2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 10 Big Names Who Could Be On the Move
2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 10 Big Names Who Could Be on the Move
With the MLB winter meetings set to take place from December 9 to 12, one of league's most intense trade periods has just about arrived. A collection of general managers meeting with agents, discussing trades and visiting Disneyland might not be guaranteed to result in a flurry of trade activity to take place over the coming days, but it's sure to at the very least get a few conversations started that will lead to major changes being made. Last year, while the meetings did conclude with a lack of major trades being pulled off, the tires were kicked on significant players such as R.A. Dickey and Justin Upton that led to their eventual inclusion in deals.
As the Boston Red Sox showed us this past season, a World Series worthy roster might already be mostly assembled on many of the teams throughout the league. With many big names headlining trade rumors throughout the league and equally as many buyers looking to improve their fortunes, it should be a very exciting few days in Orlando, Florida.
As trade winds begin to pick up, one should expect plenty of rumors and subsequent trades to take place over the coming days. Whether the respective ball club you cheer for is looking for a run-producing power bat or an elite starting pitcher, the trade market has just about everything this year. Although many names will be thrown out and discussed intensely over the coming days, most will stay put, destined to remain with their teams for at least another season.
That said, there are more than a few great players who have one foot out the door as the winter meetings approach. Without further delay, here are the 10 big names who will dominate trade rumors in the coming days.
10. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have made it known that they will listen to offers for Matt Kemp due to the logjam they have in the outfield. After the past few seasons that have seen a notable regression from the outfielder as well as the price tag attached to him, one really can't blame them.
9. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are a long way from having the ability to even think about ending the curse and winning the world series. They have a young power arm in Jeff Samardzija that could boost a minor league system that is slowly but surely is gaining steam. With reports of teams such as the Blue Jays chasing after Samardzija, expect activity around the talented albeit young arm to spike.
8. Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
Since his breakout season in 2009, one that saw him hit .272 with 31 HRs and 106 RBIs, the production of Andre Ethier has stagnated as a run producer. Although he still manages to get on base with a .360 OBP in 2013, the power numbers simply haven't been there. With a logjam in the outfield, one of Either or Kemp will be sure to be gone by the conclusion of the winter meetings.
7. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
To say that the Toronto Blue Jays had a disappointing season would be like saying that George W. Bush didn't quite meet expectations that were raised when he took office.
With injuries seeming more and more common with Jose Bautista in the past few seasons and with a team that might not be ready to truly compete for a World Series, the time might have finally arrived for the Blue Jays to move on from their aging superstar.
6. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
The 27-year-old third baseman really hasn't ever met the high expectations that were set on him when he joined the team in 2008. After a season that saw Sandoval hit a disappointing .278 with 14 HRs and 79 RBIs, the time might have finally arrived for the Giants to move on from one of their cornerstones on offense over the past half decade. The question is: will interest from other teams go further than casual inquiries?
5. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
One year removed from his AL Cy Young campaign, his 10-8, 3.33 ERA and 1.10 WHIP registered last season was not too far off from the type of regular success that Price has seen in his career .
With him getting closer to free agency, the time is now for the Rays to pull the trigger in order to get the most bang for their buck in terms of top-flight prospects.
4. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
After registering a 11-14 record, 3.07 ERA and finishing in the top-five in innings pitched, WHIP, strikeouts and complete games, it's safe to say that Chris Sale's value is pretty high right about now. Coming off of his second consecutive Cy Young-caliber season, it will take a king's ransom to pry Sale from the White Sox, but crazier things have happened.
3. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Coming off of arguably his best season that saw him hit .261 with 18 HRs and 108 RBIs, there is guaranteed to be more than a few calls that will be made in regards to acquiring the services of Brandon Phillips. The consensus was that a trade involving the second baseman was all but inevitable, but according to recent reports by Jeff Passan stating the contrary, one simply does not know what to expect as the meetings approach.
2. Chris Headley, San Diego Padres
After a 2013 season that saw Chase Headley hit .286 with 31 HRs and 115 RBIs, the pedestrian 2013 that saw him produce to the tune of a .250 average with 13 HRs and 50 RBIs might have been the final straw for him at PETCO Park. He is still a relatively young player, and the potential to regain his past form is why teams will come calling for the 2013 Gold Glove winner at the hot corner.
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
The sheer talent that Troy Tulowitzki possesses alone makes him one of the top-10 players in all of major league baseball when healthy. The St. Louis Cardinals, among others, are slowly beginning to gauge the Rockies' desire to move on from him due to his health concerns and long-term contract.