With noteworthy deals involving Teoscar Hernández, Jake Odorizzi, Gio Urshela and others having already happened, Major League Baseball's offseason trade market is up and running.
So then, which players are likely to be next?
In coming up with a list of 10 names to keep an eye on, we figured it was best to focus on players whose teams might actually want to trade them. You know, for reasons relating to positional surpluses, payroll constraints and, in one case, bad chemistry.
We'll start with a list of players that other teams would love to get their hands on but who don't seem to be "available," per se. We'll then count down the top 10 in order of our speculative estimation of their trade likelihood.
Honorable Mentions (Who Probably Aren't Going Anywhere)
RHP Shane Bieber, Cleveland Guardians
With Bieber's 2023 salary projected at $10.7 million, there's been some speculation about the Guardians shopping him. However, president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Nov. 13 that the 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner "will be a big part" of the team next year (h/t Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors).
RHP Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers
Speaking of Cy Young Award winners whose salaries are rising, we're as intrigued by the possibility of the Brewers trading Burnes as anyone. The concept is a bit of a reach, however, and Robert Murray of FanSided says an actual deal is "highly unlikely" to happen.
3B Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been unable to extend Devers with his walk year looming, which invariably invites comparisons to the Mookie Betts situation from a couple of years ago. This time, though, the Red Sox have a ton of payroll space and truly seem determined to get something done.
DH/RHP Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Seemingly everyone wants the Angels to trade Ohtani, and there's certainly logic behind the idea. But general manager Perry Minasian is a hard no on it, and it's that much easier to take his word for it after the Urshela trade and the Tyler Anderson signing.