Having an All-Star on your team doesn't always equate to winning in baseball. While they can certainly be the cornerstone building block of a great team and franchise, they can't do it all on their own. And when a situation like that arises, many teams look to trade said All-Star in an effort to reload and rebuild.
Of course, a lack of wins isn't always the reason to trade an All-Star, sometimes it's monetary. Whether it's a small market team that can't afford a contract extension or a player that hasn't lived up to the value of a huge contract they previously signed. Regardless, there are a handful of reasons why a team would attempt to move on from an All-Star caliber player.
With that in mind, let's take a look at current or former All-Stars that could be traded in 2020.
1. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
When Nolan Arenado signed a massive eight-year, $260 million contract extension with the Rockies last February, it was believed he would play out the rest of his career as their franchise cornerstone. While that's an enormous commitment, Arenado had the numbers to justify being worth every penny. A career .295 hitter coming off five consecutive 30-plus home runs seasons and the best defensive third basemen in all of baseball (has now won seven Gold Gloves, every year of his career), Arenado had it all. Fast forward to this winter and trade rumors have been swirling. After a disappointing 2019 season that saw the Rockies miss the playoffs, Arenado turned another great Arenado-type season. His contract surely limits which teams can take him on in a trade though, but there have been rumblings of teams like the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals as possible landing spots.
2. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
Kris Bryant will need a new contract in the next two years. After Bryant's arbitration case was recently ruled in the Cubs' favor in extending his impending free agency until after the 2021 season, Bryant's trade value has risen a bit. While the Cubs' third basemen didn't have an MVP-caliber year in 2019, he still put up really solid numbers (.282 BA and 31 home runs). The Cubs seem to be set on moving him at some point after a disappointing year last season, but like Arenado, only a certain number of teams will have the ability to take on a player that earns or is set to earn his type of money.
3. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
The Indians have fallen off big time since their World Series appearance in 2016, but many still consider Francisco Lindor the best overall shortstop in baseball. While Lindor agreed to a $17.5 million deal with the Indians to avoid arbitration earlier this year, and could be in the same spot a year from now, it's been heavily reported the Indians are unable or unwilling to give the 26-year-old shortstop the massive long-term contract he will be seeking. Lindor could fetch one of the biggest returns of any player in baseball given his age and talent level. And with the Indians trading off a number of their top players already, it wouldn't be a shock to see him moved at some point in the next year.
4. Whit Merrifield, 2B, Kansas City Royals
Quite possibly the best payer that your casual MLB fan has likely never heard of, Whit Merrifield is one of the all-time do-it-all guys. However, because he plays for the lowly Kansas City Royals, Merrifield has been on the trade block for what seems like years now. With the skillset to help almost any team in the league, 2020 could be the year Kansas City finally deals the Royals' star player in an effort to grab everything they can to strengthen their farm system for the future.
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