MLB trade deadline day is upon us!
Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Friday to finalize any deals, and with no more August waiver-trade window, this is the last real opportunity for contenders to put the finishing touches on their rosters for the stretch run.
We've already seen a flurry of activity in the days leading up to the deadline, with 2021 All-Star selections Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Joey Gallo and Adam Frazier, along with longtime Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, among the notable players who have found new homes.
However, there are still a lot of big names in play on the trade block, and it's shaping up to be one of the busiest deadline days in recent memory as a result.
Ahead you'll find one final round of predictions for the biggest blockbuster deadline deals as well as a quick list of some notable trade candidates we're predicting will stay put.
Before we move onto some blockbuster trade predictions, these are the notable trade candidates I'm predicting will stay put at this year's deadline:
RHP Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
RHP German Marquez, Colorado Rockies
LHP John Means, Baltimore Orioles
RHP Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves
SS Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
1B Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles
2B/OF Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland
OF Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates
SS Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
Kyle Gibson to the Toronto Blue Jays
To TOR: RHP Kyle Gibson
To TEX: RHP Adam Kloffenstein, IF/OF Otto Lopez, RHP Yosver Zulueta
The Toronto Blue Jays will once again have work to do rebuilding their starting rotation during the offseason.
Veterans Robbie Ray and Steven Matz are both headed for free agency, leaving Hyun Jin Ryu and rookie standout Alek Manoah as the only locks for a spot in 2022.
Texas Rangers ace Kyle Gibson would bolster the rotation for this year's wild-card push, while also helping to plug one of the holes on the 2022 staff thanks to a team-friendly $7 million salary in the final year of a front-loaded three-year, $28 million contract.
The 33-year-old has a 2.87 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 113 innings, and even if he regresses closer to his 3.75 FIP, he would still be a solid middle-of-the-rotation addition at a reasonable cost.
In exchange, the Rangers pick up a high-ceiling pitching prospect in Adam Kloffenstein who uses his 6'5" frame well to generate a lot of groundballs. The 20-year-old has a good sinker/slider combination that gives him a high floor as a reliever, but all the pieces are there for him to develop into a quality starter.
Infielder Otto Lopez is hitting .337/.403/.466 with 27 extra-base hits in 66 games at Double-A, while right-hander Yosver Zulueta is a late-blooming pitching prospect who has touched 99 mph with his fastball and uses his plus athleticism well on the mound.
This is a package built on upside, and it's one that makes sense for a Rangers team kicking off what could be a multiyear rebuild.