Here's the 2023 All-Trade Rumor Team (with 1 BIG name)

March 26th, 2023

This offseason saw a number of notable trades, but as we prepare for the final countdown to Opening Day, the trade market is bound to heat up again before we know it.

Impact players such as Teoscar Hernández and Sean Murphy will be wearing new uniforms this season, though just because a player begins the season with one club doesn’t mean he won’t be sporting new threads at some point during the regular season.

A trade or two might take place early in the season -- injuries can often prompt general managers to become more aggressive than they otherwise might be -- but as the weeks and months go by, the rumor mill will assuredly churn with trade concepts as contenders begin to separate themselves from pretenders.

For the fifth consecutive year, has put together an “All-Trade-Rumor Team,” one position at a time, looking at the key players whose names figure to be bandied about between now and the Trade Deadline.

C: Travis d’Arnaud, Braves

The Braves’ acquisition of Murphy left Atlanta with a pair of solid options behind the plate, and the club’s plan appears to be to play both catchers regularly, taking advantage of the designated hitter spot to keep them in the lineup together. That said, should the Braves need to fill a hole as the Trade Deadline approaches, that depth could come in handy.

Buzz factor: Low. d’Arnaud -- one of the Braves’ key clubhouse leaders --is set to earn $8 million in 2023 and has an $8 million club option for 2024, one that seems unlikely to be picked up as Murphy’s salary jumps from $4 million to $9 million in '24. GM Alex Anthopoulos has said he doesn’t plan on trading d’Arnaud, but things can always change.

1B: C.J. Cron, Rockies

Cron has been quite productive during his two years with the Rockies, hitting 28 and 29 home runs in 2021 and ’22 while reaching the 100-RBI mark last season for the first time in his career. Cron has thrived outside of Colorado, as well, averaging 28 home runs in each of the past four full 162-game seasons. Entering the second year of his two-year, $14.5 million deal, Cron could be a solid trade chip for Colorado if the Rockies are out of the race leading up to the deadline.

Buzz factor: Medium. It seems unlikely that the Rockies will contend in the difficult NL West, and Cron isn’t the type of player expected to receive a qualifying offer, making a midseason trade a distinct possibility.

2B: Gleyber Torres, Yankees

With two years of arbitration eligibility remaining, Torres could be part of the Yankees’ plans in both 2023 and ‘24, but he’s set to earn $9.95 million this season and even more next year. He bounced back with a solid season in ‘22, but he hasn’t approached his ‘18-19 All-Star form over the past three seasons. Given the presence of DJ LeMahieu (who doesn’t have a starting spot) and the emergence of youngsters Oswald Peraza, Anthony Volpe and Oswaldo Cabrera, the Yankees could decide to deal Torres to fill another hole.

Buzz factor: Low. The Yankees seem content to use LeMahieu in a jack-of-all-trades role, keeping Torres as their everyday second baseman -- for now. Given Volpe’s strong spring, it wouldn’t be a shock to see New York try him at second base next to Peraza at shortstop. Carlos Rodón’s injury -- which came on the heels of Frankie Montas’ shoulder surgery -- could challenge the rotation’s depth, and if the Yankees decide they need another arm, Torres could represent an attractive trade chip.

SS: Amed Rosario, Guardians

Rosario is set to become a free agent at the end of 2023, and while he and Andrés Giménez are set to start the season as the team’s middle-infield combo, Rosario will earn $7.8 million in his final year of arbitration -- a significant figure for a club that finished ‘22 with a payroll around $60 million. Brayan Rocchio, the club’s No. 6 prospect and MLB Pipeline’s No. 75 overall prospect, could be ready to assume a regular role before too long, opening the door for a trade.

Buzz factor: Medium. Cleveland is not a club that can typically afford to take on salaries at the Trade Deadline, making Rosario a potential trade chip if the Guardians feel they need to upgrade elsewhere this summer.

3B: Gio Urshela, Angels

Acquired in a trade with the Twins this offseason, Urshela figures to be a utility player for the Angels, backing up a number of infield positions. But the 31-year-old has proven that he can handle the hot corner, and given his free-agent status at the end of the season, Urshela could become a valuable trade chip for the Halos during the season.

Buzz factor: Low. Los Angeles has high hopes for the 2023 season and isn’t likely to subtract from the roster if the club is in contention for a postseason spot. If the playoff drought looks to extend yet another year, however, a versatile player such as Urshela could be in demand come summer.

OF: Bryan Reynolds, Pirates

Reynolds will continue to appear on any list of trade candidates until he is eventually dealt, though with three years of club control, the Pirates are in no rush to move the talented center fielder. Reynolds expressed his desire to be traded this offseason, but unless the Bucs get an offer they simply can’t refuse, the club is likely to hang on to the 2021 All-Star until its asking price is met.

Buzz factor: Medium. The entire baseball world assumes Reynolds will be traded at some point, though the Pirates continue to discuss a possible extension with their center fielder. Even if he’s ultimately dealt, the window for such a trade to take place is lengthy. It could take a major injury for a contender to pony up the players the Pirates are seeking, but given Pittsburgh’s situation and Reynolds’ request to leave, anything is possible.

OF: Ramón Laureano, A's

The A’s rebuild continued this offseason when they traded Murphy to Atlanta, leaving Laureano as Oakland’s most logical trade chip. The 28-year-old, who will earn $3.55 million in 2023 and is arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter, is a strong defender in both center and right field. His offensive production has been inconsistent since the start of ‘20, but he showed early in his career that he’s capable of more than that. A change of scenery could help bring the best out of Laureano.

Buzz factor: Low -- at least for now. The A's have traded most of their established veterans during the past two years, and with some youngsters such as Esteury Ruiz and Conner Capel waiting in the wings, it would hardly be a surprise to see Oakland move Laureano at some point to shed his salary.

OF: Tyler O’Neill, Cardinals

St. Louis showed its willingness to deal from its Major League roster last summer when it traded Harrison Bader to the Yankees for Jordan Montgomery, and even after making that move, the outfield remained the club’s biggest area of depth. O’Neill was limited to 96 games last year thanks to a variety of injuries, though his production when he did play paled in comparison to his strong 2021 season.

Buzz factor: Low. With Dylan Carlson, Lars Nootbaar and Juan Yepez on the roster -- and prospects Jordan Walker (MLB Pipeline’s No. 4 overall prospect) and Alec Burleson knocking at the door, the Cardinals could use O’Neill -- who is slated to become a free agent after the 2024 season -- to address another need before the Trade Deadline.

DH: Shohei Ohtani, Angels

The Angels emphasized their intention to keep Ohtani this winter, shooting down any talk of an offseason trade. But what if Los Angeles finds itself out of the race by May or June? The demand for Ohtani would be enormous, igniting a bidding war for the two-way superstar. Ohtani’s $30 million salary in 2023 is high, though it wouldn’t stop a number of teams from pursuing him for a second-half run to the postseason.

Buzz factor: High. This is not to say that people expect Ohtani to be dealt, but should the Angels make him available, he would immediately become the most highly sought-after trade candidate in years (or decades?). If the Angels don’t think they can retain him at the end of the season and aren’t true postseason contenders, it would be crazy for them not to entertain the idea of bringing back a haul of prospects for Ohtani.

SP: Corey Kluber, Red Sox

The Red Sox signed Kluber to a one-year, $10 million deal for 2023 (plus an $11 million option for 2024) with the hopes that the former two-time American League Cy Young Award winner could help turn Boston back into a playoff team following a last-place finish in 2022. The AL East looks to be one of the deepest and most competitive divisions in the game once again, so a lot will have to go right for the Red Sox to put themselves in contention by this summer.

Buzz factor: Low. The option in Kluber’s deal suggests that Boston might want him around for two years, but if the Sox are struggling and the soon-to-be 37-year-old is healthy and pitching well, a contender might be willing to part with young talent for a tested, veteran arm.

RP: Trevor May, A's

May’s one-year, $7 million contract makes him the highest-paid player on Oakland’s roster this season, and while the A’s only signed him this winter, the idea of them flipping him prior to the deadline makes perfect sense given the club’s rebuilding status.

Buzz factor: Medium. May isn’t a proven closer, but plenty of solid set-up men are moved prior to the Trade Deadline every year. Oakland is likely headed for another season at or near the bottom of the AL West, so if a contender comes calling with a solid return for May, he could very well find himself pitching in a pennant race for a new club.