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5 Bold Trade Predictions for the MLB Trade Deadline

The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching. Josh Weil is going to dive into some players that are rumored to be on the move. He also has some players that he thinks would be a good match in a new uniform.
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5 Bold Trade Predictions for the MLB Trade Deadline

What a fun time of year for baseball fans, and honestly their teams too. Whether you gain an asset to vault you into the World Series conversation, or to make the future brighter, this is when the magic happens. I am going to dive into some players that are rumored to be on the move and also some who I personally think would be a good match in a new uniform.

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5 Bold Predictions for the MLB Trade Deadline

1. The Future is Now in Seattle

Mariners get: OF Juan Soto, LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Mason Thompson

Nationals get: OF Jarred Kelenic, RHP George Kirby, SS Noelvi Marte (SEA No. 1 Prospect), SS Edwin Arroyo (SEA No. 4 Prospect), LHP Adam Macko (SEA No. 9 Prospect)

Home Run Derby Champion is just counting the days until he is moved at this point, so I think the Mariners can gain some respect around the league by pulling the trigger on the best young hitter in the game (to pair with Julio Rodriguez, who is no slouch in his own right). The Mariners take on the contract of Patrick Corbin to keep Matt Brash and Emerson Hancock intact and lessen the blow on their farm system, and they add Mason Thompson to one of the most underrated bullpens in the league.

The Nationals get an absolute haul, to the surprise of nobody at all, but they take RHP George Kirby and trust their ability to develop young pitchers into aces and add him and Macko to an already stacked front end of their farm system, pitching-wise of course. They also get an extremely high upside in Kelenic and Marte. It was not too long ago that Kelenic was traded away from the NL East as a top prospect, and now he will come back and may just need a change of scenery after not living up to expectations early in his career.

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2. Padres Take a Chance on Gallo

Padres get: OF Joey Gallo

Yankees get: RP Dinelson Lamet, 1B/OF Daniel Montesino (SD #20 Prospect)

Lamet is a starter by trade, but relocation to a team like the Yankees may allow him to blossom in a high-leverage role. His stuff has never been in doubt, but what has been is his ability to stay on the field. 18-year-old 1B/OF Daniel Montesino has a profile that his power tool was way ahead of his hit tool, but he has done nothing but hit since he got to Rookie Ball. This is the right piece to add in with the potential for Gallo to get it all right outside of the Bronx.

For the Yankees, this Joey Gallo experiment started okay but has taken a nosedive, and they have to get rid of him if they want to get any value out of the price that they paid for him. Gallo remains steady in the outfield defensively, but if you watch him play, he is at a point where he is just pressing and is absolutely lost at the plate. To be able to get Lamet and Montesino would be an extremely high upside return for Gallo, where it is also fair and fits both teams' needs.

3. Ketel Marte and David Peralta Hit the Windy City

Diamondbacks get: SS Jose Rodriguez

White Sox get: INF/OF Ketel Marte, OF David Peralta

In having Tim Anderson as a star in the Majors, and plenty of prospects up the middle, they can afford this slight overpay to solidify their lineup for this season, and for years to come. Getting a versatile, switch-hitting bat like Ketel Marte will get them back to being the AL Central dominator that they seemed like they would be last year, and they would have some left-handed bats to balance the lineup against dominant righties.

This is a no-brainer for Arizona. With respect to Corbin Carroll, this would give them a prospect to be excited about at a premium position. In signing Ketel Marte, they tried to reward a player for sticking around, but now they have to cash that in to take a huge step in the right direction for an organization that needs something to be excited to be about.

4. The Rays (FINALLY) Take a Chance

Rays get: SP Frankie Montas

Athletics get: INF Vidal Brujan, SP JJ Goss, SS Carlos Colmenarez

The Rays have been calculated in their approach over the years, but they really need a spark. They are unlikely to catch the Yankees, and have a true ace in All-Star SP Shane McClanahan, but what about after the Wild Card game? Enter Frankie Montas. The Rays would have him under control for the 2023 season as well and he could change their trajectory, given that they are willing to break away from their normal actions and be bold.

For Oakland, getting a former top-25 prospect, with two very good prospects who are a few years away is something that is extremely attractive. Colmenarez is one of many shortstop prospects that Tampa Bay has stacked up, but in trading for Xavier Edwards and signing Wander Franco for 12 years, they can use him to try and better the team now.

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5. The Mets Make a Statement

Mets get: 3B Rafael Devers

Red Sox get: SP Jacob deGrom, 3B Luis Guillorme

With rumblings that deGrom is going to opt out of his deal, they can look at what their team has done without him and call up RHP Jose Butto to try and maintain his level of minor-league success in Queens. This trade would make the Mets a juggernaut offensively, but would they be willing to part with one of the league's truly great arms (when healthy). If his injury history wasn't a thing, this wouldn't even be able to be a pipe dream.

For the Red Sox, this is really the only way that you can let Rafi go, as he is a cornerstone, but to be able to get a true ace like this doesn't come around every day. Let alone ever. This would take a ton of internal debate on both sides but bold was promised and this would be a fun trade to see!

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Josh obtained his Master's in Sports Analytics from American University. He's a sports handicapper, writer, and stats nerd, as well as an MLB enthusiast. You can follow him on Twitter at @Josh_Weil.


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