This week’s MLB Power Ranking takes a look at the 10 best trade candidates across the league and where they might end up.
Free agency can be fun and at times easy to predict or at least narrow down some off-season landing sites. On the contrary, measuring which players will be traded will be much more difficult. This week’s MLB Power Rankings will get a chance to take on this challenge.
There are some players around Major League Baseball who seemed to be in a good position to transfer franchises. People whose contracts have become too bulky for their frugal front office or others on expired deals we know set them up to become a mid-season business bait that fits in this category.
Then there are those who get in the way of a younger and perhaps more promising player. Whatever the reason, these are 10 of the best players that can be exchanged for this non-seasonal force rated in terms of skill and how likely they are to trade away.
10. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals Trade Candidate Tyler O’Neill
Louis Cardinals left-back Tyler O’Neill suffered a tough fall last season. It went from eighth in the Player of the Year vote to a cut of only .228/.308/.392. The Cardinals were unwilling to part with some small pieces in Juan Soto’s deal. O’Neill, in someone else’s bargain, should be on the table.
While it’s still a useful part of the list, its judging numbers are on the rise. It can get very expensive to have an expensive player whose best attribute may be his gauntlet. Hitting this informal trade could be a huge deal for them. It would also allow prospect Jordan Walker to open wide in the left field with Nolan Arenado remaining at third base.
Look for O’Neill to land everywhere from a competitor who can use a left field upgrade, such as the Atlanta Braves, to a club in the hopes that they can get a steal in the trade; He’s looking at you, Miami Marlins.
9. MLB Power Rankings: Braves Trade Candidate Travis d’Arnaud
William Contreras has better days on baseball diamonds than Travis D’Arnaud. Both were All-Stars last year but Dar Arnault signed for two more years with an option in the second. It may age very quickly as hunters do. Rather than trying to navigate this way, it might be worth it for the Atlanta Braves to tackle d’Arnaud after a solid season.
Don’t you know, the Cardinals are really fit. Yadier Molina’s retirement gives them a chance at the pickup point. Have we already stumbled upon the ingredients of foreign trade: O’Neill for d’Arnaud? Fans of apostrophes in names will go wild.
There is no urgency to trade in d’Arnaud thanks in part to the presence of DH in the National League. Contreras can still get a bat. However, this will free them to explore creating a different menu.
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