As detailed earlier this week, the 2016 free-agent class is extremely weak. There will likely be a few impact bats available, but there's a dearth of quality starting pitching, and the overall star power is well below average. This dynamic could drive the trade market and lead to one of the more exciting offseasons we've seen; we're talking All-Stars and former MVPs potentially changing hands -- big names such as Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Braun. Here are the biggies:
Chris Sale, LHS, Chicago White Sox: The White Sox listened to offers for Sale from just about every team in the majors at the trade deadline. They also asked for some pretty prominent names in return, such as Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, according to multiple sources. In the end, the White Sox decided to keep the team intact, but most expect them to do an about-face this offseason and be more open to dealing Sale. Given the limited free-agent market for starting pitchers, Sale would be in great demand, and many contending teams have the prospects or young major league talent to make a run at him, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals and Dodgers.