4 MLB Players Who Could Be Traded This Offseason – BaseballMonday, November 16, 2015 8:00
Just who is on Major League Baseball’s offseason trading block?
4 MLB Players Who Could Be Traded This Offseason
With no baseball to watch, winter can be a long and dreary season. Thank goodness that we have offseason moves to spice things up. Major League Baseball’s 30 teams may be dormant, but they’re not static: some of these squads will change forever in the time that they spend off the field. There are plenty of opportunities for blockbuster trades this season. So which stars could be changing teams? Here are four huge possibilities.
SS Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
The Cubs would probably be willing to part with one of their middle-infield talents, because they have plenty of them. Starlin Castro is an option, too, but the Baez would make a bigger splash and net the Cubs a better return. The market at shortstop is thin, which could force teams that need an upgrade at that position to look past free agency and toward the trade market – where the Cubs will be waiting, eying a big return. They’ll probably want pitching. You know which team has a lot of pitching and could really use a shortstop? None other than the Cubs’ NLCS opponent, the New York Mets.
LF Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
How quiet will the Yankees be this offseason? It’s a legitimate question: the Yankees relied a lot on aging stars last year, and it’s fair to wonder if they consider themselves contenders in 2016. They could go for it by adding a big free agent or two, or they could try to get younger by trading for prospects. They could even do some combination of the two. If they’re active, Brett Gardner could easily be one of the chips they move. Some of the most appealing (and youngest) free agents this year are outfielders, and the Yankees will need to make room if they sign one. Jacoby Ellsbury is too overpaid to be tradeable, so Gardner will probably be the one that gets moved.
OF Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Andrew Friedman is entering his second offseason as President of Baseball Operations in Los Angeles. Will he shake things up as much as he did last season, when he parted ways Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, and other big-time names? If he does, Yasiel Puig could be the one going out the door. Puig is a remarkable talent, but he’s been a thorn in the side of the Dodgers at times. Friedman has already indicated that Puig and his fellow outfielders will have to compete for their starting spots in Spring Training. Maybe one of them will get moved to eliminate that necessity.
SP Zach Wheeler, New York Mets
The Mets rode their superior starting pitching all the way to the World Series last year, only to be undone by their offense and defense. They’ll look to upgrade at a few positions this year, and trading their young pitchers is probably the surest way to do it. But the Mets have made it clear that they won’t part with ace Matt Harvey or, most likely, any of the other guys who helped get them to the National League Pennant last year. That leaves Wheeler, who the Mets have tried to trade before (he was part of the botched deal that would have landed Carlos Gomez). Another reason this makes sense: Wheeler will be on an innings count coming off of Tommy John surgery, which may not fit well with the Mets, who are definitely going to be in win-now mode.
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