Major League Baseball's trade market seems especially crowded with talented pitchers ahead of Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, but let's forget about the Max Scherzers and Craig Kimbrels of the world for a moment.

Because as Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweeted on Wednesday, there are also plenty of offensive standouts for the taking right now.

Granted, there are now three fewer after Wednesday, in which the Oakland Athletics acquired center fielder Starling Marte, the Milwaukee Brewers landed infielder Eduardo Escobar and, most notable of all, the New York Yankees are finalizing a deal for slugging right fielder Joey Gallo.

All the same, we've assessed the trade likelihood for six other star hitters who've been frequently mentioned in rumors in recent weeks. This involved weighing their value, how many potential buyers they have and any relevant rumors circulating around the proverbial campfire.

Let's count 'em down.

 

6. CF Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

It looked for a second there like the Minnesota Twins had a chance of extending Byron Buxton, but it fizzled when he rejected an offer reportedly worth $80 million.

With Nelson Cruz already gone via the trade market, might this mean Buxton is next?

It's not a question as to whether other teams would like to have the 27-year-old center fielder. Buxton has had plenty of ups and downs since he entered the league in 2015, but power-speed combinations like his are rare and the .369/.409/.767 line next to his name right now is a good look.

Of course, Buxton has accumulated that slash line over just 27 games because of a hip strain and a broken hand. He's still working his way back from the latter, and the whole ordeal he's endured this season is unfortunately a variation on a theme.

Though Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported that "plenty of teams" have called the Twins about Buxton, he also wrote that the Twins have no plans to deal him for "50 cents on the dollar." Especially knowing that they still control him through 2022, they can wait until at least the winter to seriously field offers for him.

Trade Likelihood: Low

 

5. 1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Up until recently, it seemed as if the Chicago Cubs' preferred road forward with Anthony Rizzo involved extending him.

Though he reportedly rejected a $70 million offer in March, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said then that he was "very confident" that the two sides would eventually come to terms. Even as recently as July 16, Heyman tweeted that there were "signs" that the Cubs were still intent on extending the veteran first baseman.

More recently, though, ESPN's Jeff Passan wrote Tuesday that the Cubs have had "preliminary conversations" about Rizzo with the Boston Red Sox. Rizzo was originally a Red Sox draftee, and Boston's production at first base is the worst in baseball.

Otherwise, Rizzo's corner of the rumor mill has been quiet. That could come down to how A) not many contenders besides Boston need a first baseman and B) Rizzo's modest .238/.344/.433 line since 2020 indicates that he's in the post-prime phase of his career.

Rather than force something, the Cubs might hold on to the 31-year-old and hope to rekindle extension talks before he files for free agency at season's end. If not, they could recoup a draft pick for him by way of the qualifying offer.

Trade Likelihood: Low