As the MLB Winter Meetings progress, the offseason has already kicked off with a bang. The Miami Marlins, in typical fashion, have dumped their payroll and sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and two other players to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez and others.
On top of this blockbuster, there are a few other trade rumors that have been circling which, though crazy, could hold some water.
Take New York Mets pitcher RA Dickey. The man has just won the NL Cy Young, but the team could look to deal him if no long-term agreement can be reached. This way, they don't lose him for nothing in free agency.
Of course, with some of the other names being thrown around, we could be in for one hell of a winter.
Butler has established himself as one of the game's better power hitters since debuting with the Kansas City Royals in 2007, and he had a career season in 2012. The 26-year-old hit .313 with a career high 29 homers and 107 RBI.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Royals GM Dayton Moore is under pressure to make some moves and could deal some of the younger talent to bring in established veterans. This of course includes Butler, and the Seattle Mariners have apparently asked about him.
Seeing as how the Mariners could really use a top bat in their lineup to energize the offense, Butler would be a great fit. He has proven that he can hit for a good average as well as power, and his OBP isn't bad either.
It may just be a whisper now, but it could turn into a shout soon if Rosenthal's report holds water.
The Indians could be looking to shed some salary, and Choo could be a trade candidate as he will be due a raise after the 2012 season. The Korean outfielder hit .283 with 16 homers, 67 RBI and 21 steals.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Cleveland could look to deal the outfielder if they underachieve in the first half of the season. However, why not just try and deal him for prospects now?
He is still young enough to bring in a boatload of talent, so GM Chris Antonetti should be wise to listen to any offer he receives for his best player.
The Marlins just made a big trade, and they may not be done yet. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the team will most likely look to deal outfielder/first baseman Logan Morrison. In his brief MLB career, the man has become more famous for his quirky Twitter account than he has for his underwhelming production on the field.
Injuries limited Morrison to 93 games last season, and he hit just .230 with 11 homers and 36 RBI. Needless to say, the Marlins are running out of reasons to keep him.
Given his loud and fun-loving personality, a team in need of a locker-room guy could be in the market for him.
Thirty-eight-year-old RA Dickey just had a career season, going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. For his efforts, he received the NL Cy Young Award.
However, though the New York Mets picked up his option, his future in the Big Apple is anything but guaranteed.
The team is committed to re-signing Dickey but, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, team management is still exploring trades for him.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports theorizes that the Mets' willingness to listen to offers for Dickey is so that he'll take a team-friendly contract, but the right-hander knows what he is worth. Unless a compromise can be reached, he may very well be pitching elsewhere next season.
After the Marlins pulled off their infamous trade with the Blue Jays, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made his feelings known on his Twitter page. Given the volatile nature of team owner Jeffrey Loria, I thought he would see this as a form of insubordination and look to trade his team's best hitter.
Rather, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Stanton was the only player the Marlins didn't list as available at the Winter Meetings. Given how he hit .290 with 37 homers and 86 RBI in just 123 games last season, Miami could surely get a ton of MLB-ready prospects and then some in exchange for him.
However, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com confirmed that the team is not looking to trade Stanton. Yet, if the Marlins absolutely tank in the first half and Stanton is still unhappy, we cannot rule out the possibility that he could indeed be dealt.
Of course, if he does get traded, whichever team lands him will be celebrating Christmas a little bit early this year.