Let's have a little fun. What player on each team is most likely to be traded between now and the 2017 trade deadline? We'll consider players currently on each team's 40-man roster plus prominent prospects. And, yes, you can pull this out next July and remind me that I was wrong.
San Francisco Giants -- Chris Shaw, 1B. The team's first-round pick last season out of Boston College has reached Double-A, but there's no room for him in San Francisco with Brandon Belt signed to a long-term deal. And we know the Giants love to trade their prospects.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Yasiel Puig, RF. This seems like the easiest call on the board given the Dodgers admitted they were trying to trade him at the deadline, and then sent Puig to Triple-A claiming lack of production even though he had posted a .390 OBP since coming off the DL on June 21. A broken relationship that probably can't be fixed.
Colorado Rockies -- Ryan McMahon, 3B. Carlos Gonzalez is the guy everyone wants to trade, but the Rockies will enter next season hoping to contend, so they'll keep CarGo ... at least until the trade deadline. McMahon is blocked by Nolan Arenado and may not have enough bat for a move to first base, but some team could take a chance on his power potential and athleticism.
St. Louis Cardinals - Jack Flaherty, RHP. The Cards have depth across the organization and will have to decide if Kolten Wong has a future in St. Louis, but my guess is they deal from minor league pitching depth to improve the MLB roster.
Pittsburgh Pirates -- Jordy Mercer, SS. If the Pirates think Kevin Newman -- a 2015 first-round pick who has reached Double-A -- will be ready in 2017, they could deal Mercer this winter and save a few million in salary as well.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Ryan Braun, OF. Everyone seems to want him traded. I'm not quite so sure it will happen, given that he's signed through 2020, which may scare other teams off. And the Brewers have cut so much payroll that Braun's contract isn't really an issue for them.
Washington Nationals - Gio Gonzalez, LHP. With Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez pushing for rotation slots, Gonzalez could be the veteran traded in the offseason. He has a $12 million team option for 2017 plus a $12 million vesting option for 2018 -- affordable enough even considering his so-so 2016 on the mound.
New York Mets -- Brandon Nimmo, OF. Even if Yoenis Cespedes exercises his out clause, the Mets will have a logjam of corner outfielders next season -- Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce. Granderson and Bruce are free agents after 2017. Nimmo almost went to the Reds in the Bruce trade, so he could be the guy they shop.
Philadelphia Phillies -- Jeanmar Gomez, RHP. It was a big surprise that the Phillies didn't trade Gomez and Jeremy Hellickson at the deadline. If Gomez doesn't go in August in a waiver trade, they should cash in on his "big" year as a closer in the winter.
Texas Rangers -- Rougned Odor, 2B. A crazy idea? Sure. The 22-year-old is obviously talented, with a team-leading 21 home runs. But as evidenced Wednesday, when he got thrown out at second base trying to advance on a ball in the dirt as the tying run in the ninth inning, he has yet master the finer points in the game. He's second in the majors in outs made on the bases, has a poor stolen base percentage in his career, leads the majors in errors at second base and has an 88-10 strikeout/walk ratio. Texas could trade him to get pitching help or restock the farm and play Jurickson Profar at second next season.
Seattle Mariners -- Luiz Gohara, LHP. The big Brazilian is one of the few Mariners minor leaguers with high upside, although he's a long ways from putting it together. Rumor was he the bait in the Cozart trade talks.
Detroit Tigers -- Derek Hill, OF. The team's 2014 first-round pick, his game is built on speed rather than the usual Detroit preference for power.
Kansas City Royals -- Jorge Bonifacio, OF. The Royals aren't ready to tear things down, and the toolsy outfielder is one of their few minor leaguers who could bring back major league help.
Tampa Bay Rays -- Daniel Robertson, SS. Part of the Ben Zobrist trade with the A's, Robertson is in Triple-A, but the acquisition of Matt Duffy to play shortstop and turn Brad Miller into a utility guy suggests Robertson isn't viewed as the shortstop of the future.