The big names involved in trade rumors this offseason are Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor and the entire Cubs lineup, but let’s shift away from those players and focus on 10 other veterans — lesser names, but all good players — who could be traded between now and opening day. There is a chance that none of them actually will be traded, but there are solid reasons all 10 players should be traded. Let’s review the pros and the cons for trading them (with their season age for 2020 included in parenthesis).
Jon Gray, Rockies (age 28)
2019 stats: 3.84 ERA, 150 IP, 147 H, 56 BB, 150 SO, 4.5 WAR
Under team control though: 2021
Pro: After making the playoffs as a wild card in 2017 and 2018, the Rockies plummeted to 91 losses in 2019, raising the issue of whether the postseason window has closed with this core group — or, to put it another way, whether the supporting cast behind Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, German Marquez and Gray is good enough.
Gray has had an enigmatic career in Colorado, with impressive sub-4.00 ERA seasons in 2017 and 2019 sandwiched around a 5.12 ERA in 2018. Still, he has 9.3 WAR over his past three seasons — similar to the 8.7 WAR that Gerrit…