Baseball season is in full swing and many teams have come out of the gates hungry, while others are just stumbling through preparing to sell at the trade deadline. With teams needing to stock up to contend it is time to start speculating on the early MLB trade candidates. Gear up for wild summer, baseball fans.
Early MLB Trade Candidates
It is no secret the Colorado Rockies are ready to completely rebuild, they have already traded away star third baseman Nolan Arenado. Now is the time to ship out their slugging shortstop Trevor Story. Story could very well be the biggest fish in the trade pound this summer, with a career average of .277 and 138 home runs. Shortstops like Story do not hit the market often, suspect teams ready to make a deep playoff run spend a premium for the Rockies slugger.
Potential suitors: Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Sticking with the selling Colorado Rockies, pitcher Jon Gray makes for an interesting MLB trade candidate. Through his first eight games, Gray has pitched 46 innings, compiling a 2.93 ERA, with 44 strikeouts. If Gray can keep his number around how he started the Rockies have a shot to find a contender to pay for his services, but the downside to Gray is he is a one-season rental. With that, which teams can use an end of the rotation arm such as Gray?
Potential Suitors: Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, and Atlanta Braves.
No surprise here. The Cubs star third baseman and the soon-to-be free agent will spend his summer surrounded by trade rumors. It is unclear if the Cubs have any interest in trading Kris Bryant, being a bubble team makes their decision even tougher. Although if the Cubs feel like they are not within reach of contention this season and Kris Bryant wants to test the market he is one of many MLB trade candidates. Bryant being able to play third base or left field opens the door for many playoff hopefuls to sweep up the former MVP and take a stab at October.
Potential Suitors: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Although Kyle Seager has been a cornerstone of the Mariners for the past 11 seasons 2021 will likely be his last season in Seattle. Seager has a $22 million club option and season end and will be one of the top third baseman MLB trade candidates come July. For any team that misses out on Kris Bryant, Seager could very well be a fallback option.
Potential Suitors: New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Minnesota Twins have started 2021 rough, dropping 23 of their first 35 games. Although it is early in the season if they do not turn things around designated hitter Nelson Cruz would be another MLB trade Candidate. Cruz is usually good for 40 plus home runs, but Cruz is just a designated hitter limiting the Twins options for a potential deal.
Potential Suitors: Oakland A’s, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians
Joey Gallo could be the most interesting of all MLB trade candidates. The Texas Rangers slugger is oozing with power. The Rangers are nowhere near contending and Gallo could be a piece to speed up their rebuild. Although Gallo is on a very team friend six-million-dollar deal and still has one more year of arbitration the Rangers would be fine holding onto the slugging right fielder.
Potential suitors: Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies
Wait, what? Yes, Max Scherzer could be available at the trade deadline. With the Washington Nationals struggling they could write off their season and ship out their ace, which would make Scherzer the most surprising of all MLB trade candidates. Crazy things happen and when a team that is supposed to contend disappoints like the Nationals have things have to change. Although Scherzer is getting older he can still be a power player come October and should have many teams lining up for his services.
Potential Suitors: St Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and every other playoff team.
MLB Trade Candidates Recap
With many MLB trade candidates around the league listed is just a few. The most likely names to move this summer would Trevor Story, Jon Gray, and Kyle Seager. Although, crazy things happen in the summer. Fans can prepare for the heartbreak of losing their favorite players or in turn seeing their teams kick start the rebuilds. Just kick back and enjoy the sun and baseball.
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