There are a few sure things among the top candidates to be moved before Major League Baseball's Aug. 1 trade deadline. Marcus Stroman comes to mind. As does Lucas Giolito. And so on.

But what about the riskier targets? Are any of them worth pursuing for teams in search of great reward?

Glad you asked. Because the idea here is to look at 10 trade candidates who arguably fall on the "buy low" side of the spectrum, yet who have the potential to turn the corner to better results down the stretch of 2023. And in some cases, even 2024 and beyond as well.

The list is split evenly between five hitters and five pitchers. Going in alphabetical order, we'll start with the former.


SS Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox

Age: 30

2023 Stats: 69 G, 298 PA, 0 HR, 9 SB, .223 AVG, .258 OBP, .262 SLG

Contract Status: Signed through 2023, with club option for 2024

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported on Monday that the White Sox are ready to sell, but in doing so he clarified that Dylan Cease, Andrew Vaughn, Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert Jr. are off limits.

Though Tim Anderson's name is conspicuously absent from that list, one can't imagine that Chicago general manager Rick Hahn is in any hurry to move the eight-year veteran either.

Anderson was at his best between 2019 and 2022, hitting .318 while also providing power, speed and solid defense at shortstop. No thanks to knee and shoulder injuries, what we're seeing now in 2023 is him at his absolute worst. It's, uh, not good for his trade value.

But while the White Sox could hold Anderson, pick up his 2024 option and hope he plays more like himself next season, they're not in position to turn away interested parties in the interim. And any team that strongly believes Anderson can revert to the Anderson of old might be one desperate enough to pay above the market rate to get him.