MLB Trade Rumors: 7 Players Who Could Be the Next To Be Traded This Offseason
The chips have already fallen on the offseason's first big trade, as the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays pulled of a 12-player deal earlier this week that is still waiting for approval from the commissioner's office.
While it may well wind up being the biggest, this certainly won't be the last trade of the offseason, and with the winter meetings right around the corner, trade talks should continue to heat up.
Here is a look at seven players who could next be moved this offseason as teams look to address their needs outside of the free-agent market.
1B/OF Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins
After trading a fifth of their roster to the Blue Jays in a blockbuster deal earlier this week, the Marlins may not be done. They are reportedly shopping first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison, according to a tweet from Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.
Morrison is still just 25 years old and under team control through 2016, and he has shown plenty of power potential during parts of three seasons in the majors. For a team looking for a left-handed bat with some pop, Morrison may be the answer.
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Boston Red Sox
With the Red Sox's signing of free-agent catcher David Ross to a two-year deal, there is now a logjam of sorts behind the plate, as Ross joins incumbents Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway.
That could lead to the team dealing one of those two, and according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox have already been shopping Saltalamacchia for weeks. The 27-year-old hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBI in 405 at-bats last season.
SP Trevor Bauer, Arizona Diamondbacks
The third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bauer entered the 2012 season as the No. 9 prospect, according to Baseball America. He lived up to that lofty ranking, going 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts between Double- and Triple-A before struggling in four big league starts (6.06 ERA).
However, according to Jerry Crasnick, Bauer has fallen out of favor with some in the Diamondbacks organization. As a result, the team is willing to listen to offers on the promising young right-hander.
LF Michael Morse, Washington Nationals
According to a tweet from Jim Bowden of ESPN, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has made bringing Adam LaRoche back the team's No. 1 priority this offseason. If the two sides can come to an agreement, the result could be the club shopping slugger Michael Morse.
And according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, a source "left open the possibility that Morse could be traded." In a free-agent market short on impact power hitters, the team would have no problem moving the 30-year-old who is set to hit free agency at the end of the 2013 season.
SP Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays will look to use their wealth of pitching talent this offseason to bolster a less-than-impressive offense. While James Shields is the name in the headlines more often than not, according to Jon Heyman, it is Jeremy Hellickson who is garnering the most interest on the trade market.
The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, Hellickson won't be arbitration eligible until the end of next season and is under team control through 2016, so he has tremendous value. He'd be a major trade chip if the Rays were to move to acquire a big-time bat on the market.
RF Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have shopped right fielder Justin Upton before, and according to an article from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the team is actively shopping him again this offseason. Rosenthal goes on to say one big league source puts the chances at 80-20 he is playing elsewhere next season.
At this point, it seems like the best thing for both sides is for Upton to be dealt, and seeing as he is signed through 2015 to a team-friendly contract and still has tremendous upside at 25 years old, the Diamondbacks should be able to land an impressive package in return.
SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
As the Indians begin the rebuilding process, they have a number of intriguing trade chips in reliever Chris Perez, starting pitcher Justin Masterson, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
With virtually nothing in the way of talent at shortstop on the free-agent market this season, Cabrera may have the most value of any of them. The fact that he is signed for the next two seasons adds to his value, and according to a tweet from Buster Olney, the Indians are targeting young starting pitching as they listen to offers for the 27-year-old.