The completion of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement means baseball is back — with a condensed offseason. That should only increase the fun, as teams across the sport take advantage of a narrow window to improve their rosters before Opening Day.
The result could be a flurry of trade activity in the weeks to come, with contenders dipping into their farm systems to reel in players who can help them right now, and rebuilding clubs eying talent to help them for years to come. There were a few savvy deals struck before the lockout, among them Tampa Bay trading Joey Wendle to the Marlins for outfield prospect Kameron Misner, and Miami acquiring two prospects in a package from the Pirates for Jacob Stallings. But no real blockbusters yet. Meaning if there are big trade splashes in play, they’re likely yet to come.
Which contenders could make moves? Here are eight clubs with a realistic chance to win in 2022 and farm systems with enticing chips:
Top-rated prospect: Diego…