With the MLB Draft and All-Star Game in the rear-view mirror, front offices around the league will spend the next few weeks tweaking their rosters leading up to the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline.

Small sample sizes are exactly that, but players seeing an early-summer surge can often put themselves on the trade-market radar. With that in mind, let’s look at 10 potential trade candidates who have seen their stock rise during the past month.

(Players listed alphabetically. All stats are through the end of the first half.)


Cody Bellinger, CF, Cubs
Bellinger was red-hot during the final two weeks of the first half, posting a 1.114 OPS and a .449/.482/.633 slash line in 13 games. Playing on a one-year, $12.5 million contract with a $25 million mutual option for 2024 ($5 million buyout), Bellinger seems like a lock to hit the free-agent market, making him a prime trade candidate if the Cubs decide to sell. 

Potential fits: Giants, Guardians, Yankees


Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Nationals
Candelario has thrived at the plate over the past month, posting a .981 OPS with five home runs and an impressive .309/.364/.617 slash line in 21 games dating back to June 16. The 29-year-old signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Nationals prior to the season, so he’s an affordable expiring contract for clubs seeking help at the hot corner.

Potential fits: Cubs, Marlins, Yankees