5 MLB Teams That Will Be Sellers At The 2013 Winter Meetings
5 Sellers at the 2013 Winter Meetings
The winter meetings are a time when teams look to either add a few pieces to build upon a successful year or look to unload players and shed payroll with an eye towards rebuilding.
Every year, you tend to have your typical buyers at the winter meetings. The teams with the big budgets will try to rake in the top free agents. The Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels are always names to keep an eye on when it comes to making a big splash via trade or free agency during the winter meetings.
But not all of those plans always come to fruition. The signings of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols have not quite worked out yet for the Angels, and the Phillies have struggled ever since they brought back Cliff Lee.
It proves that teams that are willing to spend the most money don’t always have the most successful offseason. Some of baseball’s biggest trades occur during the winter meetings and while one team might be giving up the best player, they still might be getting the better end of the deal.
Perfect example: the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves last year. The D-Backs got Martin Prado and Randall Delgado and started to build towards the future. The Braves got a guy that hit only .263 and drove in 70 runs, and were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Because of moves like this where there is always a way to question both sides, the winter meetings are an exciting time. Here are five teams that will more than likely be sellers at this year’s winter meetings.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks already began to unload some of their payroll by moving Heath Bell. With the strength of the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants likely to bounce back, the D-Backs would be wise to make more moves to acquire young assets.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball and with the emergence of Yaisel Puig the Dodgers realize they can move one of their outfielders. One guy that could be on the move is Matt Kemp, who has battled injuries the past two seasons. The Dodgers have enough talent where he could be moved to replenish the farm system.
3. Colorado Rockies
The team has already moved Dexter Fowler, and the rumors are always out there with the potential to move Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies had a miserable year last year and seem to have reached the point where they are ready to pile in the prospects.
2. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays always seem to develop these great prospects and send them on their way when they can’t afford them anymore, and this year appears to be no different. It is more than likely that former Cy Young winner David Price will be on the move sometime this offseason.
1. New York Mets
Sandy Alderson still seems unwilling to put big money into a free agent, and it appears more likely the Mets will try to dump guys like Ike Davis or Lucas Duda before they try to add pieces.
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