General managers around MLB have reached the point where the available free agents are largely unimpressive, forcing them to focus on trades as a means to improve their rosters.

Sure, Max Scherzer and James Shields are still on the open market, but other than them, Nori Aoki is largely all that’s left in the way of impact players. Nothing against either of them, of course, but the fact of the matter is that swinging a trade is an attractive alternative for many clubs.

Here are three MLB scenarios based on actual need and published rumors from the last week. 

The following proposals are nothing more than speculation. The point here is to build a trade based on someone else’s written or spoken word.

They are balanced deals that are fair for each team, taking into consideration each franchise’s strengths and weaknesses. They are also independent of one another. Each trade presented is a singular move and does not take into account any of the other proposals put forward.

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