Here is the best trading chip for each team
The Hot Stove will be blazing with the free agent talking all winter, but GMs will also be heading to the commercial market as they try to adjust their 2023 rosters.
The objectives of these executives will vary; Some will be looking to get rid of the payroll, while others will be looking for answers to their club’s problem areas. Either way, the end result will be some deals that help reshape the baseball landscape.
Blue Jays: Danny Jansen
Jansen has come to power this year (15 home runs, 0.855 OPS) and can run the shooting crew well, but deep within the Blue Jays – Alejandro Kirk made the All-Star, while former prospective club player, Gabriel Moreno, made his debut In the league in June – coupled with a dearth of league catches could make Janssen an attractive trading chip.
Orioles: Anthony Santander
Baltimore might be looking to tackle a manageable starting pitcher — perhaps Pablo Lopez? – which may require separation from potential clients such as Colton Kauser, Conor Norby or Kobe Mayo. But Santander, who is entering the third of four years of his eligibility to arbitrate, can also be used for such a trade (or a smaller deal).
Rice: Ji Man Choi
Choi earned $3.2 million in his second year of refereeing, and while he was enjoying a mid-range 2022 season, the 31-year-old should be valuable to other teams at a reasonable price. Choi has a base ratio of 0.349 for the past five years and can be considered a solid platoon choice.
Red Sox: Raphael Devers
With Xander Bogaerts cancelled, the door is open for the Red Sox to sign Devers to a nine-figure supplement. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on a deal, Boston could look to trade the third baseman with one year left before he becomes a free agent rather than risk him next winter with only the draft pick offset to show him.
Yankees: Aaron Hicks
Hicks lost his day job this season, and while he’s out for a year, his contract — which he owes about $30 million over the next three seasons — is reasonable. Other teams may view the 33-year-old as a candidate for a change of scenery, while the Yankees are unlikely to demand a significant return in any deal.
Guardians: Zach Plisack
Starting the show is still an area of depth for Guardians, who can make a trade or two in order to clear some roster space. Plesak is entering his judging years this winter, giving him three more years of control — a major selling point for potential suitors. Although 27-year-old Ayman has performed poorly over the past two seasons, he has shown the ability to succeed at this level and could benefit from a change of scenery.
Royal family: Michael A. Taylor
Taylor’s name was floated just before last summer’s trade deadline, but the quarterback could find himself on the move off the season with Kyle Isbel and Drew Waters ready to tackle day-to-day roles. Taylor has one year and $4.5 million left on his contract, the kind of contract any contender seeking outside help can handle.
Tigers: Gregory Soto
An All-Star star in each of the past two years, Soto has established himself as a reliable relative. Detroit has many areas to address as it looks to recover from a disappointing season, and with three years in control of the club, Soto will be very attractive to many contenders.
Twins: Max Kepler
Kepler will earn $8.5 million in 2023 and have a club option of $10 million for 2024, which is a player friendly deal. Kepler hasn’t come close to matching his 2019 production over the past three seasons, but new shift rules could help him moving forward. Possibility No. 5 Matt Wallner is ready to take charge in the right field, making Kepler unexpendable while the twins try to fill in other gaps on the roster.
White Sox: Lucas Giolito
It’s entirely possible that the White Sox will try to extend Giulito, who earned $7.45 million in 2022 and is entering his final year of arbitration before becoming a free agent next winter. The right-hander has had a subpar season by his standards, but his record since 2017 will be more than enough for a team to roll the dice at him for one season.
Angels: Joe Adele
GM Perry Minasian has stated publicly that he will not trade Shohei Ohtani this season, although the 2021 AL MVP will immediately become the most sought-after trade candidate if that changes. The Angels have a number of areas to address, and while Adell has struggled during his stints in the Majors, the 23-year-old could be a prime candidate for a changing scene for a team that still believes in the previous 10th overall pick. talent.
Astros: Forest Whiteley
The 2016 first-round pick still hasn’t made his league debut, having missed the whole of 2021 following Tommy John’s surgery. Once the jewel of the Astros farm system, Whitley still ranks 10th in Houston and is only 25 years old. It would come as no surprise that other clubs would be interested in Whiteley, hoping to unlock his full potential.
Athletics: Sean Murphy
Oakland has removed every veteran player on their roster over the past two years, making Murphy one of the few players left from the 2019-20 playoff teams. Murphy enters the arbitration process, giving the acquired club three years of control before free agency. The 2021 Golden Glove winner is one of the best defensive players in the game, so athletics should be able to bring back a nice package while unlocking the mission to catch Shea Langlers, who was their number one prospect before graduating to the tournament. The big leagues this season.
Sailors: Marco Gonzalez
Having locked up Luis Castillo on a long-term contract, Seattle has some depth of rotation with which to handle. The Mariners have been entertaining Gonzalez ahead of the trade deadline, and with Emerson Hancock likely joining second in the rotation in 2023, Gonzalez — who will earn $6.5 million in 2023 and $12 million in 2024 — will be strong in the middle. – Depth of rotation for many competing teams.
Rangers: Mitch Garver
Garver missed nearly three months after undergoing surgery to repair the flexor tendon, opening the door for Jonah Heim to take on fishing assignments in Texas. Heim doesn’t have the same offensive potential as Garver, but he is one of the best matchmakers in the game, bringing tremendous value behind the board. Garver earned $3.35 million in 2022 as he enters his final year of refereeing, making him a valuable asset for a team looking for a short-term solution.
Brave: Marcel Ozuna
With two years and $36 million left on his contract, Ozuna’s trading appears to be tough, especially after a mediocre season. But what if the Braves attach a prospect and pick up a piece of the knot – or take back the bad contract for another team – in order to clear the roster spot? With General Manager Alex Anthopoulos, anything is possible.
Marlins: Pablo Lopez
López has been a popular name in the mall this summer because the Marlins have an excess of merchandising with which to deal. Lopez earned $2.45 million in 2022 and is entering the second of three refereeing seasons, making him a controllable arm that teams crave. After publishing his third consecutive season with an ERA of under 4.00 while throwing 180 innings, Lopez should have a number of suitors if the Marlins make it possible.
Mets: Ronnie Mauricio
The Mets’ #1 prospect in 2020, Mauricio (currently #6 on the team, per MLB Pipeline) continues to be highly regarded by talent evaluators. The 21-year-old hit 26 and stole 20 bases in Double-A in 2022, but with Francisco Lindor signing until 31, Mauricio’s future will either be in a new position or with a new club.
Citizens: Luc Voigt
Voit has had a solid season with the Padres and Nationals, but Washington is going through a rebuilding process, so swapping out the batsman for two years of refereeing eligibility makes sense. Nats Joey Meneses have to play first base on a full-time basis, and the 31-year-old Voit has shown brute strength during his career and can be an impressive racket when given the opportunity.
Phyllis: Rhys Hoskins
The Phillies could make a big play for Trea Turner this season, which could mean moving Bryson Stott to third base and Alec Bohm to first base. Hoskins, who earned $7.7 million last season and is entering his final year of refereeing, will be a solid addition to the midfield of a number of lineups.
Brewers: Corbin Burns
Burns is one of five high-profile seniors entering their next year of refereeing, creating some interesting decisions for Milwaukee in the club’s desire to remain competitive for the long term. Just as The Brewers have done with Josh Hader this season, they will likely take in offers from Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Eric Lauer and Adrian Houser, all of whom are eligible for free agency after 2024. The Burnes will likely be out of Milwaukee’s price range in terms of extension and will return Quite a large amount, so although it will be tackled this winter off lock, brewers will likely consider all options.
Cardinals: Tyler O’Neill
O’Neal’s disappointing season has been rife with injury woes, and with Juan Ypez and Brendan Donovan both able to take on day roles – not to mention waiting for the highly anticipated Jordan Walker to be in the wings – there’s a belief that O’Neal could be on top of it. Way out of St. Louis. The 27-year-old earned $3.4 million in 2022 and two years left of refereeing eligibility.
Cubs: Ian Hap
It was somewhat of a surprise when Hub wasn’t dealt before the trade deadline, but with one year left until he becomes a free agent, the Cubs can look forward to his transfer this winter. Hap earned $6.85 million in 2022 and is entering his final year of refereeing, so barring an off-season extension, the defending player will likely start in ’23 in a new outfit.
Pirates: Brian Reynolds
Reynolds will continue to appear on this list until he is traded by pirates. Pittsburgh has been reluctant to engage with the 27-year-old until this point because he won’t be eligible for free agency until the end of the 2025 season. But those three years in control of the club would likely mean a huge comeback, giving GM Ben Sherrington something. It must be observed.
Reds: Joy Photo
Well, that might be a stretch, but the Reds have very few veterans to trade in unless the team wants to take a big opportunity with Mike Mustakas. Votto hopes to be ready for spring training after shoulder surgery, and while it’s unlikely he’ll ask for a deal in the final year of his $225 million 10-year deal, the six-time All-Star may want a chance to play for a rival once again.
D- Back: Jake McCarthy
With a large number of young defensive players, the D linebacker has a strength zone in which they can handle this off-season. Arizona has a long list of needs, so while any defensive player can be used as commercial bait, McCarthy — who hit eight home runs with 43 base RBIs, 23 base steals and 0.769 OPS in 99 games this season — is the only person in the group. which is not much appreciated.
The Dodgers: Cody Bellinger
Since winning the NL MVP award in 2019 to cap off a brilliant start to three years in his career, Bellinger’s performance has plummeted. He has 29 home runs, 104 RBIs and 0.611 OPS in 239 games since the start of 2021, and after earning $17 million in 2022, he should get a small raise in his final year of judging before hitting free agency. A change of scenery could benefit the 27-year-old.
Giants: Mike Jastrzemsky
Yastrzemski’s 2022 splits suggest he’d be better served as the left half of the platoon (.737 OPS vs. RHP, .575 OPS vs. LHP), and his ability to play across the field offers versatility. With three years remaining in control of the club, the 32-year-old brings in a reasonable salary as he enters the second of four years of his eligibility to referee.
Padres: Luis Camposano
A second-place finisher in San Diego a year ago, Campusano has seen limited time in major competitions in each of the past three seasons. He’s plotting as a strong daily leader, but the 24-year-old’s skills are still raw enough that he might not quite mesh with the Padres’ approach to winning now. If GM AJ Preller is looking to make a move this winter for a big paddle or pitcher, Campusano could be the cornerstone of such a trade.
Rocky: CJ Crohn
Cron had success in Colorado, publishing two productive seasons in a row with the Rockies. He increased his home run and RBI totals in 2022, despite his low base percentages and sluggish percentages for both. Entering the final year of his $14.5 million deal, the 32-year-old Cron is an affordable power racket that can boost a number of formations.
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