September 23, 2021

Mookie. Lindor. Arenado? Players who will (or should be) in MLB offseason trade talks (ESPN)

For the many thousands of hours executives have spent talking with their counterparts about potential trades since the end of the baseball season, there have been a grand total of four deals involving players who spent all of 2019 in the major leagues. Half of them took place before Monday’s tender deadline and involved players who otherwise would’ve been cut.

To those feeling generous, baseball’s offseason is simply a slow burn, building toward a climactic scene, like, say, the 2019 winter meetings, which start Monday in San Diego. And to others, who see the hot stove as a microcosm of the sport’s greater issues — it’s … so … slow — this is just another tease, baseball’s promise falling short.

With free agency beginning to churn into high gear — the first nine-figure deal could be coming sooner than later — and teams that miss out needing fallback options, the trade market is always there. And conversations with more than two dozen executives in recent weeks illustrate a trade market that is filled with available players — for the…

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