5 Potential MLB Trade Chips That No One Is Talking About
There have been a number of big trades in the MLB so far this winter, and a number of other players have seen their name on the block.
While there have been a number of players that have been linked to trade talks, there are other potential trade chips that have not really had their names come up this winter. These players could serve as key pieces of deals that occur this winter.
The 2013 season was a massive disappointment for Rickie Weeks. He struggled throughout the year and hit just .209 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 104 games. Meanwhile, top Milwaukee Brewers prospect, Scooter Gennett, put up a strong .324 batting average, and, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, he currently has the edge in the second base battle for 2014.
As a result of this, Rickie Weeks could certainly be a trade chip for the Brewers. While the last two seasons have not been great, Weeks is a former All-Star and has a lot of pop for a second baseman.
Weeks' power potential, as well as his past performances, mean that the Brewers will likely be able to find a suitor for him.
With the St. Louis Cardinals' addition of Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay could find himself relegated to the fourth outfielder role next season. In addition to adding Bourjos, the Cardinals also have top prospect Oscar Taveras waiting in the wings.
This could mean that the Cardinals might not be able to find Jay as much playing time next season, and it makes him an ideal trade chip.
Jay is a career .293 hitter, and his 29 stolen bases over the past two seasons demonstrate that he has some speed as well. There are certainly teams out there that would be interested in acquiring Jay if the Cardinals made him available.
One of the things that the Tampa Bay Rays have done very well over the past few years is develop young pitching. As a result, they have a number of talented starters, but not enough room in their rotation for all of them.
Entering the 2014 season, the Rays appear set to go with David Price, Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and Chris Archer. In addition to these starters, the Rays also have a number of pitchers waiting in the wings.
This could make Jake Odorizzi a trade chip for the Rays, especially if the team prefers Enny Romero to him. Odorizzi put up solid numbers in the minor leagues and was given some time in the majors last season. In 29.2 innings, he posted a 3.94 ERA and struck out 22.
Derek Dietrich saw some time with the Miami Marlins last season, but he did struggle a bit against MLB pitching. In 57 games, Dietrich hit just .214, but he did display impressive power for a second baseman with nine home runs.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, members of the Marlins front office wanted to call Dietrich back up in September, but owner Jeffrey Loria was against the idea.
Now that the Marlins have signed Rafael Furcal to play second base, Dietrich has once again been pushed down the depth chart. Dietrich certainly has value as a number of teams are looking for a second baseman, and he could be a good trade chip if the Marlins choose to move him.
The Washington Nationals made one of the best moves of the offseason when they acquired Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers. By adding Fister to the top four of their starting rotation, the Nationals look like one of the teams to beat in the National League in 2014.
Washington has a number of pitchers that will be fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation, including Tanner Roark, Ross Detwiler, Taylor Jordan and Nate Karns. Additionally, A.J. Cole could earn a call-up later this season.
With all of this starting pitching, the Nationals can afford to make a deal or two. Ross Detwiler could end up being the odd man out in Washington. He has pitched well throughout his career and owns a 3.79 ERA over 408 innings.
Detwiler could be a good back-of-the-rotation option for a team that is looking for another starter to fill out their staff.