MLB's off-season is in full swing, with all 30 teams currently plotting their winter chess moves as we speak. This season's free-agent class is more exciting than recent years, but that market is not the only avenue teams have to improve. Let's take a look at some guys who could find themselves on the trading block.
Yankees' first baseman Luke Voit led the league in home runs during the pandemic shortened 2020 season, but the last 12 months have gone very differently for the right-handed slugger. Four separate trips to the injured list limited Voit to only 68 games last year, and when he was on the field he just was not the same offensive threat he was a season earlier. In 213 at-bats he slashed just .239/.328/.437 with only 11 homers. New York is clearly looking to reshuffle its deck this winter, and if they add an infielder the most likely scenario has D.J. LeMahieu moving to first base and leaving Voit the odd man out. If they do make him available in trade discussions, multiple teams will assuredly jump at the opportunity to add his run production potential.
Last summer the Cubs finally embarked on the massive retooling many expected them to undergo, trading away World Series heroes Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez among others. Catcher Willson Contreras remained in Chicago through the end of 2021, but it's far from certain he'll begin next season in the Windy City. He's the last piece the Cubs could trade away for a significant return, and dynamic two-way backstops don't grow on trees. Plenty of teams would engage the Cubs if they really made him available, an outcome that is more likely than not.