The Hot Stove is always on, and as we head into the new MLB season we have already seen a blockbuster trade. Mookie Betts and David Price are headed to the Dodgers. Joc Pederson and Kenta Maeda are also on their way out of town. Below we have the latest trade rumors from around the baseball world, and what could shake out if a trade goes down.
Team: Colorado Rockies
Rumored Trade Partners: St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs
Lineups Analysis: Nolan Arenado had a falling out with the Colorado organization, and it is never going to do any good for the return value when this gets made public. Most teams will be interested in Arenado’s services, as he is one of the best defenders in the game, but does see a dip as most Rockies bats do when outside of Coors. Taking away 81 games in Colorado would be interesting for where his value would go.
Team: Chicago Cubs
Rumored Trade Partners: Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies
Lineups Analysis: After losing his grievance for service time, Kris Bryant is in a bit of a limbo with Chicago. Philadelphia and Atlanta have kept a close eye on Bryant as they both have needs at the hot corner. The Braves seem the most interested, but there are rumors that Colorado floated around a trade with Chicago that involved Arenado. The fizzling relationship seems like it will cost the Cubs one of the top third basemen in the game.
Team: Cleveland Indians
Rumored Trade Partners: Cincinnati Reds
Lineups Analysis: The noise around a Francisco Lindor trade has quieted down a bit. Cincinnati was interested, but that doesn’t seem to be the case now. Lindor has expressed the desire for a monster contract, but also has talked about remaining in Cleveland. It will come down to these greedy owners not emptying their wallets, and if the Indians do not intend to pay Lindor, his name will be on the market again.
2020 Notable Contract Year Players
- Giancarlo Stanton (Player Option)
- Masahiro Tanaka
- J.D. Martinez
- George Springer
- Marcell Ozuna
- Trevor Bauer
- Michael Brantley
- Justin Turner
- Nick Castellanos (Player Option)
- Nelson Cruz
- Marcus Semien
- James Paxton
- D.J. LeMahieu
- Marcus Stroman
- Jackie Bradley Jr.
- Ken Giles
- Robbie Ray
- Mike Minor