I'll do a team by team rundown of the next four worse teams later, but here are what the 4 worst MLB teams by record may try to unload this deadline or winter as salary dumps or as players than hold enough value to trade for good prospects that will improve their long term outlook. These teams will be looking for prospects:
39-57 Texas- Nolan Ryan must have seen the writing on wall.
Beltre (35) $18M for '15 & Voidable option $16M for '16. Beltre is too old to extend, so if we are interested in bringing him back, I wouldn't give up prospects for what we can get this winter with no prospects.
A. Rios (33) $13.5M club option for '15 ($1M buyout) I'm not interested as a player to give up prospects for.
40-57 Houston- The 2017 SI Champs.
J Castro 2 arb years left (made $2.45M this year) Rumors down here are that Astros management like their catchers on the farm and may be interested in trading Castro.
40-56 Colorado- perhaps the team with the most to give us, but it's hard to gauge the park factor involved with some player's numbers.
Tulowitzki (29) $20M for '18 to '19, then $14M for '20 with a club option for '21 at $15M ($4M buyout). A big splash megastar. I'd like to have him on the Sox, but wonder how much of his numbers are padded by playing in Colorado. I also think he cost a lot in prospects.
C Gonzalez (28) $16M, $17M, & $20M the next 3 years. the .988 Home/.758 Road OPS splits worry too much to give a lot for C-Gon.
Cuddyer (35) is a FA after this year, but may agree to extend as part of a deal. I've always liked this guy, but injuries and age are big factors in choosing to trade for and sign an extension. More likely, we may try and sign him this winter.
40-55 Chicago Cubs
J Hammel (31) will be a FA after this year and will probably be traded somewhere. I'm not impressed enough to give good prospects for this guy.
Did I miss any possible trade options from those 4 teams?
Stay tuned for the next worse 4...