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The top five trade destinations for Tyler Glasnow

After having his 2021 and ‘22 seasons impacted by injury, Glasnow enters this offseason at his healthiest.

Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers during Game One of the Wild Card Series at Tropicana Field on October 03, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Tyler Glasnow has always been a pitcher whose potential never quite matched up with his production due to injury. In 2023, the 6-foot-8 right-hander showed all of baseball what his stuff looks like when he’s at his best, as he had a 3.53 ERA in 120 innings with the Rays. That said, Glasnow only has one year left on his contract, and all signs point towards him being traded this offseason given Tampa’s penchant for getting something in return for their departing stars.

Here’s a look at five places where he could end up.

Tyler Glasnow trade destinations

5. New York Mets

It’s no secret that Steve Cohen will do whatever it takes for the Mets to win. One of those things could be a trade for Glasnow, who has one year left on his two-year, $30.5 million contract (he’ll be eligible for the qualifying offer after 2024 as well). The Mets have the No. 11 farm system, per MLB Pipeline, so they have the prospects needed to make a deal work; it’s just a matter of if they’ll prefer to build their rotation through free agency or the trade market, and how quickly GM David Stearns thinks he can have New York back in contention.

4. Atlanta Braves

The Braves ran out of pitching in the postseason and will likely be in on every available starter this winter because of it. Glasnow has 45.2 career postseason innings under his belt, but it’s anyone guess as to if the Braves would dip into their relatively weak farm system to get a starter who has struggled with durability issues.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are in the same boat as the Braves in that they ran out of pitching last season and will likely look toward both free agency and the trading block to make their team better. That said, it’s unclear how much interest they have in Glasnow, who has yet to throw more than 120 innings in a single season. One of the reasons the Dodgers struggled in the postseason was because of injuries to a litany of starters, from Clayton Kershaw to Tony Gonsolin to Dustin May to Walker Buehler.

2. Chicago Cubs

The Cubs need to make a splash under new manager Craig Counsell, which is where Glasnow could come in. Chicago also needs starting pitching (Justin Steele is their No. 1 right now, but he only has one strong season under his belt and things get iffier after that), and acquiring Glasnow would be the type of win-now move you’d expect them to make. If they do deal for Glasnow, I’d imagine the Rays would ask for a young, controllable bat like Christopher Morel in return.

1. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals appear to be infatuated with Glasnow, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold has linked the Cardinals to Glasnow since October. One of the biggest reasons that the Cardinals took a step back last season was due to their lack of quality starting pitching, which is something that Glasnow would immediately improve. St. Louis also boasts a plethora of young, dynamic outfielders in players like Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill, so it’s clear that St. Louis has the pieces needed to get a deal done for Glasnow should they so choose.