As you likely know by now, the Major League Baseball owners have locked out the players. That has halted roster moves around the game when it comes to players in the players association (this means anyone who is currently on a 40-man roster, as well as any free agent who was on a 40-man roster when the season ended and then became a free agent). Teams can still sign players to contracts if they were not on a 40-man roster when the season ended and they are signing a minor league contract. Trades involving 40-man roster players are also prohibited.
But can teams still talk to players on the market? Can they talk to other teams about trades? The simple answer is no. Major League Baseball’s commissioners office, according to Kevin Goldstein of Fangraphs, has been pretty serious about that.
Discussing trades certainly gets interesting. It’s one thing to say you can’t contact players or agents. But you are still able to contact other teams because you can still talk about trades of minor league players. While those trades do tend to be rare – a minor leaguer for a minor leaguer – they do happen every so often. If teams were going to have conversations about a potential deal, they could “hide” that conversation behind the idea that they were discussing a minor league trade and then just kind of lay the ground work for a bigger deal when the lockout comes to an end.
Cincinnati Prospect Coverage
Shameless plug, but hey – we’ve all got bills to pay, right? Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com we are now up to the Reds top 15 prospects having full season reviews, scouting reports, and for the hitters we’ve got spray charts with average and slugging percentage breakdowns. If you’re interested in why TJ Friedl is referred to by me as The Bunt King, or why Elly De La Cruz is the biggest rising prospect in all of minor league baseball – we’ve got you covered in their write ups.
Reds trade value
Over at The Athletic, C. Trent Rosecrans looked at the trade value of players on the Reds 40-man roster. The player who comes in with the least amount of trade value may, or may not be a surprise to you. You can see the full list here (if you have a subscription to The Athletic).