Madison Bumgarner

5 MLB Stars Most Likely to Be Traded This Season

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Not every contending team in baseball has every piece they need to compete for a World Series title in 2019, but there's always an opportunity to get that much-needed player in a late-season trade. Buyers at the deadline may not be the teams that most people would expect, but there are a few players on potentially non-contending teams who could easily have a role on any team in need of help for a possible World Series run. Here are the five players that are most likely to be traded during the 2019 season.

5. Zack Wheeler, SP, New York Mets

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The Mets made it clear they're in win-now mode, but if things happen to go south like they did over the past two seasons, the club could end up sellers once the trade deadline rolls around. Wheeler, who will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season, put up ace-caliber numbers in the second half of last season and could be an excellent trade chip if he continues to dominate in 2019. 

4. Scooter Gennett, 2B, Cincinnati Reds

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Scooter Gennett has arguably been the best second baseman in the Majors not named Jose Altuve since joining the Reds in 2017. The 28-year-old middle infielder has produced at an elite  level for a player at his position over the past two years, slashing .303/.351/.508 with 50 homers and 189 RBI. Power like that out of a second baseman comes at a premium these days and it wouldn't be surprising if a contending team in need of an infielder trades for his impact bat. 

3. Starlin Castro, 2B, Miami Marlins

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The Marlins are clearly intent on rebuilding over the next couple years and Starlin Castro is probably the club's best trade chip now that J.T. Realmuto is out of Miami. The four-time All-Star is a lifetime .281 hitter with solid gap pop (32 doubles, 12 homers in 2018) that's capable of above-average defense at both middle infield positions. He'd also be more than just a rental for any team that acquires him thanks to a club option for 2020.

2. Nicholas Castellanos, OF, Detroit Tigers

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Trade rumors have been swirling around Castellanos for almost a calendar year now, but 2019 could finally be the year he finds his way out of Detroit. The 27-year-old has been rocksteady over the past two seasons despite the lack of talent surrounding him, slashing .285/.337/.495 with 190 RBI over the last two seasons. Castellanos would also bring much-valued versatility to his new team, able to play both in the outfield and at the hot corner if need be. 

1. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

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Injuries have been an issue for Bumgarner over the past two seasons, but when he's healthy, he's one of the best pitchers the game has to offer. The 29-year-old lefty owns a career 3.03 ERA and is capable of handling a heavy workload, having pitched at least 200 innings a season between 2011 and 2016. Oh, and the guy can absolutely rake too. As long as he stays healthy during what's expected to be another down year in San Francisco, expect Bumgarner to be the biggest name dealt at the deadline.

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