Because this offseason doesn't feature the most impressive free-agent class in recent memory — especially when it comes to starting pitchers — the trade market figures to be busy.
Even the World Series champions have some tough choices to make as they fine-tune their lineup for a repeat bid.
The player each team should deal, listed alphabetically:
Arizona Diamondbacks: SP Zack Greinke
Sure, it remains a long shot because of his salary. But if the Dodgers had interest in reacquiring Greinke this past summer — as FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported — they probably still have interest. And they aren't alone.
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Atlanta Braves: SP Mike Foltynewicz
Atlanta is looking to bolster its rotation, so why subtract a valued 25-year-old arm? It would make sense only if Foltynewicz was among the pieces used to acquire someone like Rays ace Chris Archer.
Baltimore Orioles: SP/RP Ubaldo Jimenez
Perhaps Baltimore can convince a pitching-desperate team that Jimenez’s strong second half (2.82 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) in 2016 and motivation in a contract year are worth the gamble. Good luck with that.
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Boston Red Sox: 1B/3B Travis Shaw
Pablo Sandoval or Brock Holt can hold down third base until prospect Yoan Moncada is ready, and Hanley Ramirez was surprisingly good at first base. Shaw is versatile and has pop.
Chicago Cubs: OF Jorge Soler
They aren’t trading Kyle Schwarber but need to get him into the lineup. Which will likely be in left field, with some combo of Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. also in the outfield. Soler, 24, is a heck of a talent, meaning he would net strong value.
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Chicago White Sox: LHP Chris Sale
The awkward rift between the ace lefty and the front office aside, there is the fact Chicago hasn’t won with Sale, and there is little reason to believe it will. Swallow hard, collect some prospects and major-league ready talent, and turn the page.
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Cincinnati Reds: SS Zack Cozart
Brandon Phillips refuses to budge, Homer Bailey must prove he’s healthy and Joey Votto is the face of the franchise. But there was interest in Cozart before the deadline last summer, and a deal would allow Jose Peraza to take over at shortstop in Cincinnati.
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Cleveland Indians: SP Trevor Bauer
First, tune out the Andrew Miller trade speculation. Next, consider the rotation depth that includes Mike Clevinger and Ryan Merritt. Then, factor in the drastic production swings associated with Trevor Bauer. Finally, remember the dearth of available starting pitchers and realize that plenty of teams will take a chance on a 25-year-old former No. 3 overall pick.
Colorado Rockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez
The perennial trade candidate finally could be dealt because he is entering the final year of his contract and is coming off a 100-RBI season. CarGo is the Rockies' ticket to pitching help.
Detroit Tigers: OF J.D. Martinez
While Justin Verlander and even Miguel Cabrera are being mentioned in trade speculation, it makes more sense to deal Martinez, who can become a free agent after the 2017 season and will demand the kind of contract Detroit is trying to shed.
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Houston Astros: RP Luke Gregerson
Houston needs to commit to Ken Giles as its closer after sacrificing so much to acquire him last offseason. Gregerson has just one year left on his contract and would excite a team looking to build the next super bullpen.
Kansas City Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas
With so much of the Kansas City core set to hit free agency after the 2017 season, seemingly anyone could go. But after Moustakas suffered a season-ending knee injury in late May, Cheslor Cuthbert played well in his place.
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Los Angeles Angels: RP Huston Street
Mike Trout isn’t going anywhere, though dealing him certainly would help Los Angeles address its many needs. But now that Andrew Bailey is back — and saved six games in place of the injured Street late this season — perhaps Street can be used as trade bait. The 33-year-old ranks fourth among active relievers with 324 saves.
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig
Puig wasn’t moved prior to the nonwaiver deadline because of his struggles, and he stuck around at the waiver deadline because Los Angeles could deal only with the Brewers. The Dodgers now can shop him extensively.
Miami Marlins: OF Marcell Ozuna
Miami must address its rotation, and Ozuna is a valuable trade chip. It’d be tough to part with a first-time All-Star with 30-homer potential in a more hitter-friendly park, but it would pay dividends.
Milwaukee Brewers: OF Ryan Braun
The rebuild continues in Milwaukee, and Braun’s value is up after his best season (.305/.365/.538 with 30 homers, 91 RBI) since 2012. It's time.
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Minnesota Twins: 3B Trevor Plouffe
He’s under team control through the 2017 season for a franchise that is years away from contending. His bat and glove will appeal to other teams and help the rebuild progress. Plus, dealing Plouffe would allow Miguel Sano to return to his natural position at the hot corner.
New York Mets: OF Michael Conforto
The prospect seems to have stalled between Triple-A and the majors and needs a change of scenery. Even if the team doesn’t re-sign Yoenis Cespedes, New York still would have Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo in the outfield next season.
New York Yankees: C Brian McCann
Gary Sanchez is the future, and McCann still can bring a decent return in a trade to a team like the Astros, Braves or Nationals, who have a clear need for a veteran catcher.
Oakland A’s: SP Sonny Gray
Despite an inconsistent (5.69 ERA, 4.67 FIP, 1.50 WHIP) and injury-plagued 2016 season, Gray still could bring a haul in a trade. Oakland won’t be lowballed, but it’s time to face reality and collect some more prospects.
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Philadelphia Phillies: SP Vince Velasquez
Why would a rebuilding team want to lose a 24-year-old potential ace who is under team control through the 2021 season? Because of the extraordinary price a rival team would be willing to pay for him.
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Pittsburgh Pirates: OF Andrew McCutchen
It isn’t as crazy as it sounds when you factor in McCutchen's down 2016 season (.256/.336/.430), his age (30) and what he could still bring in return (plenty). Plus, outfield prospect Austin Meadows is close for Pittsburgh.
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San Diego Padres: RP Brad Hand
His 82 appearances led the majors in 2016, and Hand struck out 111 batters in 89.1 innings. He’s arguably San Diego’s most valuable commodity as it tries to restock its rotation, just one of several glaring needs.
San Francisco Giants: RP George Kontos
There’s not much to deal but plenty to acquire. And since Kontos is the rare 30-something holdover from the much-needed bullpen purge, why not ship him out after a third consecutive solid season (1.04 WHIP since 2014)?
Seattle Mariners: SP James Paxton
The going rate for starters with a 3.43 ERA and 8.0 K/9 ratio in 50 career starts is at least $15 million per season, so Seattle has plenty to gain. Did we mention Paxton is left-handed?
St. Louis Cardinals: 3B Jhonny Peralta
St. Louis has an infield surplus and could move Matt Carpenter back to third base (with Aledmys Diaz at short, Kolten Wong/Jedd Gyorko at second and Matt Adams at first) by dealing Peralta.
Tampa Bay Rays: SP Chris Archer
The weakness of the free-agent starting pitching market drives up Archer’s value even more, even after a subpar season. Tampa Bay isn’t going to contend and can address several other needs by parting with its ace.
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Texas Rangers: INF Jurickson Profar
He played every position in the infield (and even left field) this season, yet he still can’t crack the starting lineup. Because Profar still is just 23, Texas should be able to sell a team on his upside.
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Toronto Blue Jays: SP Marco Estrada
While it would not be ideal, Toronto could suffer huge losses in free agency, so it might have no choice but to deal from a strength (rotation) to address a weakness (outfield, first base, bullpen). Trading Estrada would be preferable to Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ or Marcus Stroman.
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Washington Nationals: SS Danny Espinosa
He slashed just .209/.306/.378 this season but had career highs with 24 homers and 72 RBI. Dealing Espinosa also would allow Washington to move Trea Turner back to shortstop.