8 MLB Teams Poised to Make Waves with Big Winter Moves

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8 MLB Teams Poised to Make Waves with Big Winter Moves
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Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington cleared $60 million off next year's payroll with one trade.

Teams throughout Major League Baseball have become much more cost conscious with regard to their payroll.

With the new collective bargaining agreement agreed upon last year, teams who exceed $178 million in salary for the 2013 season are taxed at the rate of 17.5 percent for a first-time offense, and as much as 50 percent for a fourth-time offense.

As such, teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees are already close to that threshold just based on 2013 commitments alone, without signing free agents or signing players who will be entering arbitration.

MLBTradeRumors.com listed each team's payroll commitments for the 2013 season, and there are some teams that clearly have some wiggle room with regard to payroll next season and beyond.

Here are eight teams that could make a splash this offseason based on current payroll figures.

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