MLB front offices have more executives and brainpower than ever before, an industry filled with innovative, outside-the-box deal-makers who are constantly working on trades to improve their clubs, and as long as there aren’t restrictions from above, these executivess are not afraid to move the game’s biggest names or top prospects.
With this year’s free-agent class being so weak, teams have been focusing on trades more than usual, and even the names of superstars are being floated. In fact, it seems right now that just about every player in the game is movable. Fasten your seat belt; this could be a wild offseason.
Here are 19 big-name players whom I’ve already heard teams are having trade conversations about or have inquired about:
Cabrera is guaranteed approximately $30 million per year through 2023 — he’ll turn 40 in April of that year — with options in 2024 and 2025 that would vest if he finishes in the top 10 in MVP voting the prior year. Cabrera is still one of the best hitters in the game, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to do what David Ortiz did into his later years, which is dominate offensively. Cabrera, an 11-time All-Star, probably would be best served if he were traded to another American League team so he could DH at the back end of his contract. The Tigers would like to get younger and increase their future payroll flexibility, so listening on Cabrera makes sense, especially if they could get back a strong prospect package that included three elite prospects.
He’d be a game-changer for the Astros, who have enough to land him, and keep in mind Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski already has acquired Cabrera twice in his career.
Possible destinations: Astros, Red Sox, Rangers, Dodgers