We are at the point of the MLB offseason where everything appears to be moving at a snail’s pace.

The most compelling aspect of free agency is figuring out how an eight-year-old ankle surgery is suddenly keeping Carlos Correa from a life-changing contract.

Most of the relevant player movement happening now can be expected from the trade market. Not every team achieved its free-agency goals, leaving the trade option as their next best thing.

So, let’s look at the best landing spot for MLB players rumored to be on the trade block.


Pablo López to St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis is coming off a magical 2022 season, but it was upended when they were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Wild Card Series.

Since then, the Cardinals have watched their NL competitors either close the gap or pass them by during free agency. In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs signed shortstop Dansby Swanson and added former NL MVP Cody Bellinger.

The New York Mets signed former Cardinals pitcher José Quintana to go on a staff with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. They’re also still working on that deal for Carlos Correa.

The San Diego Padres signed Xander Bogaerts just a few months after trading for Juan Soto.

St. Louis needs to do something beyond replacing Yadier Molina with Willson Contreras to separate itself from the previous year’s team.

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Marlins are listening to offers for “almost anyone” other than Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara.

López (10-10, 3.75 ERA, 174 K, 1.17 WHIP) would help a rotation that does not have a true ace but still hopes to remain competitive in a healthy Senior Circuit.

López’s contract is under team control for the next two seasons, giving the Cardinals at least a couple of years with some stability on its staff.


Josh Donaldson to Any Team That Will Take Him

The problem with finding the right landing spot for Josh Donaldson, who the Yankees have made available in trade talks, is that no one really seems interested in acquiring his services.

Last season, Donaldson was a Gold Glove-caliber defender at third base but produced his lowest single-season wRC+ (97) since 2012. Bat speed is a question for the 37-year-old former MVP, who posted a 1.6 fWAR and slashed .222/.308/.374 with 15 homer runs and 62 RBI.