In a normal year, the baseball world would be preparing to head to the Winter Meetings next week. This, as has been said ad nauseam, has been anything but a normal year.
While we won’t all be working the lobby in Dallas as rumors swirl, that doesn’t mean teams won’t be in deep discussions about trades. There are teams who have the kind of prospects to potentially participate in a blockbuster and there are teams who could just use prospects in smaller deals to improve the big league roster or add depth. Many possibilities will undoubtedly be discussed and it remains to be seen just how many general managers pull the trigger on a trade. Here’s one prospect from each organization who could change teams if the terms are right as those trade talks heat up.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Gabriel Moreno, C (No. 8)
The youngest of the five catchers on Toronto’s 40-man roster after the club added him in November, Moreno, 20, is a rising star in the system and earns rave reviews from club officials for his rapid development and overall potential on both sides of the ball. He was a standout at the Blue Jays’ alternate training site this past summer, after a full-season debut in which he batted .280/.337/.485 with 12 homers in 82 games.
Orioles: Alexander Wells, LHP (No. 19)
Wells pitched well in Double-A as a starter and was really effective as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League in 2019, and the O’s value the Australian lefty enough to have added him to the 40-man roster this offseason. While Baltimore is still in rebuilding mode and is more likely to add prospects than send them away, there is some pitching depth at the upper levels now, leaving someone like Wells perhaps a bit more expendable.
Rays: Vidal Bruján, 2B/SS (No. 3/MLB No. 41)
Bruján, 22, and 21-year-old Xavier Edwards (No. 4/MLB No. 67) have very similar profiles as they are both advanced switch-hitters with plus speed who can also play either middle-infield position -- albeit while profiling better long term at the keystone. Bruján’s 40-man roster status and upper-level experience arguably make him the more attractive trade candidate, especially for a team looking for a speedy long-term solution up the middle.
Red Sox: Bobby Dalbec, 3B/1B (No. 3/MLB No. 100)
Dalbec's power, arm and third-base defense are assets, and he homered eight times in 80 at-bats during his big league debut this summer. He could be part of the Red Sox's future, but he's also blocked by Rafael Devers at third base and could be used to acquire some much-needed pitching.
Yankees: Luis Gil, RHP (No. 5)
The Yankees have won just one World Series in the last 20 seasons, leaving them a year shy of matching their biggest dry spell ever, so maybe they're itching to make a deal for the present. They have a deep supply of live young arms, including Gil, who can reach triple digits with riding action on his fastball and he has a power breaking ball with slider velocity and curveball shape.