MLB Trades/Free Agency: 25 Offseason Moves Still to Come
Most of the big names have already been signed this winter.
But there are a few big free agents left on the market as well as a few players that could be dealt.
Teams are not yet done making moves as they try to improve their teams for the 2012 seasons. Many will continue to make small signings up until spring training. Players could also be traded before the season starts.
These moves could turn out to be ones that help make a difference this season.
Roy Oswalt Joins the Texas Rangers
Edwin Jackson to the Boston Red Sox
Edwin Jackson went into this offseason as one of the best starting pitcher available on the free agent market. He thought that he could get a multi-year deal.
It turns out that that does not seem to be the case. It looks like he will be getting a one-year deal. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has reported that the Red Sox have been negotiating with Jackson.
Rick Ankiel Becomes a Member of the New York Mets
The New York Mets have been looking to add inexpensive players this winter. One of the positions that they are looking to fill is a left-handed bat that can come off the bench.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has reported that Rick Ankiel is one of the players that the Mets are interested in. Ankiel would be a good fit for the Mets.
Chicago Cubs Sign Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes is one of the best players left on the free-agent market this winter. He has five-tool potential and could be ready to start the year in the major leagues after coming over from Cuba.
According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal the Chicago Cubs are one of the many teams that are interested in Cespedes. He would be a big addition to the Cubs' lineup.
Gavin Floyd Gets Traded
Gavin Floyd's name has come up in trade rumors a few times this offseason. The Chicago White Sox have yet to find a deal that they have liked.
Once Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson sign, there will be a team out there that is still looking for pitching. That could be the team that jumps at the opportunity to trade for Floyd.
Johnny Damon Goes Back to New York
Johnny Damon spent some time with the New York Yankees earlier in his career and it is possible that he returns to the Bronx for an encore.
According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Yankees have expressed an interested in bringing back Damon as a DH for the team.
Russell Branyan Signs with the Oakland Athletics
Russell Branyan had a rough season in 2011, but that is likely not going to stop him from playing in the majors in 2012. Tim Dierkes has reported that wants to play again next season.
Branyan will be a low-risk and low-cost acquisition for whatever team chooses to sign him. It seems like he would be a good fit for the Oakland Athletics.
Gerardo Concepcion Becomes a Texas Ranger
Players that defect from Cuba have done well in the majors and Gerardo Concepcion looks like he could be another successful story. That is why a number of teams are after him according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
One of the teams that Sanchez named is the Texas Rangers. They have had interested in international pitching prospects in the past. Enrique Rojas of ESPN noted that Concepcion should be signing soon.
Jorge Soler Joins the Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox have been interested in Cuban players before and it has paid off for them, most notably with promising prospect Dayan Viciedo.
Now Viciedo is trying to help the White Sox bring in another player from Cuba. According to Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune, Viciedo has tried to recruit Soler to join the White Sox.
Koji Uehara Is Dealt
It appeared as if Koji Uehara was going to be dealt by the Texas Rangers to the Toronto Blue Jays. But then he took advantage of his no-trade clause and rejected the deal.
That does not mean that that Uehara may not be dealt. The Baltimore Orioles have some interest in bringing back Uehara according to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, but their interest is not as strong as some have made it out to be.
The New York Yankees Sign Bill Hall
Signing a player like Bill Hall might not be a big-name move. But often little moves can be the ones that push a team over the edge.
Ken Rosenthal has reported that the New York Yankees have taken a serious interest in Hall. He would serve as a bat off of their bench.
J.D. Drew Will Retire
After being selected with the number five overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft, J.D. Drew struggled to live up to all of the hype that surrounded him. While had some good years, he struggled in others.
The 2011 season was such a tough one that Drew is considering retirement, according to Jon Heyman.
Kyle McClellan Is Traded
The St. Louis Cardinals have already gone some changes this offseason and they may not be done making changes to their roster.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com has noted that the Cardinals are interested in trading Kyle McClellan. They are looking for some form of salary relief if they decide to deal him.
Wade Davis Finds a New Home
Wade Davis was a fairly popular name earlier this offseason. However, the Tampa Bay Rays did not find any deals that they liked.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, that does not mean that the team has stopped looking to deal him. The Rays are looking for a deal that they like.
Kurt Suzuki Goes to the Tampa Bay Rays
One of the positions that the Tampa Bay Rays are looking to fill is catcher. Marc Tompkin has noted that Kurt Suzuki would be a good fit for the Rays.
Wade Davis could find his way to Oakland in a deal for Suzuki. A deal like this makes sense for the Athletics because it will give them a good, team-controlled pitcher.
Luis Ayala Joins the Los Angeles Angels
One of the last things that a number of teams are looking to do is fill the last one or two spots in their bullpen. Luis Ayala is one of the top relievers left on the market.
A number of teams have expressed an interest in him. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Angels are one of the teams in pursuit of Ayala.
Tim Wakefield Retires
For the past 17 years, Tim Wakefield has donned a Boston Red Sox uniform.
It appears that things might be different in 2012.
According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Bobby Valentine finds it unlikely that Wakefield will be a Red Sox next season. It could mean that Wakefield decides to hang up his cleats.
Manny Ramirez Gets a Minor League Deal with the Oakland Athletics
Manny Ramirez will need to sit out the first 50 games of the season if he is signed because of his suspension for failing a drug test. There are a few teams that might be willing to take a risk on him.
Ramirez will come at a very low price and if he comes close to returning to form it will be a big win for whoever signs him. The Oakland Athletics have an interest in Ramirez according to Assistant GM David Frost.
The Washington Nationals Sign Shawn Camp
The Washington Nationals have already improved their bullpen by signing Brad Lidge.
But they may not be done yet.
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has said that the team will continue to improve their bullpen. Shawn Camp could prove to be a good fit for the team.
Brad Penny Stays in the United States
Some players make the decision to go to Japan if they are not happy with the offers that they are getting from Major League teams. According to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, Brad Penny may take advantage of the opportunity to pitch overseas.
There are some teams in the United States that are still interested in Penny. Crasnick also noted in the same piece that two MLB teams have approached Penny about a deal.
Raul Ibanez Wears Pinstripes
Raul Ibanez knows that his career is winding down and that he will likely be a bat off the bench next season. One possible location for him is in New York and ESPN's Buster Olney thinks the Yankees are a great fit.
Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has stated that the Yankees have been in contact with Ibanez.
Jason Isringhausen Returns to the New York Mets
Dan Martin of the New York Post had reported that there was likely not a spot for Jason Isringhausen in the New York Mets bullpen in 2012.
That may have changed with the news that Taylor Buchholz will likely sit out all of the 2012 season. If Isringhausen is willing to come back for the league minimum, then he could return to the Mets.
Todd Coffey Joins the Brew Crew
The Milwaukee Brewers, like many other teams, are looking to improve their bullpen this winter. They need one more piece.
Todd Coffey had a good year with the Washington Nationals last year and is now a free-agent. He has pitched in Milwaukee before and, according to Jon Paul Morosi, the Brewers are interested in him.
Derrek Lee Signs with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Derrek Lee has high demands for his next contract and, according to Joel Sherman, teams may not be willing to meet it. This could mean that Lee retires.
It seems likely that some team will offer Lee a contract that interests him. He was good with his short stint with the Pirates last year and the team could try to bring him back.
Magglio Ordonez Becomes a Toronto Blue Jay
At the moment, the market for Magglio Ordonez has been very quiet as he has been recovering from ankle surgery. Jon Paul Morosi believes that teams will become interested in him once he is cleared to play.
The Toronto Blue Jays could be the landing spot for Ordonez. He would be a bench bat and a DH for the team while providing veteran leadership.