While the trade rhetoric doesn’t typically ramp up until the middle of June, there are several trades MLB general managers should already be considering. After all, it really never is too early to plan the next move.
That move could be subtracting from a roster with next season in mind, or it could be adding the one piece a GM feels his team needs to not only make it to the postseason, but also to win the World Series.
Now some teams have already begun the process. The Detroit Tigers, for example, went out and signed Joel Hanrahan to plug a leaky bullpen (5.31 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) even though he will not be ready to pitch for “at least a month,” according to George Sipple and John Lowe from the Detroit Free Press.
To be sure, every GM is thinking about ways to improve his ballclub, so let’s take a selected look around MLB. Here are the trades that the GMs of six teams—three buyers, two sellers and one that could go either way—should already be thinking about.
*Note: All statistics are accurate as of games through Sunday, May 4.