- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
With only three months until teams begin wheeling and dealing in advance of the July 31 trade deadline, it's not too early to look at which players could become serious trade targets. Of course, much will depend on which teams are in pennant races, which prospects have become ready for the major leagues (and in turn, made veterans available), whether teams have been able to give contract extensions to impending free agents and how big certain teams’ needs are heading down the stretch. Whatever the case may be, we should all expect a continuation of the winter meetings, with a lot of trading in July, thanks in part to the fact that so many teams will be in wild-card or divisional races.
It's early, but here are my best April guesses about which players will be scouted heavily and become trade targets for contending teams
Jim Bowden says it's never too early to look ahead to the trade deadline, and identifies the names most likely to be hot as July 31 nears.