There have been a number of top young starters that have been dealt this winter. Michael Pineda, Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos and Trevor Cahill have all been dealt, and there are a number of other pitchers could be on the move as well.
Young starters that are a few years away from free agency are very valuable to teams, so it is no surprise that there is a strong trade market for them.
With a weak free-agent market for starting pitching this season, there are more and more teams who are looking to the trade market to try to bring in pitchers that can help fill out their starting rotation.
The Atlanta Braves have a number of talented young pitchers, including Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado in the minors, and they are trying to make room for them in their starting rotation. To do so, the Braves may trade away Jair Jurrjens.
It has been noted by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that there are a number of teams that are interested in trying to acquire Jurrjens. Atlanta has tried to include Jurrjens in a possible deal for Adam Jones, but they have not been able to work anything out with the Baltimore Orioles.
During the MLB Winter Meetings, the New York Mets were listening to a number of offers on starter Jon Niese, according to Jon Heyman. The team did not find any offers that were really interesting to them.
The latest report from Jerry Crasnick is that the Mets would need to be overwhelmed by an offer to deal Niese. New York is in a rebuilding mode, so if a team is willing to offer them a few good prospects for Niese, they might take the deal.
Gavin Floyd has proven throughout his career that he can be a good middle of the rotation starter and that he has the potential to be a No. 2. He will also only be 29 years old when the 2012 season starts, and he is under team control for two more years.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports has reported that the Chicago White Sox are listening to offers for Floyd. This is not very surprising given the fact that the White Sox will likely be rebuilding this season.
After bringing in Paul Maholm, the Chicago Cubs now have six starting pitchers. That means that Matt Garza could be on his way out of town before the season starts.
Dave Kaplan of CSN Chicago has indicated that the Cubs have had some fairly serious talks with the Detroit Tigers about Garza. He would not come cheap, and whoever trades for Garza would need to include one of their top three prospects to get the ball rolling on a deal.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a rotation full of young starters in the major leagues, and they also have a number of prospects in the minors that are very close to being major league-ready. By trading a starter, the Rays will be dealing from an area of strength and they can improve their teams in other ways.
Nick Cafardo has stated that the Rays could consider trading Wade Davis this winter. Davis is signed to a very team-friendly deal that has options for the 2015 through 2017 seasons.