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Major League Baseball’s winter conferences have actually come and gone, and left a handful of oh-so-juicy trade rumors in their wake.
We could not assist but take a few and keep up them.
With help from reports that occurred during last week’s virtual conferences, we’ve pictured 10 trades that would be both a win for the buying group and for the selling group. Essentially, ones in which the previous gets a star (or two) and the latter gets payroll relief and up-and-coming players to build around.
We’ll count down to the one we want to see the most.
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Though all eyes are on which stars the New york city Mets might include this winter season, there’s a possibility that they may deduct left-hander Steven Matz.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets connected to the Toronto Blue Jays to “assess their interest” in Matz prior to signing the 29- year-old to a $ 5.2 million offer for2021 The Mets could constantly return to shopping Matz, who may gain from a modification of scenery after tumbling with a 9.68 ERA in 2020.
One thing Matz still had going for him in 2020 was a changeup with above-average horizontal and vertical action. The San Diego Padres might like a more detailed take a look at it, as they currently have two men in their rotation (Chris Paddack and Zach Davies) who use deadly changeups.
In between Matz’s low worth and looming complimentary company after 2021, the Padres could probably get him for among their lesser prospects. The Mets may opt for right-hander David Bednar, who has the fastball to be a shutdown reliever one day.
The Offer: Padres get LHP Steven Matz; Mets get RHP David Bednar
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Musgrove, 28, just made 8 starts in 2020 yet impressed by striking out 55 batters in 39.2 innings. Frazier, 29, boasts a strong.774 OPS versus right-handers and the capability to serve as an everyday second baseman or an energy male. Both players are controlled through 2022.
Musgrove and Frazier will likely be moved individually, but the Philadelphia Phillies might make a play for both of them. Musgrove would fit well after Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler in their rotation, while Frazier might platoon with Scott Kingery at 2nd base.
The Pirates wouldn’t have any hope of spying right-hander Spencer Howard from Philadelphia. However they might get 21- year-old righty Francisco Morales, who ranks as our No. 94 possibility, plus another appealing pitching possibility. Possibly 22- year-old lefty Erik Miller, who has a nasty slider.
The Deal: Phillies get RHP Joe Musgrove and 2B Adam Frazier; Pirates get RHP Francisco Morales and LHP Erik Miller
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Speaking of the Pirates, a rumor that had everybody buzzing recently was the one connecting the Yankees to very first baseman Josh Bell and right-hander Jameson Taillon.
It came from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who was notably not sure of the “ severity or scope” of the talks between the 2 groups. It’s similarly significant that neither Bell, who had a terrible 2020 season, nor Taillon, who had his 2nd Tommy John surgery in 2019, has much value today.
Then again, they are undoubtedly intriguing buy-low prospects. Bell cranked out 37 home runs in an All-Star project in2019 Taillon pitched to a 3.20 AGE over 191 innings as just recently as2018 And like Musgrove and Frazier, both are managed through 2022.
The Yankees might base a traded around Miguel Andujar, who’s become a buy-low target in his own right considering that completing 2nd in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in2018 The Yankees may likewise add 23- year-old center fielder Estevan Florial, who was thought about a leading prospect as recently as 2019.
The Offer: Yankees get 1B Josh Bell and RHP James Taillon; Pirates get 3B Miguel Andujar and CF Estevan Florial
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However even after the Phillies hired Dave Dombrowski to run their front office, there may still be a non-zero possibility of them moving Wheeler. Because he enhanced his value with a 2.92 AGE in 2020, they might potentially clear a bunch of payroll space by unloading all of the $965 million he’s owed through 2024.
Lots of teams need starting pitching, however the ones that can likewise pay for Wheeler fit on a shorter list. Maybe the most interesting group on said list is the Los Angeles Angels. They require a top-of-the-rotation starter, and a trade for Wheeler would possibly bring less threat than a megadeal with free-agent ace Trevor Bauer.
In exchange, the Phillies could push for 22- year-old outfielder Brandon Marsh. He’s the Angels’ leading prospect and our No. 83 skill overall, he’s searching for at Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Jo Adell in Anaheim. A lesser pitching possibility such as Oliver Ortega might be enough to finish the deal.
The Deal: Angels get RHP Zack Wheeler; Phillies get OF Brandon Marsh and RHP Oliver Ortega
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2 winter seasons after trading for and consequently extending Sonny Gray, the Cincinnati Reds might be prepared to move on from the ace right-hander.
Rosenthal reported in late November that the Reds are open to offers for Gray, and Heyman heard more just recently that “numerous groups” are in on him. Not exactly surprising, considered that the 31- year-old has pitched to a 3.07 ERA since 2019 and is owed just $204 million through 2022.
One of the more interesting possibilities for Gray is the Minnesota Twins. Making a splash in their rotation would be an excellent counter for the Chicago White Sox’s acquisition of Lance Lynn. And after tossing just 258 percent four-seamers in 2020, Gray would fit well in a Twins staff that has little usage for that pitch.
In exchange for Gray, the Reds might angle for 21- year-old shortstop Royce Lewis, who we have ranked as MLB’s No. 16 total possibility. That would require them to sweeten the deal, maybe with 26- year-old slugging outfielder Aristides Aquino.
The Offer: Twins get RHP Sonny Gray and OF Aristides Aquino; Reds get SS Royce Lewis
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Additionally, the Reds could put the entirety of their focus on the trade market into acquiring a surer thing at shortstop.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Reds do certainly wish to go huge at shortstop and have actually specifically thought about Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story. Due to the fact that both are due free of charge firm next winter, trading for either one would be a case of the Reds going all-in on 2021.
If so, possibly they’ll pull a fast one and trade for Carlos Correa instead. He’s yet another All-Star shortstop who’s due for free company after the ’21 season. He’s likewise reasonably cost effective, as MLB Trade Rumors tasks him for an optimal wage of $102 million by means of arbitration.
Correa’s name appeared in trade whispers in November, and Houston Astros basic manager James Click didn’t state recently that the 26- year-old is not available. From the Reds, the Astros might go for 25- year-old previous top prospect Nick Senzel and one of Cincinnati’s spin rate standouts, such as Tejay Antone.
The Offer: Reds get SS Carlos Correa; Astros get INF/OF Nick Senzel and RHP Tejay Antone
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The Tampa Bay Rays undoubtedly don’t wish to trade Blake Snell. However like James Shields and David Price prior to him, the ace lefty might be displaced of town by the club’s ever-present financial difficulties.
The 28- year-old gets it, informing Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he’s ready to be traded “whenever that point is.” In Rosenthal’s words, the Rays will proceed by “daring some group to meet it and hesitantly agreeing to a deal if the deal matches or exceeds their desired threshold.”
Possibly the Los Angeles Dodgers will occur with such a deal for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner. They could use another starter, and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman initially prepared Snell when he was Tampa Bay’s GM in 2011.
Because Snell is signed through 2023 for just $408 million, the Dodgers would have to at least start a deal with hard-throwing righty Dustin May and catching possibility Keibert Ruiz. To top things off, an upside play like previous top possibility Mitch White might work.
The Offer: Dodgers get LHP Blake Snell; Rays get RHP Dustin Might, C Keibert Ruiz and RHP Mitch White
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If not Snell, the Dodgers might aggressively pursue a trade for Nolan Arenado.
Fat opportunity. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, there’s a “realistic possibility” of the Colorado Rockies trading Arenado this winter. Team owner Dick Monfort is “extremely hesitant” to deal the five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glover within the National League West.
Outside the NL West, few teams need Arenado like the Washington Nationals. They lost both a star 3rd baseman and an elite right-handed player when Anthony Rendon strolled as a totally free representative last winter. Provided that he recovers from the left shoulder injury that sunk his worth in 2020, Arenado can fill those shoes.
Arenado is owed $199 million through 2026, and his deal includes both a no-trade clause and an opt-out after2021 The Rockies might however be able to swing him for both Washington’s former No. 1 prospect (3rd baseman Carter Kieboom) and present No. 1 possibility (right-hander Jackson Rutledge).
The Deal: Nationals get 3B Nolan Arenado; Nationals get 3B Carter Kieboom and RHP Jackson Rutledge
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If not Arenado, the Rockies might look to move Story rather.
Though the previous is a larger star, the latter is a two-time All-Star in his own right and his trade value isn’t nearly as nebulous. The 28- year-old is coming off a generally excellent season marked by an.874 OPS and 2.4 rWAR, and he’ll make an affordable $185 million in his last season before free firm in 2021.
Per Nick Groke and Eno Sarris of The Athletic, Story “seems to be readily available.” The Yankees must keep that in mind, as they might move Gleyber Torres back to second base and look for a new shortstop if they lose DJ LeMahieu– which, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, could take place if the two sides do not close a $25 million space in settlements.
The Yankees may be able to get the Rockies’ attention if they hung Andujar, but they ‘d surely have to add more to get something done. Attaching right-hander Clarke Schmidt, who’s our No. 53 prospect, to the offer could be enough “more” for the Rockies.
The Offer: Yankees get SS Trevor Story; Rockies get 3B Miguel Andujar and RHP Clarke Schmidt
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Far More so than Correa or Story, Lindor is the most likely member of the post-2021 class of free-agent shortstops to be moved in a trade this winter.
According to Olney, it now appears “inescapable” that Cleveland will trade its four-time All-Star shortstop. He might make as much as $215 million by means of arbitration in 2021, which is a bit much by Cleveland’s requirements. What’s more, the odds of the 27- year-old signing an extension seem someplace between “slim” and “none.”
Though they have Bo Bichette at shortstop, heaven Jays have typically been pointed out as a potential suitable for Lindor. Cleveland likewise likes the concept of dealing Lindor to Toronto, according to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com– particularly if it can get 27- year-old left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. back in return.
Gurriel’s OPS has gotten higher every year, and he isn’t eligible free of charge agency until after2024 A one-for-one swap would for that reason prefer Cleveland, however it may stabilize things out by product packaging Lindor with an MLB-ready pitching prospect such as southpaw Scott Moss.
The Deal: Blue Jays get SS Francisco Lindor; Cleveland gets LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and LHP Scott Moss