MLB: Top 5 Under the Radar Moves That Could Happen This Offseason
With the baseball winter meetings wrapping up, front offices from across the MLB will examine potential trade chips and targets, so what are some of the under the radar moves that could take place before this offseason is over?
Have a merry, merry Merrifield
We’ve heard rumblings about teams looking at Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield. The infielder can hit for average and drove in 74 runs last season for the lowly Royals.
A team that could trade for Merrifield is the St. Louis Cardinals because the Cardinals could use another consistent hitter. Even though Kolton Wong is on the roster, he could always be flipped. Wong currently nearing the end of a 5-year deal he signed with the Cards back in 2016. The 29-year old is set to get paid about $10 million in 2020 and has a team option for 2021.
Merrifield is under contract for the next three seasons and has a club option in 2023. He is only getting about $15 million over the next three seasons combined.
If the Cards and Royals can pull off this trade it doesn’t create a huge impact for either side, but KC should net a solid prospect in this deal.
Shot for the Star(ling)
The Pittsburgh Pirates are extremely quiet to begin this offseason, besides getting a new GM and manager of course. But, the Buccos some nice pieces to look at.
A great trade partner would be the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phitins have been known to make bargain-type deals and by acquiring Marte and Archer they would be doing just that.
Archer is on the final year of his current contract and Marte is owed $12.5 million in 2020 (club option in 2021). So, the Phils wouldn’t have to surrender much in terms of prospects and they would at least have the benefit of utilizing these two players for a season.
Philly is in win-now mode and trading for Marte and Archer would be a low risk, high reward scenario that could pay off in a big way.
The Chicago Cubs appear as though they want to shed payroll this MLB offseason and with Tyler Chatwood set to become a free agent next year, it is logical to see him get traded.
But, where could he get shipped to?
Well, one club that comes to mind is the Chicago White Sox. Sure the Cubbies would be trading with a cross-town rival, but the ChiSox could use some depth in their pitching staff and Chatwood would fit the bill.
He isn’t a headliner, but he has experience in the Wind City and has experience as a starter and most recently as a reliever. Chatwood is owed $13 million in 2020. The White Sox should only have to give up a low-level prospect.
It’s been reported that the Oakland Athletics are looking for a left-handed bat and bullpen help.
One player who could get scooped up by the A’s is outfielder Corey Dickerson.
The former Phillie and Pirate can get on base and provide some power. He played well as a leadoff guy in Philly last year and he has experience in the outfield. The A’s could use an upgrade in left field.
Oakland doesn’t dish out a ton of money to players, but Dickerson could get signed to a team-friendly contract and if need be the A’s can flip him at a later date.
Take a Turn(er) for the better
The Texas Rangers have made some small moves in recent MLB history and one move they could make is trading for third baseman Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The veteran is getting paid $20 million in 2020 and will hit the open market next offseason.
Turner could man the hot corner for the Rangers, at least until they can find a younger option.
The former New York Met posted 27 homers and 67 RBIs last season and has made one all-star team.
Texas shouldn’t have to give up much to acquire Turner. Also, the trade would allow LA to put more focus on third base.
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