Team: Miami Marlins
Rumored Trade Partners: Dodgers, Astros, Braves
After the fire sale last year, J.T. Realmuto was not one of the names moved out of Miami. He demanded a trade, and Miami is holding for the right return, which is odd given what they received for Yelich, Stanton, and Ozuna. The Dodgers seem to be the most likely destination for Realmuto after losing Yasmani Grandal to free agency. They also have the young prospects still to part ways with, and also stand the best chance to re-sign him after his contract is up. Realmuto is a solid offensive catcher, who also has some speed for being behind the dish. However, I find it odd that teams are willing to throw top end prospects for a 28-year-old catcher with one year left on his contract. If you have excess prospects and cash it makes sense, but there were better options on the market that didn’t make teams pony up some prospects.
Team: San Francisco Giants
Rumored Trade Partners: Brewers, Phillies, Padres
Injuries have derailed Madison Bumgarner’s last two seasons, as he has started 21 and 17 games. He will be 30 this season, which fits in with the Giants aging team roster, but they are in dire need of starting over and trying to get prospects. The farm system for San Francisco has been bottom ten for the last decade. They still have pieces like Brandon Belt and Buster Posey, but overall this is an old team and they need to starting moving forward. Every position is a need, and selling Madison Bumgarner is the way to go. Milwaukee seems to be the most interested, but Philadelphia and San Diego are in the market for starting pitching as well. Bumgarner’s numbers the last two season are a little bit depleted, and it might have something to do with the injuries.
Team: Cleveland Indians
Rumored Trade Partners: Padres, Reds, Dodgers
By far the biggest name rumored is Corey Kluber, and Cleveland is in a weird spot. They lost a few bullpen arms, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, and Michael Brantley. Because the AL Central is all rebuilding, Cleveland still has core pieces, but their young arms are moving up quickly and are locked down for years to come. Moving Kluber would be a terrific haul in young talent, and they would still be competitive. San Diego is in the market for starting pitcher, and they are trying to get ready for a postseason run in a few years.
Team: Detroit Tigers
Rumored Trade Partners: None
This rumor is more breaking news, as Nicholas Castellanos told the Tigers he would prefer a trade before Spring Training starts. Castellanos is the most established hitter in Detroit right now, well outside of Miguel Cabrera who is tied up with a huge contract and dealing with injuries. Despite a bad team around him, Castellanos had a .298/.354/.500 slashing line. He has topped 20 HR in two straight seasons, and has been very durable as well. Castellanos will be 27 this season, and is an above average bat that teams will be looking at. If he is not dealt before the season starts, teams should be phoning in around the all-star break.
Team: Seattle Mariners
Rumored Trade Partners: Astros, White Sox
The Mariners have been wheeling and dealing this offseason as they try and build towards the future. As soon as Edwin Encarnacion came over to Seattle in a trade, the rumors started flying that he would be gone soon. Encarnacion might have a few years with above average power left, but he is 36 years old, and doesn’t have a ton of trade return value right now. He still hit 32 HR and has driven in at least 100 runs in four straight seasons. He had his lowest average since 2010, but everything else checked out. Right now the Astros are in the mix for a first base or DH power bat, while the White Sox have been rumored to acquire him, making it a logjam.
Noteworthy Contract Year Players
Rick Porcello (Red Sox)
Jose Abreu (White Sox)
Ben Zobrist (Cubs)
Mark Trumbo (Orioles)
Martin Prado (Marlins)
Kendrys Morales (Blue Jays)
Scooter Gennett (Reds)
Yasiel Puig (Reds)
Francisco Cervelli (Pirates)
Corey Dickerson (Pirates)
Howie Kendrick (Nationals)