There is no doubt a great number people think it’s way too early to be thinking about trades in MLB. However, considering the rash of injuries that have beset many clubs in the early going, it’s certainly not too early for them to think about acquisitions that can help them now rather than later.
As general managers across the league start to make inquiries, they’ll be contacting fellow GMs who already have players in mind that they’d like to deal at some point. Some of these players may not fit into future plans for their team, others may be under-performing and simply need a change of scenery, still others may have contracts that are not compatible with the team’s overall future financial goals.
Many of the players that are made available by GMs can fetch a nice return. Just last year the Houston Astros received four prospects from the Philadelphia Phillies in return for outfielder Hunter Pence. Two of those prospects were ranked in the top 100 by Baseball America at the time of the trade.
Oftentimes, GMs looking to unload players place a heavy price tag on their available player, one that seems to indicate that the general manager values the player much more than teams bidding for their services.
Here is a list of current players who have been mentioned in recent trade talks that may not be worth what their teams are seeking in return.