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The best trade targets in MLB The Show 21 Franchise Mode

There's never a bad time to start a dynasty.

MLB The Show 21 Franchise Mode lets players take the reins of their favorite teams, hopefully building them up to World Series contenders. Managing the lineup formula is a mix of understanding where players fit in the batting order, pitching rotation, or bullpen. If you decide to start Franchise Mode in a more traditional way, without the fantasy draft option, sometimes your favorite team might not be projected to develop into a dynasty. To help you out with these decisions, we list out the best trade targets you should build your dynasty around in MLB The Show 21 Franchise Mode.

What to look for in a trade target

While building your team, make sure to acquire players who can be slated to play every day without holding back your team. You want a projectable player with a high lettered potential (A-B), and a reasonable Overall to slate into your club. You should be looking for a future franchise player under the age of 25, with a 70+ Overall, with ideally an A Potential. Take a look at the Top Prospect list for who you should be aiming for.

If you’re trading for a position player, make sure that player is in the lineup every day. Platoon or bench options aren’t ideal, because they won’t develop through training alone. You should be putting them in a position to succeed.

Pitchers, on the other hand, can be pushed into the bullpen. If you’re taking a 75+ Overall with an A Potential pitcher, it’s fine to slate them as a LRP (long relief pitcher) since they’ll be taking over multiple innings in a game.

Best position player trade targets

  • Joey Bart – C
  • Adley Rutschman – C
  • Alejandro Kirk – C
  • Michael Toglia – 1B
  • Josh Naylor – 1B
  • Andrew Vaughan – 1B
  • Gavin Lux – 2B
  • Jazz Chisholm – 2B
  • Nick Madrigal – 2B
  • Nico Hoerner – 2B
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr – 3B
  • Austin Riley – 3B
  • Carter Kieboom – 3B
  • Brett Baty – 3B
  • Bo Bichette – SS
  • Luis Urias – SS
  • Bobby Witt Jr – SS
  • Wander Franco – SS
  • Robert Puason – SS
  • Eloy Jimenez – LF
  • Luis Robert – CF
  • Kyle Lewis – CF
  • Bubba Thompson – CF
  • Kyle Isbel – CF
  • Jarred Kelenic – CF
  • Cole Roederer – CF

Best pitcher trade targets

  • Jesus Luzardo – SP
  • Simeon Wood Richardson – SP
  • Casey Mize – SP
  • Mitch Keller – SP
  • Deivi Garcia – SP
  • Matt Manning – SP
  • MacKenzie Gore – SP
  • Hunter Greene – SP
  • Forrest Whitley – SP
  • Touki Toussaint – SP
  • Alek Maniah – SP
  • Sixto Sanchez – SP
  • Brady Singer – SP
  • Dustin May – SP
  • Matt Tabor – SP
  • Justus Sheffield – SP
  • Kris Bubic – SP

While these players are some of the best trade targets, some don’t yet fit the ideal criteria listed earlier. That said, all of these players are guaranteed to develop into superstar players, and should be considered your best targets when running Franchise Mode in MLB The Show 21. Just like most prospects, you won’t see immediate results, but these are trade targets you should be building around.

There are also some young superstar players you’ll have an impossible time trading for, like Tatis Jr. or Soto, so don’t freak out you don’t see them on this list.

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Aja Jones

Writer from Toronto, Canada. Can taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi. Learned how to play drums through Rock Band. Named after a Steely Dan album.
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