If he finishes the season on a hot streak, he could be an enticing offseason trade piece for Texas, which is mired well under .500 and should try to bolster a farm system we ranked No. He's also nearing his final year of arbitration before he reaches free agency. A 27-year-old two-time All-Star, Bogaerts has eight home runs, eight doubles and an .855 OPS and would be an attractive option for multiple clubs. Kyle Schwarber is another Cub who's ticketed for free agency after the 2021 season and could be on the trading block. Kyle Schwarber has a $604,500 salary in the major leagues as part of the one-year contract the Cubs announced last weekend. Arenado signed an eight-year, $260 million extension with the Rox in February 2019. Arenado remained with Colorado, and the Rockies are fighting for a playoff spot. Rays' Kiermaier back in lineup for ALCS Game 7, Dodgers' Taylor (ankle) out of Game 6 lineup, Astros rekindle memories of '04 Red Sox in ALCS, Fenway first: Ballpark becomes voting venue, Ex-Angels employee indicted in Skaggs' OD death, MLB players extend COVID-free streak to 47 days, MLB Playoffs Daily: Can Braves eliminate Dodgers, plus climactic Astros-Rays Game 7, Could the 2020 Astros join the 2004 Red Sox on Saturday? The team is contending for the AL Central crown behind its superlative pitching staff in 2020 and held on to Lindor at the deadline. All rights reserved (About Us). Schwarber slumped to a .211 average with 30 homers and 59 RBIs last year and was demoted to the minors for 11 games in late June and early July.

So what would it take for the Yankees to get Schwarber? According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Rangers' demand was two of outfielder Clint Frazier and pitching prospects Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt. All statistics accurate as of Saturday and courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs. The anatomy of a 3-0 comeback, MLB Friday Takeaways: Dodgers deliver, beat Braves to earn Game 7, How MLB old school beat new: Inside the Astros' big inning that won Game 6, Passan: MLB's most wonderful 2020 playoffs moment? Aaron Hicks to return from Tommy John surgery.

Translation: The M's won't trade Seager just to trade him.

Still, he's one of the game's brightest talents.

With the departure of Didi Gregorius to the Philadelphia Phillies, Gardner and Tauchman could be the only left-handed hitters on New York’s Opening Day roster. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Yankees have talked to the Chicago Cubs about outfielder Kyle Schwarber. The premise for a Yankees-Cubs deal is rather simple.

Lynn will turn 34 in May and will earn $9.3 million in 2021 before reaching free agency. The six-year, $120 million extension Bogaerts signed with Boston in April 2019 affords him a full no-trade clause once he's accrued seven years of service time, which he will have done heading into this offseason. Multiple members of the core that won them a championship in 2016 and has them in first place in the NL Central are set to hit free agency after the 2021 season, and the Cubs may not be able to afford to keep them all. He's owed $18.5 million in 2021 with a $15 million team option for 2022 that becomes a player option if he's traded. He earned $542,205.

Arenado can opt out of his contract after the 2021 season. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. This offseason, however, will be the time for Cleveland to trade him. Schwarber’s power would, in theory, play well in the Bronx, given Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field. The Cubs have used him just five times in that role this season even with the universal DH. He dropped off in 2020 batting just .188 with an OPS of .701. Chicago’s four RBI leaders from last year — Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber — hit .203, .206, .222 and .188. That's not chump change, but he would represent an upgrade at the hot corner for an array of contenders, including Atlanta. The return would need to be substantial. He missed most of the 2016 season after tearing his left ACL during an outfield collision with teammate Dexter Fowler. So who exactly will the Cubs try to trade? Kyle Schwarber is another Cub who's ticketed for free agency after the 2021 season and could be on the trading block.

He's a versatile defender who can play the infield and outfield and is locked into an affordable contract that runs through 2023 with a $10.5 million club option in its final season. Chicago needs starting pitching, so perhaps trade talks start with Deivi Garcia, the top prospect in the Yankees’ organization. The 26-year-old hit a career-high 38 home runs in 2019. But Lynn was a top-five AL Cy Young Award finisher in 2019 and owns a 2.67 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 57.1 innings this year. Contract information courtesy of Spotrac. Throw in third baseman Miguel Andujar and you might have the makings of a blockbuster deal to bring some much-needed balance to the Yankees’ lineup in 2020. The 26-year-old Gallo was an All-Star in 2019 when he swatted 22 home runs with a .986 OPS in 70 games before a broken hamate bone in his right wrist cut his season short. MESA, Ariz. -- Kyle Schwarber has a $604,500 salary in the major leagues as part of the one-year contract the Chicago Cubs announced last weekend. The outfielder's salary would drop to $271,150 while in the minor leagues as part of the split contract. The Milwaukee Brewers are hovering around .500 and in the mix for a National League playoff spot.

He can also opt out after 2022. Whit Merrfield has paced baseball in hits each of the past two seasons and has eight doubles and seven home runs in 2020.

Not all of these guys will necessarily swap laundry before the 2021 campaign commences, but any of them could. That said, considering he's got two seasons left before he reaches free agency, the Brewers will have no urgency to move him for anything less than a king's ransom. That's a steep ask, and New York passed. But in January, he expressed unhappiness with the club, telling MLB.com's Thomas Harding, "There's a lot of disrespect from people there that I don't want to be a part of.". With that possibility looming, this offseason would be the moment for the Rockies to get a strong return in prospects and/or MLB-ready pitchers. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). If they reach the dance, they'll be glad to have closer Josh Hader. Schwarber is on track to be eligible for salary arbitration next winter.

to sell high on a player who would interest any number of suitors but could be into his mid-30s before the Royals field their next playoff team. The chances that penny-pinching Cleveland will ink him to an extension or sign him once he hits the market are slim at best.

The Texas Rangers were involved in multiple pre-deadline rumors involving right-hander Lance Lynn (more on him in a moment) and slugger Joey Gallo. A contender with deep pockets and prospects to spare could acquire him and then try to extend him the way the Dodgers did with Betts. But expect the five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner to feature in more rumors this offseason. If the Rangers revisit a trade this offseason, they may have to lower their demands. Given his struggles, his trade stock may not be at an all-time high this offseason. Schwarber returned for the World Series and helped the Cubs win their first title since 1908. Putting Schwarber in left field would allow the Yankees to keep Stanton at DH. Both stayed put, but expect their names to pop up in trade talk again this offseason. The stretch run of the 2020 MLB season should provide ample drama, as clubs jockey for position in the expanded 16-team playoff field and push toward a wild October. After a poor season from Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, ... Three out of the four players excluding Rizzo will be in the last year of their contract in the 2021 season. The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the American League East. It represents a slight raise from last year, when his contract was for $565,500 in the majors and $261,000 in the minors. The nature of the latest conversations also is not new. But the minus-11 defensive runs saved he's posted in his career as an outfielder speak to his shortcomings with the leather. And if they do, it will measurably shift baseball's balance of power. In January, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported the Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals had gotten deep enough into discussions to exchange names.

Follow him on Twitter @rosenstein73. So, naturally, Merrifield's name features frequently in trade speculation. According to Statcast, Schwarber's 94.1 mph average exit velocity is the fourth-highest in baseball. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Yet the Brewers' asking price has reportedly remained sky-high, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. That could hamper the Sox's efforts to move him, though it's not a given Bogaerts would block a trade to a contender, and he'd still have at least two years (at $20 million per) remaining on his deal.

Assuming he does, it seems likely the 29-year-old would seek a landing spot other than Colorado. and up to now Kansas City has resisted the urge to deal him. And, as with Lindor, the club that acquired Arenado could then seek to sign him to an extension. Will Smith homering off Will Smith, Ranking 35 trades that shaped the Rays, Astros, Dodgers and Braves, Baseball keeps losing legends in 2020, and Joe Morgan might have been the smallest and mightiest of them all, 2021 MLB draft order set by 2020 standings, How the Rays are winning big without spending big money, MLB offseason preview: What's next for teams already out of the playoffs. After re-signing Brett Gardner, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn’t desperate to add another outfielder to the roster. Sticking with the Rangers, they also apparently discussed Lance Lynn with multiple teams, including the New York Yankees.

The 28-year-old won NL MVP honors in 2016 and was an All-Star last season with 31 homers and a .903 OPS. That's not chump change, but he would represent an upgrade at the hot corner for an array of contenders, including Atlanta. He's owed $18.5 million in 2021 with a $15 million team option for 2022 that becomes a player option if he's traded. The 32-year-old third baseman has an .816 OPS with five home runs and 10 doubles this season. That could change this winter, but it would probably require a suitor to pay handsomely in prospects and MLB-ready talent.

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