When MLB allows transactions again, several contenders will fiercely try the trade market to improve their teams.
There are a few potential sellers with pieces to offer.
These three blockbuster MLB deals are entirely possible once the lockout is lifted.
3. Chris Bassitt To The Mets
However, the rest of the rotation (even the two stars themselves, really) is full of injury risks.
Carlos Carrasco lost most of the 2021 MLB campaign with a torn hamstring, Taijuan Walker has had his fair share of health issues in his career, David Peterson was injured last season, and Tylor Megill is unproven.
The Mets should be looking for at least one starter when transactions are allowed again.
Chris Bassitt could be available, as the Oakland Athletics enter a rebuild phase.
Bassit is a rental, though, expected to make $8.8 million in his final season before free agency, but the Mets have had success in negotiations recently when it comes to free agents and extensions.
If they acquire him, and he does well in 2022, the Mets could opt to bring him back.
He is a really talented pitcher: last season, he had a 3.15 ERA and 3.3 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in 157.1 innings and 27 starts.
He also struck out 25.0 percent of the hitters he faced.
They haven’t been linked to him yet, but Bassitt to the Mets make sense.
2. Luis Castillo To The Angels
The Cincinnati Reds have teased with trading Luis Castillo for years.
The pitcher is still under 30 and was great last season, even if his final ERA of 3.98 didn’t quite show it.
In 33 starts and 187.2 innings, he struck out 9.21 hitters per nine and had a 3.75 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP).
He also posted 3.7 WAR in the season as a whole, and had a 2.73 ERA since June.
Lots of his early-season miscues can be attributed to the fact the Reds fielded Eugenio Suarez, a third baseman, at the shortstop position, and Castillo was the one who suffered the most due to his groundball tendencies.
Castillo has two years of control, something that interests the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels need to revamp their rotation and adding Castillo would be huge.
If the Angels can sign a guy like Carlos Rodon and trade for one of Luis Castillo or Sonny Gray, I think I’m comfortable saying we’ll grab a wildcard at bare minimum and we’ll have a decent shot at winning the division. As for now, I’m going to reflexively expect disappointment.
— ANAcjb (@ana_cjb) December 5, 2021
Both teams have had preliminary talks.
He is projected to earn $7.6 million next season in arbitration.
1. Matt Olson And Frankie Montas To The Yankees
The New York Yankees and the A’s could make the blockbuster of the offseason.
The Bombers need pitching and a first baseman.
The A’s want to cut salary and have pitching and a stellar first baseman about to get expensive: Matt Olson.
There could be a match.
Olson has two remaining years of team control, 2022 and 2023.
He is projected to make around $12 million in arbitration next season.
He is also coming off a stellar season that saw him hit .271/.371/.540 with 39 homers and 11 RBI.
Frankie Montas, meanwhile, pitched 187 innings of a 3.37 ERA and a 26.6 percent strikeout rate.
He, too, has two years of control remaining.
Trading for Olson and Montas would require the Yankees to send some really good prospects.
Luke Voit, for example, fits that bill (he has three arbitration years left) and would let them replace Olson.
Domingo German also has three control years left.
Freddie Freeman belongs with the Braves and should not go to another team
Very similar to how Carlos Correa, Frankie Montas and Matt Olson belong with the Yankees
— 𝐅𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐊𝐈𝐄 (@FrankiesTwoLoud) December 1, 2021
In any case, a deal is possible.