There’s a false narrative making the rounds that it’s too early for teams to be wheeling and dealing. History tells us that’s simply not the case—significant deals can be struck before the calendars flip to June.

Two of the more notable names to be moved before the season’s third month in the past 25 years are Lee Smith, one of the game’s all-time great closers who went from Boston to St. Louis in 1990, and Mike Piazza, who should be in the Hall of Fame and was traded not once, but twice in May 1998.

It doesn’t matter what the date is—if there’s a trade that makes sense for both teams involved, they’re going to make it work. That’s what we’re aiming to do here: concoct trades that work for both teams based on the latest news and speculation that’s floating around.

Keep in mind that these deals are pure speculation. Unless otherwise noted, there’s no indication that any of them have actually been discussed.

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