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Trades for hitters could highlight baseball's winter meetings
Trades for hitters could highlight baseball's winter meetings

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, Victor Martinez is gone. Hanley Ramirez is gone. Pablo Sandoval, Nelson Cruz, Russell Martin — gone, gone, gone. The second tier? Adam LaRoche, Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter, Billy Butler — all gone. The best available bats in free agency: Melky Cabrera, Chase Headley, Michael Morse, Colby Rasmus. Not so great. That means trades might be the best bet for a bat,...

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