A number of big names are on the MLB trade market already this winter and it seems likely that at least one of them will be dealt. While it is known who is available, the trade packages that teams could get in return for some of these players is unknown.
There will be numerous trade rumors over the course of the winter and they will pick up around the winter meetings. Some may come true and others may prove to be at least partially correct.
The following are possible trade packages that teams (which have been linked to the top five players on the market) can offer to get a deal done.
The Boston Red Sox have been said to be interested in acquiring both Shin-Soo Choo and Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. This move would go a big way in helping the Red Sox start to turn things around.
One player that the Indians would almost certainly target is Red Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts. It seems almost impossible that the Red Sox would move him in such a deal.
Instead, a much more realistic possibility is that the Indians pick up Henry Owens, Kolbrin Vitek and Aaron Kurcz for Choo and Masterson.
Dealing R.A. Dickey will certainly not be a popular move amongst New York Mets fans after his outstanding performance in 2012, but Dickey is 38 years old and wants a big raise.
The Mets want a catcher and an outfielder in return for Dickey, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
It is possible that the team could work out a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, who were said to want top-of-the-rotation pitching according to Shi Dividi of Sportsnet.
J.P. Arencibia and Anthony Gose could be dealt to the Mets in return for Dickey. New York may need to send another piece to Toronto to get a deal done though.
While Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has reported that the New York Mets are less willing to deal Jon Niese than the other players on their rosters, they may look to move him if they have a fire sale.
Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger has previously suggested that the Mets could get a return similar to what the Oakland Athletics received when they dealt Gio Gonzlaez.
In that deal, Oakland got two top 60 prospects, as rated by Baseball America, as well as two other major league-ready prospects.
Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle has suggested that the Royals need to pick up an ace. Niese could be a fit for the Royals based on both his ability and his price.
In return for Niese, the Mets could possibly get Alex Gordon as well as Yordano Ventura and Jorge Bonifacio.
With the St. Louis Cardinals possibly looking to upgrade at shortstop this winter, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has mentioned that the Cardinals could have a serious interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.
Over the past two seasons, Cabrera has proven to be one of the best shortstops in baseball. He has made the past two All-Star Games and is under contract through the end of the 2014 season.
The Cardinals are going to need to give up one of their top prospects in order to convince the Cleveland Indians to deal Cabrera.
A possible deal could involve both Carlos Martinez and Tyrell Jenkins. Those two young arms would help the Indians rebuild their rotation over the next few years.
The Texas Rangers are in hot pursuit of Justin Upton, but they apparently have no desire to deal either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar for him, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This could allow another team, such as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, to step in and make a deal.
Based on the Arizona Diamondbacks' need for a shortstop, a deal would likely start with Hak-Ju Lee, the Rays' talented young shortstop prospect. This idea has also been suggested by Marc Tompkin of The Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa Bay would likely need to include another prospect in a potential deal, and Alex Colome, one of the Rays' top pitching prospects according to Baseball America, could be enough to get the deal done.