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MLB trade candidates: Ten players who could use a change of scenery, including Yankees’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa

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We all have jobs that didn’t pan out for one reason or another. Maybe you just couldn’t get on the same page with your co-workers or your skills weren’t used properly, or the commute was too long. Whatever the reason, sometimes things just don’t work out, and you have to go elsewhere to find success and happiness. Nobody has to be wrong. This is just life.

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Baseball is no different. Almost every year, we see a player leave his team through commercial or free agency, and his performance improves almost immediately. Tyler Glasnow is a great example of this. Things weren’t working out for him hackersthen it was traded on rays, and immediately he was a different archer. A new location, a new coaching staff, a new look changed the entire trajectory of his career.

“They gave me so many opportunities and I didn’t see what I could do.” Glasnow said Pittsburgh Post-Gazette After it was traded by pirates. “It’s been bittersweet, but it’s definitely a good opportunity for me to grow.”

There are dozens of candidates to change scenery around the league but only a few get that fresh start each year, and not all of them benefit. Some guys get the chance and never penetrate. It’s a tough sport, baseball. Here are 10 players who could benefit from a new perspective, ranked by how much they need it.

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A year ago, Dalbec looked like a potential building block after a second inning in which he hit . 269/. 344/. 611 with 15 home runs in just 61 games. Severe calling issues befell him in 2022 and he produced a . 215/. 283/. 369 streak with a strike rate of 33.4 percent. Considering the positions he plays, this is well below the minimum acceptable attacking standard. Things got so bad for Dalbec that the Red Sox, a last-place team that should have spent the last few weeks of the season testing young players, sent him down to Triple-A in September. Treston Casas will get a long look at first base next year and Justin Turner has just been signed to be a right corner bat, plus Dalbec would not unseat Raphael Devers for third place. Even if Devers leaves as a free agent next year, Dalbec will turn 28 in June. He doesn’t have another year to wait to get regular playing time, if he gets it at all. He needs a fresh start.

Possible Trade Fits: diamondbacksAnd the giantsAnd the tigers. Dalbec has mostly played first base in the big leagues out of respect for Devers, but he’s a natural third baseman and is the best fullback this side of the Diamonds. The team that allows Dalbec to play his most common and comfortable position, and is willing to live with his swing and miss issues, is the most advantageous.

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Not long ago, Adell was considered one of the top five prospects in the sport. He’s now got a ticket to the third consecutive season at Triple-A because Mike Trout will be flanked by Taylor Ward and Recently acquired Hunter Renfroe On the field, Shuhei Ohtani locked in the DH. Adell, still only 23 years old, is a .271/.335/.542 hitter in 140 Triple-A games. He did everything he needed to at that level. He hasn’t appeared much at the MLB level yet — .215/.260/.356 in 161 games — but Adell is at a point in his career where he needs to be challenged by the big leagues to become a productive big player himself. It wouldn’t happen with angels that prevent an unexpected injury or trade.

Possible Trade Fits: athleticsAnd the Citizens, hackers. Basically any rebuilding team can be patient with a talented young player who has gone through some very painful growing pains thus far.

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Herrera went from being blocked by Yadier Molina to being blocked by Willson Contreras. The Cardinals’ top prospect could replace Andrew Kneisner as the backup catcher soon and gradually start more starts as Contreras gets older and spends more time at DH, But Contreras just signed a four-year contract. Normal bats aren’t being opened anytime soon to prevent injury. Herrera is only 22 years old and has played in a career-high 66 Triple-A games, so a full season at that level in 2023 wouldn’t be the end of the world. The kid is almost ready for MLB, though, and the Cardinals just signed a three-time All-Star to a four-year contract. Herrera has been banned for the foreseeable future.

Possible Trade Fits: AstrosAnd the CubsRed socks. Imagine Contreras going to the Cardinals and St. Louis trading Herrera to the Cubs? It won’t happen, though, as the Cubbies need a catcher. As much as the Astros love Martín Maldonado, he’s 37 and they need to start thinking about a succession plan behind the plate.

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If the season starts today, Kilinick will almost certainly be left field for the Mariners. The club is said to be looking for another player, Even after trading for Teoscar HernandezAnd they are smart to do so. Kilinic has outperformed the big league (. 168/. 251/. 338 in 147 career games) and a team now aggressively chasing a World Series title must want something better and more confident in the outfield corner. spot. It looks like both the Kelenic and the Mariners will benefit from a change of scenery. There is a lot of baggage here. Kelenic arrived from the Mets with a lot of hype and didn’t even stick to it Former team boss Kevin Mather admitted they would fiddle with his service time. You hate to let go of a player this young (24 in July) and so much talent, but sometimes it’s better to move on than to try to force something that doesn’t work.

Possible Trade Fits: redsAnd the RockyAnd the Royals. Similar to Adell, any rebuilding team willing to give Kelenic a long leash and work through things at the MLB level will be the best fit for him.

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This list skews towards young and still Kepler players Feel Young, but he turns 30 in February. It’s fast approaching “it is what it is” territory, if it isn’t already there. The Twins have five candidates for a spot outfield and a DH, and they’re all left-handed hitters: Kepler, newly acquired Joey Gallo, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, and Matt Wallner. except Gallo, who just signedKepler is the oldest and most expensive of the group, making it the obvious commercial candidate. His slick ball helped him hit 36 ​​home runs in 2019 and he’s been trying to get back to that level ever since, and I’m a little disappointed among his fanbase with his career. Looks like Kepler would benefit from a new organization, and the twins have the inner depth to replace it.

Possible Trade Fits: DodgersAnd the noticeAnd the Yankees. It should be noted that Keibler has changed hands in more than 90 percent of his plate appearances in the past three seasons. He should benefit when the shift is over next season, so there is some untapped potential here.

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Acquired in a Joey Gallo trade of 2021 Duran is a Capital B Blocked in Texas. The Rangers are set all over the field for the foreseeable future—Josh Jong at third, Corey Seager at shortstop, Marcus Simien at second, Nate Lowe at first—and Duran is the second and third baseman. Texas has given him some playing time in the field with the minors, though it’s unclear if that’s possible in the long term. Doran is only 23 years old and made his MLB debut this past season after entering the year as a top 100 prospect. He’s an obvious trade chip, especially with a free agent market lacking in quality holders, and the trade would be the next best thing for Duran’s career given the Texans’ apparent lack of playing time.

Possible Trade Fits: righteousnessred socks, white stockings. The Rangers would have no problem finding a business partner for a talented young second/third baseman.

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Perhaps it’s not great for the Red Sox that two players — Dalbec and Duran — were seen as potential starting blocks as recently as a year ago as change of scenery candidates. Duran turned 26 in September and had something of a Quad-A game: .272/.353/.503 in 128 Triple-A games and .210/.269/.354 in 91 MLB games. He had trouble with big league speed and some defensive troubles in center field as well, and there were times when the Red Sox seemed frustrated with playing a turnover. Masataka Yoshida, Enrique Hernandez, and Alex Verdugo don’t exactly make a strong field, so Duran can still play in the mix, though I wonder if he’s really reached the end of his rope with Boston. The new team could be a welcome change.

Possible Trade Fits: Dodgers, Giants, Marlins. With Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Nimmo signed, the free agent position market is a wasteland, and it’s not like it’s easy to trade in a good position player either. Duran Duran’s time with the Red Sox may be getting old, but the market numbers work in their favor and pay them a nice return if they decide to move on.

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Through no fault of his own, Kiner-Falefa became a lightning rod in his first year with the Yankees. He didn’t make the Yankees pass Carlos Correa or Corey Seager in the most recent offseason, or call up Oswald Peraza, a top prospect in September, but play him scantly. Kiner-Falefa has been the same player in 2022 as ever, which means a below-average hitter with short range but a talent for errors. He’s been benched at times in the postseason and the Yankees seem willing to give the shortstop to Peraza (or Anthony Volpe), and losing playing time isn’t something Kenner-Valeva needs as he enters the year of his contract. He is a useful player who is as useful as a miss at the start. Returning to the Yankees in 2023 looks like it’s going to invite a lot of bad vibes.

Possible Trade Fits: Marlins, Twins, Rockies. For Kiner-Falefa, the best fit is a team in a low-pressure environment that can put him at shortstop or third base full-time and allow him to play. The Yankees put him in a tough spot this past season.

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As things stand, Peterson is no higher than sixth on the New York spin depth chart behind Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Jose Quintana, Carlos Carrasco and Koday Singa. May also be seventh behind Taylor Miguel. Peterson did well last season while swinging between spinner, bullpen, and Triple-A. The Mets are giving him a great shot in the World Series ring, no doubt, but Peterson has just turned 27 and I think he’d love the chance to start full-time and really establish himself in the big leagues. The team faces some age-related risks in their rotation, so keeping Peterson would be smart, but you can also understand why he would welcome a trade at a club willing to give him the rotation spot, no questions asked.

Possible Trade Fits: giants parents, twins. As a light-hearted starting pitcher with four more years of team control, Peterson would fit in on almost any team. The Mets wouldn’t have any problems finding business partners if they really put Peterson on the block.

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The 2022 season was a year to forget for the Luthers. He allowed 101 runs in 123 triple innings, and while it was in a friendly hitting environment in El Paso — El Paso hit . 284/. 365/. 485 as a team in 2022 — Scouting reports matched the numbers. The weather wasn’t crisp and generally not very impressive. The Padres are tender in the back of the rotation, so they need Weathers, but they’ve also struggled to finish developing young pitchers at the MLB level. Eric Lauer, Chris Paddack, and Cal Quantrill all stopped or moved back in San Diego, then Lauer and Quantrill went elsewhere and improved (Paddack, who was traded to the Twins, had Tommy John surgery in May). A fresh start at a new enterprise known for developing shooters will benefit Weathers.

Possible Trade Fits: Brewers, Cardinals, Rays. Like I said, teams with a proven track record of developing shooters would be Weathers’ best bet. He’s talented, left-handed, and just turned 23 this past weekend. I’m sure the teams will line up to get him off the Padres.

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