With the 2019 baseball season approaching its ending, the offseason is right around the corner. While it’s early to speculate, there are a number of potential moves that could have big impacts on the 2020 season. Here are four trades to spice up the 2019 offseason. (NOTE: All stats are current through September 13).
The New York Mets trade Noah Syndergaard to the San Diego Padres
Rumors about a possible deadline deal for Syndergaard proved unfounded in 2019, but that doesn’t mean the team still can’t move on from the talented hurler. The Mets were instead buyers at the deadline, trading for Toronto Blue Jays’ ace Marcus Stroman. But getting Stroman may be the team looking for Syndergaard’s replacement as opposed to loading up the starting rotation.
San Diego has the best farm system in baseball, and the Mets could use more pieces after giving some up to get Stroman. The deal absolutely makes sense for the Padres. Putting Syndergaard in a pitcher-friendly park at the young age of 27 seems like a no-brainer and one of the wisest trades to make considering their minor-league depth.
The Boston Red Sox trade Mookie Betts to the Atlanta Braves
According to at least one source, the Red Sox will listen to trades for Mookie Betts after talks of a contract extension stalled. It appears as though Betts wants to test the free-agent market if the team can’t nail him down for an extension. From all indications, it seems like Boston and Betts aren’t quite aligned on his true value.
The Braves would make a great fit for Betts. They have one of the best farm systems in baseball, and an offensive threat of Betts’ caliber would pair nicely in the same lineup as Braves’ star Ronald Acuna, Jr. This one is a longshot to happen this offseason, but it ultimately wouldn’t be surprising if Boston decided to cash in now if they receive a crazy good offer.
The Pittsburgh Pirates trade Starling Marte to the Texas Rangers
The Pirates have fallen out of contention in the NL Central. Meanwhile, Starling Marte continues to produce consistently this season, hitting 23 home runs and 82 RBIs with an on-base percentage of .342. The Texas Rangers don’t currently have a lot of production coming out of their outfield. They could use a veteran bat to help bolster their lineup, while the Pirates look like they’re gearing up for another rebuild.
The Cleveland Indians trade Francisco Lindor to the New York Yankees
The Indians have been in payroll-slashing mode since last offseason, and they never seem shy about making big trades. While they still have Lindor under team control, trading him now represents an opportunity to cash in on the young star rather than lose him via free agency for nothing.
Enter the New York Yankees. Never one to shy away from a superstar, the Yankees currently have an embarrassment of riches in the infield. They have Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Didi Gregorius, and the currently injured Miguel Andujar on the roster. Gregorius, who plays Lindor’s position of shortstop, is a free agent this offseason.
The Yankees may let Gregorius walk in favor of trading for Lindor. They still have a well-stocked farm system. Highly touted prospect Clint Frazier is starting to look like the odd man out in the Yankees’ outfield, and now may be the time to move on.