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Chris Sale for Yasiel Puig? The best trades for all 30 teams

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Puig, Sale among MLB stars who might be on the market (2:02)

Winter is coming, and big names like Yasiel Puig and Chris Sale might find themselves on new teams in 2017. As baseball's trade rumors heat up, other stars might be in line to follow. (2:02)

The order from the bosses: Make one trade for every team. Done. I had to rewrite this whole thing, though, because I had the Yankees trading Brian McCann to the Astros, and then it really happened. You should have seen some of the deals I had in the original piece.

Chicago White Sox trade LHP Chris Sale and RHP David Robertson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for OF Yasiel Puig, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Yadier Alvarez, and OF Alex Verdugo.

OK, let’s start with a blockbuster. The White Sox have the ability to control the strings of this offseason depending on what they decide to do with Sale, Jose Quintana, Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier, who could all be moved if general manager Rick Hahn tears things up. Sale is so valuable because he’s so good and will make just $38 million over the next three seasons. Puig is the big name here, but De Leon would enter the ChiSox rotation in 2017, while Alvarez and Verdugo are both top-100 prospects for 2017.

Detroit Tigers trade OF J.D. Martinez to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Jordan Johnson and OF Steven Duggar.

You have keep up with the Joneses! The Tigers just missed the postseason, so while reports have suggested some possible deals to get younger, they also could give it one more run with an aging roster. Martinez has one season left before free agency, while the Giants could use a right-handed power bat for left field. Martinez fits that bill, although his atrocious defensive metrics in 2016 -- minus-22 defensive runs saved -- are cause for concern.

New York Yankees trade OF Brett Gardner to the St. Louis Cardinals for RHP Luke Weaver.

If you think these first three trades sound like they're trying to keep pace with the Cubs, you’re right. The Cardinals are reportedly seeking an outfielder to replace free agent Matt Holliday, and while signing Dexter Fowler as a center fielder and leadoff hitter would help, everybody will be after Fowler. Gardner is starting to get up there in age, but he can still get on base, is under contract for three more seasons and gives the Cards a little more speed and athleticism (although bringing him in would mean keeping Randal Grichuk in center field in lieu of a better option). With Lance Lynn returning from Tommy John surgery and the emergence of Alex Reyes, the Cardinals have some rotation depth to trade from.

Chicago Cubs trade OF Jorge Soler to the Seattle Mariners for LHP Luiz Gohara.

So what will the Cubs do? One thing that seems clear is there’s no room for Soler in 2017 with Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and Albert Almora in the outfield. He’s still more “looks good in a uniform” than an actual good baseball player, but these teams have traded with each other before, and the Mariners need some youth in the outfield. A lineup that swung too left-handed in 2016 would now have more balance:

LF Seth Smith (L) / Guillermo Heredia (R)

1B Danny Valencia (R) / Dan Vogelbach (L)

2B Robinson Cano (L)

DH Nelson Cruz (R)

3B Kyle Seager (L)

RF Jorge Soler (R)

C Mike Zunino (R) / Carlos Ruiz (R)

CF Leonys Martin (L)

SS Ketel Marte (S)

As for the Cubs, Gohara is a 20-year-old Brazilian built along the lines of CC Sabathia who finally started to put things together in the Midwest League (1.99 ERA in 10 starts). He’s the kind of long-term risk the Cubs can gamble on.

Texas Rangers trade 3B/1B Joey Gallo and LHP Andrew Faulkner to the Colorado Rockies for CF Charlie Blackmon.

The Mariners and Astros already have been busy, so the pressure is on the Rangers to make some moves. Yes, they ended up winning the division by nine games over the Mariners, but their 95-67 record was built on that incredible record in one-run games, and they have holes at first base, center field and designated hitter with the potential loss of free agents Mitch Moreland, Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez and Carlos Beltran. They can sign one of the big 1B/DH bats such as Edwin Encarnacion, but that still leaves center field to fill.

Enter Gallo. Is he the answer at first base? Is he still the future replacement for the ageless Adrian Beltre? Or have the Rangers soured on him after he hit .240 with 150 strikeouts at Triple-A? Either way, Gallo and his light-tower power in Coors Field would be all sorts of fun, and the Rockies would be getting six years of Gallo for two years of Blackmon.

Tampa Bay Rays trade RHP Chris Archer to the Houston Astros for RHP Frances Martes, OF Kyle Tucker, RHP David Paulino, 3B Colin Moran and OF Tony Kemp.

Sticking with the AL West, the Astros have made it clear they’re going all-in after missing the playoffs in 2016. On Thursday, they acquired Brian McCann and signed Josh Reddick after already claiming Norichika Aoki on waivers. They need to make one more big splash. How does this look?

RF George Springer

3B Alex Bregman

2B Jose Altuve

SS Carlos Correa

C Brian McCann

DH Evan Gattis

1B Yulieski Gurriel / A.J. Reed

LF Josh Reddick

CF Jake Marisnick / Teoscar Hernandez

SP Dallas Keuchel

SP Chris Archer

SP Collin McHugh

SP Lance McCullers

SP Mike Fiers

Archer will cost a ton in prospects, even coming off a mediocre season, as he’s signed for five more seasons at an incredible discount. The Astros are giving up three of their prospects in Martes, Tucker and Paulino, plus two useful role players in Moran and Kemp. The Rays need depth, but this package still may not be enough.

Oakland Athletics trade OF Khris Davis to the Baltimore Orioles for RHP Dylan Bundy.

The A’s aren’t going to compete with their AL West brothers, so they may as well cash in on Davis’ 42-homer season. He would replace free agent Mark Trumbo in the Baltimore lineup. The trouble is that Baltimore’s farm system is about as tasty as the day-old bread at the grocery store. Can Bundy stay healthy moving forward? The A’s find out.

Pittsburgh Pirates trade OF Andrew McCutchen to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Mike Clevinger, RHP Triston McKenzie and SS Erik Gonzalez.

All the American League contenders get better! What’s McCutchen worth for the remaining two years on his contract? Hard to say after a tough 2016, and he’s not really a center fielder anymore. But Tyler Naquin rated as the worst defensive center fielder in the majors in 2016, so the Indians managed OK with poor defense there as is. The Pirates get two major league-ready assets in Clevinger and Gonzalez (.296/.329/.450 at Triple-A), plus a projectable arm in McKenzie (104 SO, 22 BB in 83 1/3 innings in the minors).

Cincinnati Reds trade RHP Dan Straily to the Atlanta Braves for 3B Austin Riley and RHP Chris Ellis.

The Reds should cash in on Straily’s solid 2016 -- 14-8, 3.76 ERA, 191 innings -- and acquire more prospect depth as they look deep into the future. Riley is a young power-hitting prospect who hit 20 home runs at age 19 in the South Atlantic League, but he needs to rein in the strikeouts. Ellis, part of the Andrelton Simmons trade, has struggled as a starter despite a good arm, but he could settle in as a fastball/slider guy out of the bullpen. The Braves' rotation would now look like this as they seek to be surprise contenders after a strong final two months of 2016:

SP Julio Teheran

SP Bartolo Colon

SP Dan Straily

SP R.A. Dickey

SP Matt Wisler / Mike Foltynewicz

Milwaukee Brewers trade OF Ryan Braun to the Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Sean Reid-Foley and C Reese McGuire.

Hey, we haven’t traded Braun yet! A few years ago, the remaining years of Braun’s contract loomed as a disaster, but after back-to-back solid seasons -- including a .305/.365/.538 line with 30 home runs in 2016 -- Braun is valuable trade bait as the four years/$80 million left don’t look so bad. The Blue Jays need a corner outfielder with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders sitting out there as free agents, so Braun would be a nice fit. Reid-Foley is the team’s top pitching prospect, and McGuire is a defensive whiz with a questionable bat.

Arizona Diamondbacks trade RHP Shelby Miller to the Miami Marlins for RHP Jake Esch and LHP Dillon Peters.

Miller needs a change of scenery after his 2016 implosion, and the Marlins need a starting pitcher. The new regime in Arizona shouldn’t feel like it needs to stick with Miller to justify a bad trade made by the old regime, and the Diamondbacks get a couple of wild-card arms in return.

San Diego Padres trade OF Alex Dickerson to the Kansas City Royals for RHP Alec Mills.

The Padres need to give more athletic outfielders such as Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe regular playing time in 2017, while the Royals need a DH to replace the departed Kendrys Morales. Mills doesn’t have overpowering stuff but throws strikes and could compete for a rotation spot for the Padres. Not too exciting? Hey, you try and make a Padres trade.

Minnesota Twins trade 2B Brian Dozier to the Washington Nationals for RHP Lucas Giolito.

If I’m the Nationals, I’d consider trading Giolito before his luster begins to fade. Dozier is signed for just two more seasons but at the bargain prices of $6 million and $9 million. The Twins give up their All-Star second baseman coming off a 42-homer season, but they may lose him in two years anyway. Plus, he’ll be 32 then and a risky long-term buy. How about this lineup for the Nationals?

CF Trea Turner

1B Daniel Murphy

RF Bryce Harper

2B Brian Dozier

3B Anthony Rendon

LF Jayson Werth

SS Danny Espinosa

C Jose Lobaton

That leaves Ryan Zimmerman as an expensive bench player, but he’s nothing more than a platoon bat these days, and acquiring Dozier allows Turner to remain in center field -- where his blazing speed is best utilized -- and upgrades the defense at second base.

Philadelphia Phillies trade RHP Hector Neris to the Boston Red Sox for 3B Michael Chavis and OF Henry Ramos.

Everyone expects the Red Sox to use the prospect stockpile to make a pitch for a big starter -- like maybe a deal centered around Chris Sale and Yoan Moncada. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has traditionally preferred to trade minor leaguers for big stars, so a blockbuster deal wouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Boston rotation is in good shape with Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright. (Plus the rules here were one trade per team, and Sale already has been traded. We can’t trade him to two teams.) The Red Sox could use bullpen depth with Koji Uehara and Brad Ziegler becoming free agents. Neris fanned 102 batters in 80 1/3 innings, and while he projects as the Phillies’ future closer, a rebuilding team should always cash in on relievers when it can.

Let’s see, the New York Mets could use a center fielder ... the Los Angeles Angels happen to have one who is pretty good ... the Mets have an above-average farm system ...

Ah, quit dreaming, Mets fans, it’s not going to happen. So how about infielder Matt Reynolds for lefty reliever Jose Alvarez?