Kyle Seager, Mariners
Contract: Signed through 2021 (2 yr/$38M + 2022 option)
Trade factor (1-5): 5
While a sure thing doesn't exist, a trade involving Seager is pretty close. The veteran won't figure into the Mariners' long term plans, and he rebounded enough from a putrid 2018 to restore his value. He's still a top defender at the hot corner and has spent a minimal amount of time on the injured list throughout his career. Teams that miss out on free agents like Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, and Mike Moustakas may be forced to look at Seager as a plan B. How much it takes to acquire the third baseman could depend on how much of his salary Seattle is willing to eat. In addition to Seager, teammates Domingo Santana and Mitch Haniger could also wind up wearing new uniforms by Opening Day.
Whit Merrifield, Royals
Contract: Signed through 2022 (3 yr/$14.5M + 2023 option)
Trade factor (1-5): 3
Though the Royals have repeatedly balked at the idea of trading Merrifield, it might be the best decision they could make. Kansas City is a long way off from entering a new competition cycle, by which time the 30-year-old Merrifield may have aged out of his prime years. Multiple teams have expressed interest in him, with the Chicago Cubs the latest club to reportedly kick the tires on the speedy infielder. Merrifield would be a top option for any contender looking for help at the keystone, particularly because the free-agent market at second base is awful. His deal is ridiculously team-friendly and could warrant an overpay in prospect capital from a desperate team in pursuit of a