The best time of the Major League Baseball year is nearly here: trade season.
In the coming weeks, teams will be gauging where they are in the standings and whether they feel they’ll be in the playoff hunt in the second half. Many teams will be looking for additional talent down the stretch with hopes of making a late-season playoff push.
Teams out of contention already may look to clear themselves of some payroll and ship some larger contracts elsewhere. This way, they can hopefully receive some prospects who might develop into stars in the future.
Speaking of stars, there could end up being a ton of big names moved this summer.
There are already rumors spiraling about the top players in the game, and it’ll be interesting to see if any of them come to fruition. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what could happen to some of the bigger trade chips. Here is a prediction of whether each trade candidate will be moved—and to which team—or if he’ll stay.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.