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5 MLB Players Who Could Be Traded This Season

By Ian McCafferty
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The MLB season is just over a month old, but we're already getting a pretty good read on which teams are contenders and which are going to be vying for a high draft pick next year. While we're still pretty far away from the July 31 trade deadline, we can begin to speculate which players may be on the move over the next three months.

We've got players who need a fresh start, good players on bad teams and even a possible ground shaking mega-deal. Here are five players who might be changing teams this season.

1. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

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After two years dealing with unlucky injuries, Bumgarner has finally begun to return to form now that he's healthy. Unfortunately, he is now stuck on a terrible Giants team with an anemic offense. The Giants desperately need a better farm system after all the win-now moves they've made over the past 10 years and getting a haul for their ace would be a good start. Bumgarner can definitely help any team that's looking to compete for and in the playoffs. Maybe the Mariners or Rays are interested. After all, we know how good "MadBum" is in the postseason.

2. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox

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This is a trade that would shake the baseball world to its core given the fact that the Red Sox just locked Bogaerts up with a six-year extension at the end of March. But look closer and, due to an opt-out, his extension is only really a three-year deal. His numbers have dropped to start the season and, who knows, the Red Sox were allegedly hosting offers for Bogaerts in the offseason. If someone comes in with a sweet enough deal the Red Sox might just pull the trigger. Boston has blown up its team during an unsuccessful season before. If they keep tanking, it's not out of the question.

3. Zack Wheeler, SP, New York Mets

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It seems like the Mets almost trade Wheeler every single year. Without a contract extension in place past 2019, this might finally be the year Wheeler leaves for real. He hasn't been incredible so far this season, but by the time the deadline rolls around, teams look for any available pitcher they can get. Don't forget that Wade Miley and Scott Feldman have been sought after deadline pitchers before. If the Mets can't prove they're winners by July, look for them to flip Wheeler for more prospects.

4. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals

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Rendon is on the last year of his contract with the Nationals and could provide a jolt to a lineup somewhere else in the league. By all accounts, contract extension talks with him and the team have dried up. Washington probably doesn't want to watch Rendon leave for nothing in the offseason a year after losing Bryce Harper. Rendon is a prime trade deadline target if Washington isn't in contention.

5. Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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Abreu getting traded feels less of an "if" and more of a "when." He's on a one-year deal with the White Sox and Chicago doesn't appear to be very good this year. It's the daily-double of trade signals. The White Sox have been great at flipping players for prospects and they should certainly be able to get a haul from an offense-needy contender later in the year.

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