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You don’t see many blockbuster MLB trades go down in April.
However, that doesn’t mean that teams aren’t already doing their due diligence and laying the groundwork for potential summer deals here in the early stages of the season.
So it’s only right that we do the same.
Ahead is a look at five significant trades that teams should already be thinking about, even if the wheels aren’t set in motion for a few more months.
These trades will address an early need or an expected long-term issue for five perceived contenders.
Offering a specific return package seemed silly this far removed from when the trades would potentially come to fruition, but this provides an idea of the level of talent it would take to swing a deal.
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With a clean bill of health, it looks like Brandon McCarthy is capable of providing some useful innings this season.
The 34-year-old was solid when healthy last season, posting a 3.98 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 92.2 innings.
With one year and $11.5 million left on his contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers shipped him to the Atlanta Braves along with Scott Kazmir, Adrian Gonzalez and Charlie Culberson in exchange for Matt Kemp.
With the Dodgers paying $4.5 million of his salary, he has a chance to be a bargain if he can avoid injury.
McCarthy showed well this spring with a 3.45 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and .193 opponents’ average in 15.2 innings to win a rotation spot, and the Braves could eventually look to flip him with several young starters waiting in the wings.
He picked up the win in his Braves debut, allowing six hits and two earned runs in 5.2 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The San Francisco Giants don’t have much wiggle room from a salary standpoint. The Braves would likely have to kick in some money to facilitate a trade, but they might be able to snag a mid-level prospect from a team that’s desperate for pitching help.
With Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija already on the disabled list and little in the way of organizational depth, McCarthy could prove to be a cheap source of quality innings.
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The Texas Rangers might have to look outside its organization for outfield help.
Shin-Soo Choo is no longer a viable option for anything more than spot duty in the outfield. Delino DeShields Jr. suff