Many players have changed teams in recent years such as Nolan Arenado joining the Cardinals and Bryce Harper joining the Phillies. Moves can either deteriorate or catapult a player’s career to the next level. In this article, we’ll break down 5 players who would benefit from a change in scenery.
Means currently plays for the Baltimore Orioles, one of the bottom dwellers of the MLB consistently. Means has been the lone bright spot for the Orioles this season with some of the best pitching stats in the AL this season. Means even managed to throw a no-hitter earlier this season. John Means is playing at an All-Star level on a horrendous team. Means could be a mid-season trade target as the Orioles look to shop Means for prospects to help build their future.
Yelich has had a couple disappointing seasons after being amongst the league’s best hitters. Still recovering from injuries, we’ve all been eagerly waiting for Yelich to finally get back into his groove. We don’t know if that will happen again in Milwaukee and think that Yelich could improve his game with better coaching and on a team where he doesn’t need to be the go-to guy in the batting lineup.
Yes, we said it. Mike Trout is the greatest Angel to ever play baseball and one of the greatest in the history of the game. The Angels have been holding him back from being even higher up on the list. Trout has been the face of the league for years and for good reason. Year after year, Trout will have incredible stats only to be let down by the Angels once again missing the playoffs for another season. Trout is loyal to his fanbase, but a ring or two could be the difference maker in putting Trout amongst the GOATs in the hall of fame.
The Cincinnati Reds are one of those teams that finds great players but at the wrong time. If the Reds could manage to keep all the players who have been successful in their careers at one point, they would be one of the best teams in the league, but they haven’t been able to do that and that’s why we see the Reds moving on from Castellanos while he is playing the way he is. Castellanos is hitting career numbers and his contract is coming to an end soon and with the loss of Trevor Bauer in the offseason and the inevitable trade coming for Sonny Gray before the deadline, Castellanos is one of the top trade targets this season. Castellanos would benefit from moving to a team in the playoff hunt that could use an extra bat in the late innings to push them over the edge.
The Nationals are coming off a recent World Series championship a couple seasons ago that Scherzer was an integral part of their victorious run. The Nationals are not nearly as good as they used to be and are continuing to dwindle as veterans age and new players don’t live up to their hype. Scherzer is in the last couple years of playing at a respectable rate and it’d be best if he can finish his career out for a team that is in the playoff hunt.