The MLB season isn't over yet, but that's not stopping teams from looking forward to 2019 and the promise of further improvements. As free agency and an enticing trade market nears, some established All-Stars are certain find new homes and shift the balance of power in the game. Let's identify five standouts who will be wearing new uniforms next season.
5. Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett is one of the most underrated talents in the game, and heading into the last season of his contract the Reds, is looking forward to a big pay day next winter. Unless Cincy can find a way to dish out a uniquely gigantic sum, Gennett will hit the market in 2019 and all they'll get in return is a compensatory draft pick. The Reds aren't expected to compete any time soon, so they should consider shipping their All-Star second baseman out of town for a boatload of prospects.
4. J.T. Realmuto
27-year-old catcher J.T. Realmuto earned his first All-Star appearance this season after requesting to be traded from the Marlins in the winter. Miami has made it their clear goal to purge their roster of all established talent, so Realmuto figures to follow in Christian Yelich's footsteps and get shipped out of town.
3. Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin has quietly, steadily become a premier pitcher in the MLB. He has made it known that he was a Yankee fan growing up, and New York needs to bolster its rotation. They also have never been shy with their checkbooks, which will be necessary if this All-Star is to be had. This arrangement would appear to be a free agent match made in heaven.
2. Bryce Harper
After his series of Instagram posts after his last home game in D.C. this season, it looked pretty obvious that Bryce Harper doesn't think he'll be back with the Nationals next year. He's going to command a ton of money, and should want to flee town for a franchise that can actually compete down the stretch. He's not going to be baseball's first $400 million man, but he'll no doubt be paid handsomely as the game's highest-profile free agent.
1. Michael Brantley
Being a small market team isn't easy, and for the Cleveland Indians, bringing back outfielder Michael Brantley isn't especially likely. He's going to deserve a huge deal this offseason after making $12 million in 2018, and the Tribe just doesn't have the resources to be able to give him that kind of bag.