June 18, 2024

What MLB player will be moved in 2024? All-Star bat Luis Arraez was the first big name traded before the MLB trade deadline. While we’re months away from the deadline, there are some MLB players that could be traded this summer.

MLB trade deadline 2024 is July 30.

Let’s look at our list of MLB players that could be dealt this summer.

Jazz Chisholm Jr, infielder/outfielder, Miami Marlins

Marlins' Jazz Chisholm Jr. loses in salary arbitration on his 26th birthday  | AP News

 

Jazz Chisholm is one of the next MLB players that officials believe the Miami Marlins may trade. Under contract until 2026, the 26-year-old’s team-friendly contract immediately appeals to clubs. He also has a good power-speed combo and might be another left-handed bat to help a lineup. Chisholm has a su-.250 batting average and OB<under.325 in the last three seasons. However, he has the potential to be an above-average player in the outfield or infield for several years.

Taylor Ward, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels were never going to be buyers at the MLB trade deadline in 2024, and Mike Trout’s injury only served to reinforce that. Los Angeles is unlikely to compete for a time, making Taylor Ward expendable. Already 30 years old, the fact that he is cost-controlled until the 2026 season means Los Angeles can garner more trade value for him. Ward has a.269/.343/.454 slash line in 1,122 plate appearances since the start of the 2022 season, along with a 123 wRC+, 44 home runs, 136 RBI, and a.797 OPS. That’s above-average production in the corner outfield, putting him a strong candidate for a postseason spot.

Pete Alonso, first baseman, New York Mets

The New York Mets traded Pete Alonso at the MLB trade deadline last season, but made it obvious over the winter that a contract extension was not in the works. Despite Alonso’s popularity among Mets supporters, the club’s front staff does not appear to regard him as a part of its future. Any possible return for him would be restricted because he is a half-season rental, but the Mets’ intention to allow him to test free agency signals he is one of the MLB players who could be transferred this summer. Coming off consecutive 40-homer seasons, albeit with an OBP and batting average that have dropped since 2022, Alonso could pique the interest of teams looking for more power.

Mason Miller, closer Oakland Athletics

There is plenty of reason for the Oakland Athletics to explore a Mason Miller deal. While only 25 years old and under contract until 2029, the potential All-Star has a lengthy injury history. Given the quantity of hard-throwing pitchers incapacitated by Tommy John surgery, the Athletics should deal the reliever with several of MLB’s fastest pitches in 2024. Closers aren’t particularly useful for rebuilding clubs, and Miller’s trade value has reached its peak. Plus, World Series contenders will be willing to pay a premium to have Miller in their bullpen in October.

Yusei Kikuchi, starting pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays

With the Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup preventing them from contending, Yusei Kikuchi should be one of the most sought-after starting pitchers at the 2024 MLB trade deadline. Kikuchi, a 32-year-old southpaw, with an impressive 3.65 ERA, 9.72 K/9, 3.77 FIP,.252 batting average allowed, and 19.4 percent K-BB rate over his last 39 starts. Reliable southpaws that generate groundballs (41.3 percent groundball rate) and have a low acquisition cost as a half-season rental attract admirers from general managers looking for mid-rotation starters who do not want to pay a premium for a front-line pitching. If the Blue Jays sell, clubs will follow Kikuchi.

Michael Kopech, relief pitcher, Chicago White Sox

Michael Kopech, once one of baseball’s best prospects, is no longer able to crack one of the worst starting rotations in the MLB. Having said that, the Chicago White Sox will undoubtedly get calls on the right-handed pitcher. Under team control until 2025, Kopech strikes out a lot of batters (33.8 percent strikeout rate) and rarely allows strong contact (.197 batting average allowed), but his 13.5 percent walk percentage in 17.1 innings pitched needs to improve. Kopech can’t be relied on as a closer in October right now, but a multi-inning reliever with strong swing-and-miss ability still has trade value. Given how poor the White Sox are, it would be a great surprise if Kopech is not traded.

Jalen Beeks, reliever, Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have had almost no bright spots in 2024, but they deserve credit for turning Jalen Beeks around. Signed to a one-year contract in November, Beeks has been one of baseball’s most efficient left-handed relievers this season. What’s even more impressive about the 30-year-old is how well he pitches at Coors Field. Beeks — 1.19 WHIP and.183 BAA in 16 innings — would be an excellent addition to a team looking to strengthen its bullpen on a budget.

Alex Bregman, third baseman, Houston Astros

The concept of the Houston Astros becoming sellers at the MLB trade deadline may seem absurd, but this is one of the worst baseball teams in 2024. Furthermore, there has been no indication that Alex Bregman and the Astros front office can agree on a new contract. So he could be one of the most well-known MLB players traded this summer. Bregman has struggled at the plate this season (.202/.284/.269, 65 wRC+), but this is only a 31-game sample. Furthermore, he remains above-average defensively in the hot corner, and there will be plenty of teams hoping to help him turn things around at the plate. If the Astros opt to sell, Bregman should be one of the players they move. Besides, he’d easily be the best infielder available at the MLB trade deadline.

Ryan Helsley, closer, St. Louis Cardinals

Paul Goldschmidt’s startling decline in 2024 makes a trade for him unlikely, and the Nolan Arenado contract is definitely one that no team wants to be involved in. So Ryan Helsley stands out as the St. Louis Cardinals player most likely to attract interest at the MLB trade deadline. Only under club control until 2025, now is the time for St. Louis to trade its closer at optimum value. Given his domination in the Cardinals’ bullpen (1.66 ERA, 12.44 K/0, 0.60 HR/9) since the start of the 2022 season, St. Louis might obtain a good return for one of baseball’s top closers.

Martin Perez, starting pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates

Martin Perez was signed this offseason to provide pitching depth, and he has shown to be one of their top arms in 2024. While the 33-year-old’s WHIP (1.38) indicates that his ERA (3.15) may decrease, he also has a respectable 3.37 Fielding Independent Pitching. The southpaw, who is owed less than $4 million after the MLB trade deadline, will serve as a solid back-end starter for a team in need of innings before October.

Michael Conforto, outfielder, San Francisco Giants

Michael Conforto has had some outstanding performances in his MLB career, including an All-Star selection in 2017 and All-MLB Second Team honors in 2020. For the first time since 2020, he has a.280-plus batting average and an OPS of over.800 this season with the San Francisco Giants. San Francisco isn’t going to dig itself out of a hole this year, so the organization might as well trade the 31-year-old outfielder, who will be a valuable left-handed bat for a contender.

David Bednar, closer, Pittsburgh Pirates

Despite having Paul Skenes in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates remain out of contention. Meanwhile, All-Star closer David Bednar turns 30 in October, and the financial cost of keeping him will rise quickly due to arbitration. Bednar is under contract until 2026, so he’ll have more trade value, and clubs know he’s much better than his results this year suggest. Even if the Pirates miss out on Bednar’s maximal trade value, he could still be traded this summer for a near-MLB-ready bat or starting pitcher.

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