Though some signings and trades have materialized, MLB's offseason hasn't really kicked into full gear just yet. That narrative, however, should change upon the conclusion of the winter meetings, which are scheduled to take place from Dec. 8-12.
With those proceedings set to commence just a week from now, it's time to start deliberating what All-Stars could have new homes before January. Time to cross our fingers and highlight some studs that could be traded at the annual winter convention if the fire gets properly stoked, shall we?
6. Joe Jimenez
Sure, Jimenez, 24, is a young arm that the Detroit Tigers could consider holding onto, but the All-Star campaign he logged in 2018 indicated that he's ready to contribute out of the bullpen on a contender. With a plethora of clubs looking to bolster their bullpen this winter, don't be surprised if the Tigers deal Jimenez, who is under contract through the 2023 season.
5. Corey Kluber
It's almost impressive to think that Kluber still holds a spot on the Cleveland Indians' roster given their repeated efforts to trade him. The Tribe's rotation would manage just fine in 2020 without the two-time Cy Young winners, and his contract -- he is due $17.5 million next season with an $18 mil club option for 2021 -- could entice other organizations to pull the trigger on a trade. 2019 was a lost year for Kluber thanks to injuries, but we're still talking about a hurler who tallied a 20-7 record with a 2.89 ERA in 2018.
4. Luis Castillo
The Cincinnati Reds' rebuild is farther ahead in proceedings than most might think, and dealing Castillo could take that process to new heights (or torpedo it). This is a toughie: Where do the Reds truly see themselves? Castillo, a 2019 All-Star, still has three years of arbitration, meaning that the Reds (or a potential buyer) would have him under control for four years. The 26-year-old right-hander's stock may never be higher than it is right now. Expect the Reds to at least inquire about dealing the Dominican Republic native at this year's meetings. Castillo could (and should) stay put, but his could be the explosive name at this year's event.
3. Kirby Yates
The Padres reportedly looked to trade Yates at this year's deadline, but the massive haul that they were looking for in return ultimately deterred potential buyers. Expect San Diego to rev up talks once again at this year's meetings. Across 60 innings in 2019, Yates tallied a microscopic 1.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 41 saves, and 101 strikeouts. At 32 years old (he'll be 33 in March), Yates isn't getting any younger, so look for the Padres, a club with a youthful core to build around, to continue with that movement.
2. Josh Hader
A report dropped on Monday which suggested that the Brewers could look into dealing Hader this offseason, and the idea makes complete sense when you couple the inevitable inflation of his salary with the sheer workload he has withstood across the last two seasons. Despite those evident concerns, however, Hader is still just 25 years old and remains a top-notch reliever. Ergo, his value couldn't be higher, and Milwaukee would absolutely get a haul in return for him.
1. Blake Treinen
It was reported last week that the Oakland Athletics are looking to trade 2018 world-beating reliever Blake Treinen, among other players. The Yankees are reported to be interested in the 31-year-old right-hander, and that alone should be enough to persuade Oakland to offload him. Treinen regressed to the mean last season, posting a 4.91 ERA in just under 60 innings. Given that relapse, we wouldn't at all be surprised if the A's dealt him to a club that believes he can return to glory.