It's one of the most wonderful times of the year, and it has nothing to do with the fact that it's holiday season.
Baseball's Winter Meetings get underway in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, and with them comes a major uptick in chatter from the rumor mill.
With virtually every team in the game still looking to fill holes and improve their clubs heading into the 2013 season, the Winter Meetings are where much of the groundwork is laid.
That chatter isn't only limited to players available via free agency, either, as a number of players currently on rosters will become the focal points of trade discussions between clubs, whether they are thought to be on the trading block or not.
Let's take a look at seven players who are sure to be dominant names in the news to come out of Nashville over the next week.