MLB Swap Deadline: Rank the top 12 players who could be traded and their best team to match

Earlier this week, I ranked the best starting throwers who could be on the move before the MLB switchover, based on my big table of 125 players most likely to be split between now and August 2nd. Now it’s time to rank the best players available and identify their best team.

Teams that have expressed interest in a particular player or are reasonable as a potential trading partner are best suited.

This year, five positioners stand out as the creators of potential differences at the pennants: Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, Pirates midfielder Bryan Reynolds, Royal left defender Andrew Benintend and two midfielders, Orioles Trey. Mancini and Josh Bell, a nationalist. Of course, other quality contributors are also interested in the trade market.

Here’s my ranking of the top 12 players that could be traded ahead of time, and what I hear about them in my conversations with Premier League leaders and people involved in the game.

1. Bryan Reynolds, CF, Pirates

Age: 27
Slash: .259 / .333 / .453 HR: 11 RBI: 22
WAR: 1.4 OPS +: 121

Reynolds started the season slowly, hitting 0.194 in April and 0.224 in May, but he has been hot since the calendar went to June, reaching 0.370 / 0.40 / 603 with four home runs and 10 hits that month. . At the age of 27, he is just beginning his best years and will only be eligible for a free agency after the 2025 season, which will increase his commercial value. The pirates being rebuilt prefer to keep Reynolds, but he is the most sought-after player on the market and they are listening to offers. If anyone wants to overcome them, they should consider trading in the 2021 Star Tournament.

The best team is suitable for: Yankees, Rays, Padres, Red Sox, Guardians, White Sox, Astros, Marlins, Brewers, Giants

2. Willson Contreras, C, Cubs

Willson Contreras is doing his best to attack. (Charles LeClaire / USA Today)

Age: 30
Slash: .269 / .383 / .505 HR: 12 RBI: 27
WAR: 2.7 OPS +: 147

The Cubs have not been able to renew Contrera and are eligible for a free agency after this season, so their best game is to replace him before the deadline and then sign again during the break. Contreras is of interest to a number of competing teams, who may occasionally play catcher, DH and first base or left field. He is seventh in the National League (0.383) and seventh in OPS (0.883) in what has been the best offensive season of his career so far. The Cubs should find a lot of prospects for a double star tournament, even though it is a tenant.

The best team is suitable for: Forest, Padres, Giants, Angels, Defenders

3. Josh Bell, 1B / DH, nationality

Age: 29
Slash: .295 / .380 / .472 HR: 11 RBI: 44
WAR: 2.2 OPS +: 146

Bell is a substitute and it really adds value to right-handed-heavy teams. Last season, he dropped 0.261 / 0.347 / 0.476 with 27 home runs and 88 hits, and he’s paced to compare or fix those numbers this year. A strong clubhouse, Bell comes to the park with positive energy. He has improved his defense in the first base and can play full time, DH or both. Bell will be a free agent after this season, but some of the candidates will get a big boost by adding their bat.

The best team is suitable for: Blue Jays, Rays, White Sox, Brewers, Giants

4. Trey Mancini, OF / DH, Orioles

Age: 30
Slash: .286 / .365 / .427 HR: 7 RBI: 27
WAR: 1.7 OPS +: 128

Mancini is Orioles’ most popular player and no matter what they get back in the deal, that’s not enough for their fans. According to sources, after this season, he will give up the 2023 mutual option and become a free agent. As Orioles has not extended him, they will have no choice but to replace him by the deadline. Mancini’s best position is the first base, but he can also play corner field and DH. During his career, Mancini has scored 0.272 and averaged 28 home runs and 81 hits in 162 games. He has survived cancer and is one of Orioles’ most respected players lately. It will be interesting to see where he lands.

The best team is suitable for: Cartridges, brewers, sailors, fast

5. Andrew Benintendi, LF, Royals

Age: 27
Slash: .295 / .360 / .390 HR: 3 RBI: 25
WAR: 1.4 OPS +: 114

Benintendi won the American League Gold Glove for left-wing players last year and is expected to claim the award again this year. He is on the 65th percentile of the Outs Above Average for all winger players. His blow average fell below 0.300 this week, but he reaches a base of 36 percent. He has figured out his best role: to generate traffic at the top of the lineup and prevent his skin from running. Benintend is entitled to a free agency after the season, and if the royals fail to sign him again, they should replace him ahead of time.

The best team is suitable for: Padresid, Marlinid, Yankees, Rays, Brewers, Braves

6. Anthony Santander, OF, Orioles

Age: 27
Slash: .246 / .342 / .440 HR: 13 RBI: 36
WAR: 1.4 OPS +: 124

Santander will be in control of the team in the 2024 season, but I keep hearing from sources that Orioles will replace him with the right potential package. He hit 20 home runs in 2019, 11 in the shortened season in 2020, 18 in 2021 and 13 in 232 this year. His biggest success this season is his ability to walk. He has 29, which is already the highlight of his career and should contribute to his commercial value.

The best team is suitable for: Cartridges, guardians, giants, brewers

7. Dominic Smith, 1B, Mets

Age: 27
Slash: .198 / .292 / .275 HR: 0 RBI: 14 (91 AB)
WAR: 0.0 OPS +: 65

The forest recalled Smith on Monday after 15 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Pete Alonso blocked him on the first base, and although Smith can play on the left field or in DH, his best position is first base. Smith is expected to be Mets’ number one by the deadline, but has reached 0.198 in the 106 Premier League appearances this season. (He hit .266 / .347 / .438 with two assists and 10 RBIs in 72 games in Triple Al.) I think Smith is a plus-plus defender in the first base and will develop a power of 0.300 to 15-20 home runs if there is a chance. is given. Most competing teams do not need a first main team, but Smith may be suitable for rebuilding teams such as the Pirates, Nationals and A, or teams that may need a first main team in 2023, such as the Astros or Giants. He will be under the control of the team throughout the 2024 season and will be eligible for arbitration next year.

The best team is suitable for: Pirates, nationalists, Ad, rays, astros, giants

8. Ramón Laureano, OF, A’s

Age: 27
Slash: .241 / .323 / .355 R: 17 2B: 10 SB: 5
WAR: 0.4 OPS +: 100

Laureano’s best season was in 2019, when he lowered 0.288 / 0.340 / 0.521 with 24 home runs, 29 doubles, 67 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He should be able to reassemble this type of production, but he hasn’t. Injuries, pandemics and, most importantly, nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug suspension, have played a role. This season, he returned from an 80-game ban on May 8 and has achieved 0.241 performances with 15 homers and five stolen bases. It is only a matter of time before it is traded. Laureano can play in all three outdoor positions and he plays the game with passion, although it sometimes hurts him. He will be under the control of the team throughout the 2024 season and will be eligible for arbitration next year.

The best team is suitable for: Marlins, giants, brewers

9. Whit Merrifield, 2B / OF, Royals

Age: 33
Slash: .232 / .277 / .318 R: 33 SB: 9 2B: 15
WAR: -0.7 OPS +: 69

Merrifield has led the AL twice, hit the bases three times, doubled once (last season) and threw three times. But at the age of 33, he has the worst year of his career. Merrifield can play a second base, right and left field, versatility to help increase his commercial value. He will earn $ 7 million this year, and if he spends less than 110 days on the injured list in 2021, he will earn $ 6.75 million next year, plus another $ 500,000 when Royals buys out his $ 18 million mutual option by 2024. . He needs to play better ahead of time, during which Royals can get something important back from the deal. If he doesn’t, they have to wonder if they waited a year too long to trade with him.

The best team is suitable for: Cartridges, brewers, White Sox

10. Mitch Haniger, RF / DH, Mariners (IL)

Age: 31
Slash: .200 / .222 / .486 HR: 3 RBI: 7 (35 AB)
WAR: 0.2 OPS +: 100

Haniger hit 39 home teams last year and raced 100 games in 157 games, but this season has been severely injured by an ankle joint and limited to 35 strokes by COVID-19. He had a better sprain at the end of April and has been out since then. The Mariners, who have fallen below 0.500 in eight games, are sorely lacking in Haniger’s midfield. When he recovers, he returns and the Mariners have not started their season by leaps and bounds, they can replace him. Haniger will be a free agent after this season.

The best team is suitable for: Brewers, giants, rushes, guards

11. Nelson Cruz, DH, Citizens

Age: 41
Slash: .248 / .332 / .380 HR: 7 RBI: 38
WAR: 0.6 OPS +: 106

Age and decline are finally approaching for 41-year-old Cruz, who may be playing for the last year of his career. He has lowered 0.248 / 0.332 / 0.380 this season with seven home strokes to 242 strokes (one out of 35 strokes), having hit 32 home teams with 513 strokes (one out of 16 strokes) last year. The Nationals will not stand on Cruz’s path if they have a chance to catch up with a competitor and play in their eighth offseason, but they will not receive more than a low-level outlook in return. Maybe it would make sense for Ray’s return, because at least Cruz could be another resource to help these struggling young batsmen.

The best team is suitable for: Rays, Brewers

12. Adam Frazier, 2B / OF, Mariners

Age: 30
Slash: .221 / .287 / .298 2B: 12 R: 28
WAR: -0.4 OPS +: 73

Mariners bought and sold at last year’s trading period and may repeat this strategy this year. If so, wait for Frazier to be split, as he will be a free agent after this season. Frazier was beating 0.324 and topping the charts in July last year when Pirates switched to Padres with three prospects. He finished the rest of the way with San Diego at 0.267, but finished the season with an average of 0.305 in the NL and 10th in the OPB (.368), then traded to Seattle before being blocked. Frazier has struggled this season, especially in June, when he overcame the sad .116 / .182 / .130. He hits a total of 0.221 and needs to do much better over the next six weeks to have a commodity value.

The best team is suitable for: Brave, brewers, giants, White Sox, angels

(Upper photo by Bryan Reynolds: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

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