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It took a few months, but it finally happened. Both Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel have signed MLB contracts and will make their 2019 season debuts sooner rather than later.
While this is good news for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves, it also means that all of the other teams that were interested in signing either of the two former All-Stars must now look to the trade market to potentially fill that void.
With that in mind, here are three starting pitchers that are the most likely to be on the move next.
3. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
Noah Syndergaard has been discussed as a potential trade chip for the Mets for some time now. While Jacob deGrom was awarded with a contract extension, Syndergaard has yet to receive any sort of long-term commitment from the Mets. Currently two games below .500 and five games out in the NL East, look for the Mets to try to flip the 26-year-old flamethrower for some young, controllable assets, if they slip further out of the playoff race.
2. Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers
Matthew Boyd has put up impressive numbers for the Tigers so far this season. Despite pitching for a team that is already 13 games below .500, Boyd has gone 5-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts. With the Tigers far from contention, they could capitalize on Boyd's early-season production, and trade him for to a contender while his value is still at an all-time high.
1. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Despite a slow start to the 2019 season (3-5, 4.05 ERA), Madison Bumgarner is seemingly the top pitching asset available for a team looking to make a deep postseason run in 2019, based on his track record. With the Giants firmly in the basement of the NL West standings, and the big lefty set to be a free-agent at season's end, MadBum is the most likely starting pitcher to be traded prior to the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline.
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