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5 MLB Teams That Will Be Buyers At The 2013 Winter Meetings

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5 Buyers at the 2013 Winter Meetings

Kim Klement - USA Today Sports

We are approaching one of the craziest times of the year in the MLB offseason when the winter meetings begin. Rumors always flow throughout the duration of the meetings, and this is the time when a lot of teams make big splashes either via trade or free agency. General managers use the winter meetings basically to gauge the interest level in some of their players if they are going to be sellers, or they look at what players are available to trade for if they are going to be buyers.

One of the hot topics at the winter meetings is going to be the pending free agency of superstar Robinson Cano. Cano is seeking at least $200 million in his next contract, and it remains to be seen if his former team, the New York Yankees, will give him that. If not, he will have to look elsewhere or lower his demands.

Some of the big names to move and make headlines around this time of last year were Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke and Justin Upton. The World Series champion Boston Red Sox used the Winter Meetings to massively upgrade their team by bringing in Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Koji Uehara, among others.

After a disappointing 2012 campaign, the Red Sox decided to be buyers at the Winter Meetings. They pulled the right strings and were able to put together a championship contender. Many other teams will be looking to do the same, and here are five in particular that will be buyers at this year’s winter meetings.

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5. Oakland Athletics

Joy R. Absalon - USA Today Sports

The A’s are one of the few teams in the league that can be buyers and sellers at the same time, but they are doing it this year with a buyer’s mentality and looking to be in win-now mode. They will lose Grant Balfour, but they traded for Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson and also Craig Gentry in separate deals. Look for them to add a few more bats.

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4. Seattle Mariners

Troy Taormina - USA Today Sports

The Mariners always seem to be a team interested in making a splash. They are desperately trying to get fans in the seats. Last year, it was Josh Hamilton rumors and this year, it appears to be Cano. Cano would be a big splash for a city that hasn’t been relevant in a while.

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3. New York Yankees

Robert Deutsch - USA Today Sports

They might end up having to move on from Cano, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees won’t try to spend in other ways. They have reportedly signed Jacoby Ellsbury after already signing Brian McCann.

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2. Philadelphia Phillies

Jeff Curry - USA Today Sports

They probably shouldn’t be, but they don’t really have a choice. They can’t be sellers because no one will buy what they are selling. So GM Ruben Amaro Jr must try to plug pieces in, especially in the bullpen. Marlon Byrd was a start of the type of moves the Phillies will most likely be making.

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1. Detroit Tigers

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The Tigers came up just short from making a second straight trip to the World Series, but their flaws were exposed during that time. They will surely look to upgrade their bullpen and try and add a bat to the corner outfield.