There will be no shortage of speculative trade content written during the upcoming MLB offseason, and much of it will center around the same handful of names and potential landing spots.

Before the hot stove starts cooking, we thought it would be fun to throw out a few outside-the-box trade ideas to get the ball rolling.

The idea here was not necessarily to focus on trades that are likely to happen, but instead to highlight a few wild ideas that could be logically justified for all involved.

Have your own wild trade idea?

Share it in the comments, and I'll give you my thoughts on the proposal.


A Change of Scenery for Two Recent Top Prospects


The Proposal

To DET: 2B Jeter Downs

To BOS: RHP Matt Manning     


The Logic

After hitting just .190/.272/.333 with a 32.3 percent strikeout rate in 99 games at Triple-A, Red Sox infielder Jeter Downs dropped off B/R's final Top 100 prospect list. The 23-year-old began the year ranked No. 56 on the list.

Right-hander Matt Manning was No. 18 on the preseason list, and while he made his MLB debut with the Tigers in June, he struggled to a 5.80 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with just 57 strikeouts in 85.1 innings as a rookie.

A swap of the two could fill a need for both clubs.

The Tigers have a bright future with several promising young arms and rising prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene set to anchor the lineup, but the middle infield spots remain a major question mark.

The Red Sox need controllable pitching, and with Nick Yorke emerging as the second baseman of the future and Enrique Hernandez around to man the position in 2022, Downs could be viewed as expendable.

Despite their struggles in 2021, both players have provided reason for optimism.

Downs is off to a 6-for-18 start with four home runs in five games in the Arizona Fall League, while Manning tossed five scoreless innings of two-hit ball against the Chicago White Sox in his final start of the year and had four quality starts after the All-Star break.