2021 Trade Deadline Candidates: First Baseman

            Everyone wants a power hitting first baseman and here are three guys who can help teams out for playoff push

Top 3 First Baseman

  1. Matt Olson (Oakland) 1yr/$5.5 million

2020 stats: .200 AVG/.289 OBP/23 HR/64 RBI.  (152 games)

The Oakland Athletics are a team that seems to have a lot of potential but can’t seem to cross the finish line of success. They just hired a new GM who has a great vision to turn this team around. However, there are some pieces that need to be addressed. One of those pieces is Matt Olson. Matt didn’t see the success in 2020 like he did in 2019 but has a lot of potential. The key for Oakland is going to be what they feel Olson is worth in a trade or does he deserve a contract extension. If Olson gets off to a strong start in 2021 then it might be worth trading him to develop this team for the future.

Josh Bell (New York AL) 1yr/$7.5 million

2020 stats: .263 AVG/.314 OBP/30 HR/68 RBI.  (117 games)

The Yankees could possibly have close to $70 million coming off the books after the 2021 season (that’s if they don’t offer arbitration and decline team options). The key for the Yankees is what they do with certain players. I think Josh Bell is one of those players that you can move to get a starting pitcher or two to help continue to build for the future. He hit 30 HRs in 117 game last year which would be a huge addition to any team looking to make a playoff push. The 2022 season looks promising for the Yankees but it starts with how they handle the 2021 season.

Ji-Man Choi (Cincinnati) 1yr/$6.3 million

2020 stats: .250 AVG/.350 OBP/20 HR/61 RBI.  (160 games)

The Cincinnati Reds were the winners of the 2019/2020 offseason but unfortunately for them the 2020 season didn’t end well for them. This offseason they went out and continued to build a competitive team with additions of Jesus Mejia, Rob Refsnyder, and Dalton Pompey. The front office is hoping that these moves will be enough to bring them back to their 2019 form. However, if they were looking to add some more depth then Choi would be a could piece worth looking to move.

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