7 stars who shouldn't be traded this offseason – MLB.com

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein recently caused a stir in the media by saying no player was untouchable. When certain dots were connected, he seemed to be announcing he would consider trading third baseman Kris Bryant.

The Yankees? Braves? Phillies? The possibilities seemed endless. Epstein walked back the remarks, sort of, a couple of days later, saying he was articulating an organizational philosophy and not referencing any specific player.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein recently caused a stir in the media by saying no player was untouchable. When certain dots were connected, he seemed to be announcing he would consider trading third baseman Kris Bryant.

The Yankees? Braves? Phillies? The possibilities seemed endless. Epstein walked back the remarks, sort of, a couple of days later, saying he was articulating an organizational philosophy and not referencing any specific player.

Forgive us for getting carried away. It’s that time of the year — not just for reporters, but for all 30 front offices attempting to reshape rosters and manage payrolls.

In doing this, every possibility can and should be on the table. But the doesn’t mean everything is really on the table. With these next two columns, we’ll attempt to separate the stars that ought to be untouchable and those that shouldn’t be.

Here are seven I would not trade:

1. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants
Sure, the Giants ought to be gauging interest in their ace. This works just fine as a philosophy, since Bumgarner’s a year from free agency.

Don’t do it. He means too much to the franchise. If he’s going to be dealt, then Buster Posey should be as well, which would lead the Giants into the great unknown of starting over. Instead, how about adding to a solid core of players and trying

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