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MLB: Five Potential Trade Candidates

With most of the free agents off the market, many franchises are looking to bolster their rosters now with trades going into Spring Training.

Here we look at five candidates that we feel are surplus to their club’s needs and that could be traded over the course of the next few months.

Danny Jansen (Toronto Blue Jays) 

With big names such as Willson Contreras, Christian Vazquez and Mike Zunino all getting free agent deals and with the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles trading for Sean Murphy and James McCann respectively, all the attention goes to the Toronto Blue Jays where they have three catchers on their roster. 

Danny Jansen appears most likely to be traded of the three, although Toronto could send Gabriel Moreno or Alejandro Kirk if the deal is right. 

The Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs are looking to upgrade behind the plate. 

The strong candidate for a trade option is the Boston Red Sox, they have Reese McGuire and Connor Wong on their 26-man roster currently and Jansen would be an upgrade on those players. 

Jansen is 27-years-old and had a batting average of .260 with 15 home runs in 2022. Jansen has two more years left under contractual control with the Blue Jays and they could afford to trade him now if they so desired. The Toronto Blue Jays are +900 to win the 2023 World Series.

Liam Hendriks (Chicago White Sox) 

It was only in the past couple of weeks that the Chicago White Sox have begun to listen to enquiries made about their closer. 

Hendriks has been talked about as a potential candidate for the New York Mets, however talks appeared to have cooled over the past few days. 

The White Sox could use upgrades at second base, in the corner outfield spots and in their starting rotation, so moving Hendriks on could add more in one of those positions. 

The stumbling block is that Hendriks has a no-trade clause to five unspecified clubs, although obviously these clubs are not necessarily interested in the closer. 

With the White Sox looking to shed salary and this not being the first time that the Southsiders’ have decided to get rid of their star closer, they also got rid of Craig Kimbrel to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder AJ Pollock. 

The 33-year-old would be wanted by most clubs although the Mets are the only one who have made their interest known, looking to team him up with Edwin Diaz.

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Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh Pirates) 

Bryan Reynolds has made his feelings known in recent weeks that he would like to be traded. 

Although the All-Star outfielder might not be moved before now and Spring Training, Reynolds’ asking price will be high for any potential suitor. 

Since the start of 2021, Reynolds has hit 51 home runs, 152 RBI’s, 54 doubles, and an OPS of .861 in 304 games,the 27-year-old is under team control till 2025. 

Rumours hitting the press recently are that the New York Yankees are the ones who would eat at a lot of the salary that Reynolds is owed, however they would have to send a big package for even the Pirates to entertain the deal.

Pablo Lopez (Miami Marlins) 

Lopez has always been a trade candidate and with the Texas Rangers expressing an interest to add to their rotation which was bolstered by the signing of free agent Jacob deGrom after he turned down the New York Mets. 

Texas have added Andrew Heaney and Jake Odorizzi, so adding Lopez would certainly put them in a strong position going forward. 

The Marlins are trying to build something themselves though and they have impressed in their pitching department with Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara giving up Lopez, the Marlins would need something big in return. 

The only other side interested appears to be the Toronto Blue Jays and we already know they have surplus in the catching department if the Marlins require an upgrade in that department. The Miami Marlins are +6600 to win the 2023 World Series.

Gleyber Torres (New York Yankees) 

New York have a glut of infielders on their roster if they play Oswald Peraza or Anthony Volpe in Spring Training. 

Torres could be a name for a potential suitor and with the 26-year-old having two years left on his contract, he could be moved in a potential Pirates trade for Bryan Reynolds with the Yankees very interested. 

Although pitching is a priority for the Yankees, Torres would be an interesting piece to be traded away should New York desire. The Yankees are +800 to win the 2023 World Series.

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