Though they’re rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day.

So it’s never too early to start looking at potential swaps, even with the rumor mill still enjoying a lengthy nap after a hectic offseason. What follows is a look at five trades teams should be thinking about making in the not-so-distant future for a variety of reasons that we’ll delve into.

Keep in mind that teams mentioned as potential landing spots and players mentioned as potential targets are just that: potential landing spots and potential targets. Unless otherwise noted, there’s no indication that said players are currently being shopped or that trade discussions have taken place. It’s pure speculation.

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