MLB Trade Speculation: Predictions for All 30 Teams at the 2012 Trade Deadline
With players strolling into their spring training facilities over the next week, it may be a bit premature to speculate on who may be moving between now and this summer's trade deadline.
But as the spring moves on, some teams will no doubt look to fill holes to contend as others look to unload payroll and plan for the future.
Every team inevitably finds themselves in this situation, as a number of players are poised to head into different markets during the dog days of summer.
Whether or not any of these moves happen remains to be seen, but here are some possible options nonetheless for teams looking to make a change before July's trade deadline.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Move Gerardo Parra to Build Depth
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 Arizona given the team's offseason acquisition of Jason Kubel and could be expendable if the team decides to seek depth in other areas.
Atlanta Braves: Try Everything to Acquire David Wright
New York Mets third baseman David Wright would no doubt be one of the best free-agent targets next offseason should the team decide not to pick up his 2013 option.
If they don't opt to extend his contract, the Atlanta Braves may give serious consideration to make a play on Wright as a potential replacement for Chipper Jones.
It'd take a lot to get the Mets to budge, but Wright has what it takes to be a playmaker for years to come.
Baltimore Orioles: Bring Koji Uehara Back to the O's
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.
Boston Red Sox: Add Tyler Greene to Infield
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.
Chicago Cubs: Trade Matt Garza
Throughout much of the offseason, it seemed like there were relatively constant murmurs about Matt Garza being shipped out of Chicago prior to the start of the 2012 season.
You'd have to think the Cubs would rather move Alfonso Soriano, but his contract may not allow his departure.
Rumors surrounding Garza may have been quelled a bit, as he signed a one-year deal to remain with the Cubs, but as Jon Morosi of Fox Sports pointed out, the team is still aiming to have a trade in place by the deadline.
Chicago White Sox: Move Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy's tenure in Chicago certainly hasn't gone as planned, as injury issues have kept him from putting up the numbers we all know he's capable of.
With a $22 million option for 2013, it's hard to believe Peavy will stick around beyond this season, meaning the White Sox should start shopping him around in hopes of eventually finding a front-of-the-rotation starter to complement John Danks.
Cincinnati Reds: Move Rolen to Focus Funding on Votto, Phillips
Playing in only 65 games this past season, Scott Rolen struggled offensively, batting his lowest average since 2005 and seeing his power averages drop along with it.
With the possibility of the Cincinnati Reds going in a different direction at third base, the soon-to-be 37-year-old Rolen could be looking for a new home next offseason as the Reds will need to focus their funding on keeping Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto in Cincinnati.
Cleveland Indians: Bring Torii Hunter Back to AL Central
As an aging Torii Hunter enters the final season of his contract with the Los Angeles Angels, you have to wonder if he'll stick with the season through all of 2012, or if the Angels could cut ties.
The Cleveland Indians have a tenuous situation in center field, with Grady Sizemore left as a continuing question mark, and the still effective Hunter would certainly provide a great bat for the resurgent Indians.
Colorado Rockies: Pry Francisco Liriano Away from the Twins
The Colorado Rockies shipped out a pitcher with a high upside in trading Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for some high-value prospects.
They now have a number of talented young pitchers who can certainly perform, but may still want to add a pitcher who can eat up innings while dominating batters.
Jeremy Guthrie presents a veteran arm for the Rockies, but Liriano has a high upside that could pay off, despite consistency issues that are a risk.
Detroit Tigers: Team Will Add Another Starting Pitcher
With one of the best aces in the game heading up the rotation, the Detroit Tigers added one of the second-half surprises of the season in 2011, bringing Doug Fister over for a postseason push.
They'll head up the top of the rotation in 2012, but with less consistency expected from Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, the team could complement their offensive abilities nicely with the addition of another well-established arm.
Houston Astros: Team Doesn't Move on Wandy Rodriguez
Having been a part of trade talks since last summer, and even though he won't be a free agent until 2013, 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.
Given the Astros' willingness to eat half of the $36 million left on his contract you'd think something could be done, but without a move being made any other time he's garnered the interest, there's plenty of reason to believe one wouldn't be made this time around.
Kansas City Royals: Bring in Offensive Depth
With improvements to the starting rotation and bullpen, the Kansas City Royals will certainly have one of the best pitching staffs they've had in a number of years.
In acquiring Jonathan Sanchez from the Giants to take a place in their rotation, however, they gave up Melky Cabrera, who was one of their more consistent offensive pieces in 2011.
A veteran bat like Carlos Lee—and the contract he carries—may be out of the question for the Royals, but would definitely give the Royals' lineup a jolt.
Los Angeles Angels: Bobby Abreu Isn't Around in August
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. In the final year of a three-year, $27 million deal, he even took his case so far as to tell ESPN Deportes he wants to be traded if he's not given an everyday role.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Team Dumps Andre Ethier
The Los Angeles Dodgers at least temporarily dodged a bullet in signing Andre Ethier to a one-year deal worth more than $10 million, avoiding arbitration.
They'll need to make a decision this summer, however, as Ethier will be entering free agency and may not be an economically feasible option for the Dodgers moving forward.
You'd have to think the Dodgers would want to explore an extension for Ethier, but it appears the two sides have yet to get together for discussions.
Miami Marlins: Add Fausto Carmona to Rotation
With continued health uncertainty surrounding Josh Johnson, the Miami Marlins would benefit from making a mid-season acquisition for another starting pitcher as they look to overtake the Phillies and the rest of the division.
Fausto Carmona, who appeared to be headed in the direction of some of the best young pitchers in the league, as he won 13 games and posted an ERA of 3.77 in 2010 with the Cleveland Indians, could be an option.
He has team options for 2013 and 2014, but if he continues to struggle on and off the field moving forward (7-15, 5.25 ERA in 2011), the team may cut ties instead of kicking in the options.
Milwaukee Brewers: Add John Lannan to Starting Rotation
In their first year of the post-Prince Fielder era, the Milwaukee Brewers are still poised to contend in a tough NL Central that will surely be fought until the end of September.
While Shaun Marcum does have one of the game's best change ups and can be an effective option on the mound, concerns over the health of his shoulder could lead the Brewers to make a move on another starter.
Someone like John Lannan, who is starter material but may be on the outside of the rotation at the end of spring training, could be an option.
Minnesota Twins: End Experiment with Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano's tenure with the Minnesota Twins has certainly been one filled with ups and downs. He has shown the ability to be a very effective strikeout pitcher, maybe even an ace, but his inconsistent production has raised some concerns.
His name hasn't been brought up in trade talks for quite some time, but with free agency looming, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Twins ship Liriano out of Target Field rather than work out a long-term deal for the enigmatic starter.
New York Mets: Move David Wright, at a Very High Price
The New York Mets fanbase is already unhappy with the team's unwillingness to work seriously on making a contract extension for Jose Reyes a reality, so it could come as somewhat of a surprise to see David Wright shipped out of town.
Given the possibility the team may not want to spend the $16 million to extend him into 2013, they may be able to get a great deal in return for the star infielder, much like the return they got in exchange for Carlos Beltran.
New York Yankees: Move Nick Swisher at Deadline
After a superb 2010 season in which he batted .288 and drove in 89 RBI while going deep 29 times, Swisher regressed a bit in 2011, seeing his average and OPS drop a bit.
He's been a consistent offensive producer since he's been in the league, however, and with Swisher expecting to enter free agency, the Yankees may just opt to trade him rather than let him walk as they pursue other options.
Oakland Athletics: Trade for Brandon Inge
With Scott Sizemore out as the Oakland Athletics third baseman for the 2012 season, the team will certainly be spending much of spring training weighing their options.
If they're unable to find an internal replacement that's fit to take the place for the duration of the season, they may look at a player like Brandon Inge, who may be attainable given his displeasure with the infield situation for the Tigers.
Philadelphia Phillies: Shane Victorino Is Moved from Philly
Shane Victorino has been a mainstay in the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup for years now, and it's hard to picture him playing elsewhere.
At the same time, however, the Phillies have a number of payroll commitments in other areas, and as they look to consider locking in Cole Hamels and possibly Hunter Pence long-term, they'll need to make some tough decisions, not the least of which would be moving Victorino.
Another stumbling point in the Victorino situation worth noting is his desire for a five-year contract, something the Phillies may not be willing to offer.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Make a Trade for Mike Minor
With a great young rotation poised to take aim at a division championship this season, there appears to be more bodies in Atlanta 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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates did just make a move to acquire A.J. Burnett, but with him being sidelined for the next few months, Minor could fill a role in the middle of the Bucs rotation if they could put the right package together to obtain him.
San Diego Padres: Don't Move Quentin, Despite Potential Suitors
The San Diego Padres made a great move this offseason in acquiring slugger Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox.
Quentin is in his final year before free agency, and keeping in mind that he'll be looking to cash in on his first opportunity at a lucrative deal, you would think the Padres may be quick to flip him to the highest bidder rather than let him walk.
Instead, the team may find enough benefit in having Quentin around to finally make a commitment and sign him to a long-term deal.
San Francisco Giants: Sell High on Cain If a Deal Isn't Imminent
The San Francisco Giants will clearly do everything within their power to keep Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain together for the longrun as they work towards returning to postseason play.
They'll need to play their chips right, however, as Lincecum will eventually want a gigantic deal. If it's looking like a Cain deal may not be workable as the season moves on, they'd be best suited to get something in return rather than seeing him walk in free agency.
Seattle Mariners: Brandon League Doesn't Finish the Season in Seattle
With 2012 being Brandon League's final season before entering the free-agent market, the Seattle Mariners could work to trade him to a team in need of the late-inning help in order to inject the farm system with additional depth.
Teams like the Reds, Angels and Red Sox have been noted as potential suitors for League, and as the season shakes itself out and needs are better defined, a move may well take place.
St. Louis Cardinals: Lohse Waives No-Trade Clause, Leaves Cards
With a no-trade clause in tow, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see Kyle Lohse stay in St. Louis throughout 2012.
The team did, however, make it known this winter that they'd like to either move him or Jake Westbrook, and if Lohse could warm up to the idea of some new scenery, there would likely be some takers for his services.
Tampa Bay Rays: Team Doesn't Trade B.J. Upton
The Tampa Bay Rays always seem to contend in a very tough AL East despite never having much flexibility in the payroll department. They'll run into this obstacle once again in 2012 as B.J. Upton enters the final year of his contract.
It's possible they'd look to unload Upton to the highest bidder, but if the team is in the middle of a race for either an AL East crown or wild card spot, it would be nearly impossible to move such a productive piece and may instead hedge their bets on being able to work out a contract extension.
Texas Rangers: Try to Pry Joakim Soria from the Royals
Averaging 36 saves per season the last four years as the Kansas City Royals closer, Joakim Soria will likely continue to shut the door on AL Central opponents in 2012.
Newly signed closer Joe Nathan isn't what he once was as a closer, and if he doesn't return to his pre-Tommy John surgery form, the team may need to consider adding an arm like Soria in the bullpen to hold leads in the late innings.
Toronto Blue Jays: Bring Gavin Floyd North of the Border
In somewhat of a surprising move this winter, the Chicago White Sox signed pitcher John Danks to an extension, ensuring his place in the rotation for years to come.
With that move, Gavin Floyd becomes expendable for Chicago, as he'll enter free agency next offseason and likely won't sign for a number the White Sox will agree to.
Given the Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of Yu Darvish this offseason, it's clear they're looking to add help in the rotation, and while Floyd certainly doesn't have the same impact, he could still help the rotation.
Washington Nationals: Fill Outfield Gap with Marlon Byrd
As the 2012 season progresses, Marlon Byrd could be a formidable option for the Washington Nationals, a team that would be a logical fit given their past inquiry on Byrd.
With the contract extensions and acquisitions the Nationals are making leading up to this season, there's no reason to think they won't strike again this summer.