2017 MLB Trade Value Player Rankings: Nos. 50–1
Jonah Keri, SI.com (3/21/17)
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers (21)
He’s still the best pitcher on the planet, but Kershaw has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of any season in which he’s traded, assuming the trade happens in-season. He’d still have a ton of value as a rental—just not top-50 value.
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pirates
Julio Urias, SP, Dodgers
Taillon and Urias are two more players with less than one year of major league service time who have a chance to become impact players. On the other hand, Taillon not long ago missed two whole seasons to injury (Tommy John surgery, then an inguinal hernia). He’s not quite there yet.
Urias might have the better future of the two. He’s just 20 years old, whiffed 25% of the batters he faced in his 77-inning MLB debut and comes with a huge pedigree. The Dodgers have an absolutely jaw-dropping amount of lefthanded talent in their rotation.
2017 MLB Trade Value Player Rankings, Part I: Introduction, Honorable Mentions, Just Missed