This year’s MLB offseason is shaping up to be a busy one on the trade market as teams turn their attention to potential blockbuster deals to offset one of the weakest free-agent markets in recent memory.

That should lead to plenty of talks of potential blockbuster deals during this year’s winter meetings, which will take place from Dec. 4-8 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale will be a special case, as acquiring him will mean giving up young talent that would be otherwise untouchable.

It will still take significant prospect talent to swing a deal for the likes of Jose Quintana (CWS), Chris Archer (TB) and Sonny Gray (OAK), among others who could be shopped.

With that in mind, what follows is a look at the prospects who could be used as linchpins in a winter blockbuster deal.

However, first we needed to narrow down which teams will be in a position to potentially pull off such a trade.

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