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MLB Trade Ideas, Week 1: Andrew McCutchen, Brett Gardner, Brian Dozier

In HardballScoop.com’s first installment of our MLB Trade Ideas weekly column, Carmine DiPalma will be offering trade proposals that make sense for both teams based off of recent rumors and speculation.

Happy New Year to our great readers at HardballScoop.com! We had a fun 2016 and we're looking forward to an amazing and promising 2017! We are excited to implement a series of columns that will last until the trade deadline and then pick up again in the offseason. We will look into potential trades on a weekly basis that could strengthen all teams involved.

Here are some trade proposals will be based off of rumors and speculation around the league in that given week and are not locks to happen nor have they necessarily been discussed imminently or at all.

Andrew Mccutchen to Mets

Pittsburgh Pirates receive: LHP Steven Matz, RHP Justin Dunn

New York Mets receive: OF Andrew McCutchen

The Mets have spoken with Pittsburgh about McCutchen at a "preliminary level," as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported.

It is understandable that many Pirates fans may not want to trade low on their former superstar but it may be a necessity. Cutch and the Pirates have had several awkward moments this offseason and it is safe to assume those have made their relationships suffer quite a bit. Additionally if McCutchen continues to struggle his stock will plummet.

The Pirates should continue to stockpile good young arms to cement their rotation for the future. We all know how valuable young arms are which is exactly why the deal starts with a young arm in Steven Matz. Last season, Matz pitched to the tune of a 9-8 record and a 3.40 ERA and could be a solid number 2-3 pitcher for a long time for the Bucs. Dunn was the Mets first pick in last years draft (19th Overall) and will add a solid intriguing piece to the deal for the Pirates.

This deal would be an all-out win for the Mets if McCutchen could return to his All-Star form. But regardless, slotting McCutchen in the lineup with Cespedes makes the Mets lineup a scary and dynamic one to say the least. The Mets will finally be able to play a legitimate CF instead of running out Cespedes or Granderson.

Also, since McCutchen has not played up to his potential recently and is entering his age-30 season, the Mets could get a slight break on the cost to acquire him. All in all this is a win now move that strengthens the Mets chances at a title in 2017.

Brett Gardner to Giants

New York Yankees receive: RHP Tyler Beede

San Francisco Giants receive: OF Brett Gardner, Cash Considerations

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has previously reported that the Yankees are continuing "to gauge interest" in Gardner, who has drifted through the rumor mill since the 2016 trade deadline at least.

This deal makes sense for the Giants despite having to give up Tyler Beede who ranks as the number 2 prospect in their organization. This may sound like a steep price but the Giants have a pretty poor system which in my opinion ranks towards the bottom in the MLB.

They are a win-now mode and are surely hungry to return to the postseason after being sent home in last years NLDS. They have now lost Angel Pagan to free agency after a solid year. Gardner would nicely slot into an outfield that already boasts Denard Span and Hunter Pence. Gardner's gold glove defense will come in use for the Giants in their big outfield at AT&T Park. The Giants would get money from the Yankees to lower an already team-friendly contract. Gardner is owed $12.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and a team option for 2019 at $12.5 million with a $2 million buyout. This deal is attractive for the Giants to add a player of Gardner's caliber to their team without trading the farm.

Also, you might not have heard, but the New York Yankees are rebuilding! The Bronx Bombers have shipped out several veterans and brought in an abundance of prospects that took their farm system up to a top-3 system in the game. 

The latest veteran that could be on the move is Brett Gardner. In this deal the Yankees would receive top prospect Tyler Beede. The Vanderbilt alum won eight games last year at Double-A, keeping his ERA low at 2.81. This move would fall right into the current flow of Yankee moves and will stockpile them for the future. Although it will take a little bit more magic from Brian Cashman to pry Beede from the Giants.

Brian Dozier to Dodgers

Minnesota Twins receive: RHP Jose De Leon, 2B Willie Calhoun and RHP Walker Buehler

Los Angeles Dodgers receive: 2B Brian Dozier

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that although there is some other interest from different teams, the Dodgers remain the most persistent.

https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/811308666209128449

The Twins love Jose De Leon as a prospect and will not do the deal with the Dodgers without him. He is the Dodgers number two prospect and he has the potential to be a true top of the line starter. The Twins would be intrigued to add him to their system and eventually their rotation.

Willie Calhoun and Walker Buehler rank fourth and seventh respectively in the Dodgers system and are attractive pieces for the Twins to acquire. Willie Calhoun hit 27 homers in the minors last year and driving in 88 runs which poses a legitimate threat as a middle infielder. He could become a Twins middle infielder. Buehler comes as a bit of a wildcard as he had several arm injuries and will step into his first full professional season in 2017, however scouts still rave about his four pitch arsenal and his ability to command and hit his spots consistently. This is a good deal to maximize the value of Brian Dozier for the Twins.

Even though the Dodgers could wake up one morning and see De Leon making headlines for the Twins, they could also wake up in November and be World Series Champions thanks to the help of Brian Dozier.

Let's get this out of the way, he will NOT come cheap. Last year Dozier slugged 42 home runs setting the record for the most by an American League second baseman in one season. He also finished the year with 99 runs batted in and 104 runs scored. He is entering his age-30 season and he might never have more value than he does right now. This is why the Dodgers must capitalize on a window they have and make a deal that puts them over the line, makes them that truly feared postseason contender.

The Dodgers have consistently ran out the likes of Chase Utley to man second base for them but it's time to put one of the best second basemen in the game in Brian Dozier there and let him hit his way into stardom in LA. Did I mention he's due only $15 million over the next two years making him an absolute bargain.

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