SPECULATOR: Trade deadline fill-ins

It's time to stash.

With the MLB trade deadline less than two weeks away, throwing speculative darts at the "next men up"—those who fill those vacated spots left by a departing starter—ahead of time can be a profitable endeavor.

A couple of years ago, Jeff Zimmerman researched the odds of a player being traded based on the annual MLBTradeRumors.com (MLBTR) Top 50 Trade Candidates list. As a quick refresher, here are Jeff's findings on those trade odds ("Trade Rate") based on MLBTR's list from 2016-19: 

Rather than blindly speculate on where these players might go, we’ll take an alternate approach by focusing on the most attractive fill-ins for those most likely to be dealt. We'll group these players by hitters, starting pitchers, and...


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