While it could still be too soon to tell, the 2021 MLB trade deadline could end up being one of the most exciting in recent memory. The biggest reason is that there is no shortage of high-end MLB trade deadline candidates in 2021.
Teams like the Cubs, Twins, and Nationals are all poised to be sellers, which has put a lot of impactful players on the market.
MLB trade deadline candidates 2021
While there’s no guarantee that all of them will be traded, there are almost too many marquee players on the trade block to name. But if everyone who has been discussed in MLB trade rumors ends up being traded, these will be the best players to be traded before the 2021 deadline.
The mere suggestion that Jose Berrios could be traded undoubtedly caused the Twins to receive a lot of calls about him. Since he’s still under contract for next season, the Twins don’t have to trade him. That will also cause the price for him to go up because he’s under team control in 2022 and rocking a 3.48 ERA this year.
The Twins have reportedly been unsuccessful in getting Buxton to agree to an extension. That has increased the likelihood that he’ll be moved.
While he’s still on the IL and has missed a lot of time this year, Byron Buxton has performed like an elite two-way player when healthy.
The fact that Kyle Gibson has had such a great year could be a blessing for the Rangers.
He’s under contract for 2022 at a reasonable rate for a pitcher who’s performed like a frontline starter. Texas should be able to score a king’s ransom for him.
Unfortunately, Trevor Story isn’t having his best year.
However, he’ll be a free agent this winter and there’s almost no way the Rockies can afford to re-sign him. He’s sound defensively and a better hitter than he’s shown this year, so Colorado would be foolish not to trade him.
Teams were no doubt freaking out when they heard that Washington would listen to offers for Trea Turner.
He was an all-star for the first time this year and one of the best players in baseball in 2020. If he goes to a contender, he could make a huge difference down the stretch.
There are some good relievers available, but nobody on Craig Kimbrel’s level.
The Cubs will ask a huge price for him because he won’t be a free agent this winter. But for any team that needs bullpen help, which is every team, Kimbrel is the gold standard.
Javier Baez is just one of several shortstops available at the deadline. He’s had some ups and downs this year, but between his defense and his power, a lot of teams would be happy to have him.
It’s unclear if Texas will actually pull the trigger on a deal involving Joey Gallo. But it won’t be because of a lack of suitors.
Several teams have been connected with Gallo in the rumor mill, as he brings incredible power and a lot of defensive flexibility to the table.
It actually looks like Max Scherzer might be traded, especially with indications that he would waive his no-trade clause.
He would undoubtedly be the best starting pitcher to be traded and could be the difference between being a contender and being a champion.
It’s almost certain that Kris Bryant will be traded before the deadline. He’s had a great bounce-back season after a poor 2020 campaign.
Also, his defensive versatility will make him a great fit for several teams.