Baseball's annual rumor fest is upon us. The winter meetings start Monday in San Diego, and what traditionally deteriorates into a week of overblown analysis of overblown hype might actually amount to something big.
One reason: teams looking for offense may have to trade for it.
Among the free-agent class,
The best available bats in free agency:
That means trades might be the best bet for a bat, with executives from all 30 teams under the same roof at the winter meetings.
Here's a primer on some other potential activity:
Could be, but the Dodgers are not the only team with outfielders available. The
None of those players comes with a contract worth even half the $56 million owed to
What teams are looking for outfielders?
The Orioles have lost Cruz and Markakis in free agency, and they cannot rely on third baseman Manny Machado and catcher
The Padres, trying to energize a depressed fan base and conjure up an offense under new General Manager A.J. Preller, have swung and missed at Sandoval and Cuban newcomer Yasmany Tomas. They have catchers to move —
Which player is most likely to make headlines this week?
"If someone gives you $170 million and someone gives you $150 million," he said, "is that $20 million really going to change your lifestyle?"
Lester's decision should jump-start the sluggish pitching market, since
Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda has not been posted for bidding among major league clubs. Maeda is not considered as elite as Masahiro Tanaka, who commanded $155 million from the
If baseball is swimming in money, and Giancarlo Stanton's $325-million contract with the Miami Marlins is the most recent proof, is there any position where salaries are not shooting up?
The Yankees just gave
The Phillies have not generated interest in
Is there a shortstop option available for the Dodgers?
Not a good one. Free agency offers a whole lot of meh, in
Any other shortstops we might hear about?