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3 NL All-Stars Who Could Be Traded by the Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12:  Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals hits a solo home run in the eighth inning during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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The NL All-Star team is loaded and full of top-tier players on the best clubs in the Senior Circuit. Most teams don't want to unload players of this caliber, but when they take an honest look at their situation, you could see a scenario where some of these All-Stars are wearing different uniforms come the deadline.

So, here's a look at three NL All-Stars who could be traded by the deadline.

3. LHP Will Smith, San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 06: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at AT&T Park on July 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants | Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Of anyone on the NL All-Star team, San Francisco Giants left-handed reliever Will Smith will almost certainly be traded. He's having a career year on a last-place team that could take several steps back and retool. Contenders need arms and Smith has been one of the top closers in the game this year, posting a 2.16 ERA with 21 saves.

2. 3B Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Philadelphia Phillies in game one of a double header at Nationals Park on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals - Game One | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals have been playing better ball lately and they are now above .500, but they are still seven games back in the division. With Anthony Rendon becoming a free agent at season's end, they have to seriously consider moving him at the deadline if they don't think they can re-sign him. GM Mike Rizzo doesn't like to sell, but we are less than a month away from the deadline and the Nats are still a mediocre ball club.

1. RHP Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 24:  Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The D-Backs have exceeded expectations in the first year following the trade of Paul Goldschmidt this offseason, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't retool their team and farm system with young talent. They aren't going to win the division and they have a punchers chance at the Wild Card. So, why would they pay Zack Greinke the top yearly salary in the game if they can't win big? It will be difficult because of the money, but Greinke is still a frontline pitcher that could headline a postseason rotation.