MLB Trade Rumors: Jair Jurrjens, James Shields and Other Names Making News
With the first spring training games just days away, organizations are finally seeing their offseason maneuvering at work, for better or worse.
A number of names were moved this winter, some more expected than others. And while teams appear poised to move forward with what they've got, rumors are still swirling around a number of players who may be moved before the summer ends.
As the summer approaches and teams identify what it will take to get them over the hump, it's possible we'll see a number of these players move.
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The Los Angeles Angels will no doubt be one of the most looked at teams this season after their active offseason included signings of both C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols to huge contracts.
One player who hopes to be in on the action is Bobby Abreu. He even took his case so far as to indicate he wants to be traded if he's not given an everyday role, according to ESPN Deportes.
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With a great young rotation poised to take aim at a division championship this season, there appear to be more bodies than there are spots, and Mike Minor clearly doesn't want to be on the outside looking in.
It doesn't appear that any trade talks have taken place yet, but Minor has been vocal on his status with the team, stating that he'd like to be traded if he isn't put in the rotation, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
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As was reported earlier this offseason by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays were willing to listen to offers on trades for their star pitchers, namely James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson.
There doesn't appear to be enough interest in parting with the amount of talent that the Rays would demand for Shields, but as the season progresses and needs for contenders are better defined, a move may become more likely.
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As one of the hotter names considered to be a trade target this offseason, Ryan Zimmerman put those rumors to rest this weekend, signing a six-year contract extension worth $100 million.
With the team still pursuing additional talent to fill some holes, the Washington Nationals are clearly showing that they're in this for the long haul.
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Speaking of moves the Washington Nationals are poised to make, they've been in the market for a center fielder for quite some time now, with a long-term option still not in place.
They've been interested in Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos, according to Boston.com, although it appears they'd need to give up a great deal in return for the talented defensive outfielder.
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There was a lot of talk as to whether or not Jair Jurrjens would be moved this offseason, and as he heads into Braves camp and other teams shore up their rotation needs, it appears unlikely a move will be made, at least before the start of the season.
For his part, Jurrjens is pleased with the team's decision to keep him in a Braves uniform, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
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With somewhat of a void still remaining in the Boston Red Sox infield, the team may end up looking outside the organization to complete its puzzle.
One direction the Red Sox may look is toward Tyler Greene in St. Louis, according to Boston.com.
It's seemingly unclear as to whether or not he's a long-term option in a Cardinals uniform, so the Red Sox may be able to find a way to lure Greene, who is out of options in St. Louis.
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While they haven't been as active as their AL West counterparts this offseason, the Texas Rangers have made some moves that turned heads, including signings of Yu Darvish and Joe Nathan to help the pitching staff in 2012.
Despite some rumblings this winter, Koji Uehara wasn't traded, although there appears to be renewed talks, with Uehara possibly wanting to return to his former role with the Baltimore Orioles, according to The Baltimore Sun.
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Having been a part of trade talks since last summer, it's almost surprising that Houston Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez has yet to find a new home.
With free-agent options getting the most attention this offseason, Rodriguez's best chance at moving is likely closer to the trade deadline—a real possibility, given the Astros' willingness to eat half of the $36 million left on his contract.
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Another outfielder apparently catching the eye of the Washington Nationals is Gerardo Parra, according to MLB.com.
The Diamondbacks outfielder has batted .282 over three seasons in Arizona, including a career-high .292 last year, but he now finds himself out of a starting role in AZ, given the team's offseason acquisition of Jason Kubel.