only consistent mainstay for the Tribe outfield this year. Elsewhere, the team has been beset by numerous injuries and hitting slumps. Jones can come in and lock down center field as the team prepares for the playoffs. The Machado-Harper rumors have mostly centered on perennial big spenders (the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees) and up-and-coming clubs with payroll to burn (the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies). The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs also seem like plausible landing spots for Harper.You could toss in every other contender, at least in theory. But the Padres? Come on.We're talking about a franchise that hasn't enjoyed a winning season since 2010 and hasn't qualified for the postseason since 2006. In no way do the Padres sound like players for the winter's glitziest stars.But in a world where a pair of superstars entering their age-26 seasons are languishing unsigned in late January, anything is possible.Consider: Last offseason, the Padres signed first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract. It didn't work out especially well, as Hosmer underperformed on offense and defense and postedminus-0.1 WAR, according to FanGraphs' calculation.San Diego might be hesitant to make more big-money investments. On the other hand, it plays in a relatively soft division and could be ready for a dramatic move.The Dodgers are the toast of the National League West on the heels of two consecutive National League pennants, but they haven't made any seismic signings this winter after extending ace Clayton Kershaw.The Colorado Rockies are looking to build on two straight wild-card berths but haven't noticeably bolstered their roster.The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants are stuck between rebuilding and retooling and don't figure to be especially dangerous.That leaves an opening for the Padres to blossom ahead of schedule behind a farm system Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter ranked No. 1 in baseball. Take burgeoning studs such as infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. and left-hander MacKenzie Gore, add an established star, and stir.Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesInking Harper or Machado wouldn't make the Padres champions overnight. Guys like Tatis and Gore are likely a year or more away. San Diego needs to allow its young players to mature before they can contribute.But in this slow-developing free-agent market, the Friars could swoop in and change the game鈥攓uite literally.As recently as 2015 Red Schoendienst Jersey , Padres general manager A.J. Preller added expensive players such as Craig Kimbrel and Matt Kemp in the hopes of contending. Once that blueprint fizzled, San Diego went lean at the big league level while adding MiLB chips.Is this the moment to go all-in?It might be, after the Padres refinanced their debt and opened up the option of looser purse strings, as Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.The Padres are an under-the-radar outfit. They don't boast a long history of winning (two pennants and zero titles) nor do they play in a big-time market.That said, the weather in San Diego is amazing, and any player who signed there could put the franchise on the map. Imagine, for example, helping the Yankees win championship No. 28 versus helping the Padres win championship No. 1.There's glory in both, but hoisting the first Commissioner's Trophy in Padres history would arguably be more notable.Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesHarper seems destined for a massive market with his brash personality and "make baseball fun again" antics. Machado, likewise, ought to play for a club with title aspirations.Harper has compiled30.7 WARnext to Machado's30.2as a big leaguer, per FanGraphs. Even if you don't adore wins above replacement as a stat, that's undeniably good.The Padres aren't the favorites to sign either or both stars, but San Diego's credible entrance into the Harper-Machado sweepstakes injects an alluring who-can-say curveball.Will the Pads ink one or both of the best available free agents?Maybe not. But...maybe? All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.