MLB Trade Speculation: 10 Deals That Should Happen Between Now and Opening Day

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2012

MLB Trade Speculation: 10 Deals That Should Happen Between Now and Opening Day

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    There have already been a number of huge trades during the 2013 MLB offseason, and there could certainly be a few more before Opening Day.

    The Miami Marlins sent most of their remaining stars to the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Tampa Bay Rays traded away James Shields and Wade Davis and brought in one of the top prospects in baseball as well as a few other players.

    Additionally, the Cincinnati Reds were able to get Shin-Soo Choo in a three-team trade that also sent Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians (h/t Danny Knobler of CBS Sports).

    Teams are still looking for talent to fill out the remaining spots on their roster or upgrade over their current players, and that will lead to some more trades this winter.

R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays

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    The New York Mets have a difficult decision to make this offseason when it comes to R.A. Dickey. They can either sign the Cy Young winner to an extension, deal him, or let him play out the final year of this contract.

    If the Mets trade him, the Toronto Blue Jays would be an option and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has noted that the Mets could seek J.P. Arencibia and Anthony Gose in a deal.

    The deal would make sense for the Mets because they would get the talented young catcher and outfielder that their team so desperately needs.

    Acquiring Dickey would likely make the Blue Jays the favorite in the American League, so the move makes sense for them as well.

Joel Hanrahan to the Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Despite their free-spending ways, the Los Angeles Dodgers may not have surpassed the San Francisco Giants in terms of talent. There still may be some moves that the Dodgers need to make this winter if they want to win the National League West.

    While the Dodgers already have a strong bullpen, they could certainly look to make it better. The team has expressed an interest in Joel Hanrahan, according to Buster Olney of ESPN (Insider required).

    Bleacher Report MLB Lead Writer Ian Casselberry has suggested that the Pittsburgh Pirates could receive Aaron Harang in return for Hanrahan. The Pirates can use starting pitching, and Harang would be a great addition to their staff.

Rick Porcello to the Baltimore Orioles

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    The Baltimore Orioles were able to reach the postseason in 2012 despite the fact that they had a number of starting pitchers that struggled. They could be looking for someone more consistent this winter.

    Rick Porcello is not currently available, but the Detroit Tigers may look to trade him if they re-sign Anibal Sanchez (h/t Danny Knobler of CBS Sports). If this is the case, the Orioles would be a good fit.

    Baltimore is a team built around young talent and Porcello would be able to help the Orioles now and as they get better over the next few seasons.

    There are a number of prospects that the Orioles could send to the Tigers, and including someone like Parker Bridwell could help the two teams come to a deal.

Jacoby Ellsbury to the Chicago White Sox

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    Although Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington has mentioned that the team does not want to trade Jacoby Ellsbury this winter, a deal still could happen (h/t Tim Britton of the Providence Journal). Dealing Ellsbury could give the Red Sox the flexibility to go after Josh Hamilton.

    Trading for Ellsbury could be a good move for the White Sox. He would give the team a better chance of competing with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central this season.

    Chicago could send Gavin Floyd, who was said to be available by Dan Hayes of Comcast Sports, and a prospect to the Red Sox to make a deal work.

Alfonso Soriano to the Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Philadelphia Phillies still have a need for an outfielder even after acquiring Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins. Jayson Stark of ESPN has stated that the Phillies are considering trading for Alfonso Soriano.

    Any deal would need to include cash going from the Chicago Cubs to the Phillies. The prospect that the Cubs get will depend on how much money they kick in and Domonic Brown's name has been mentioned (h/t Jon Heyman of CBS Sports).

    Soriano's offensive abilities are suited for Citizens Bank Park, but there are certainly some concerns about his ability to play average defense in the outfield. The positives should outweigh the negatives in this case.

Dexter Fowler to the Seattle Mariners

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    Like many teams, the Seattle Mariners are looking for young, talented hitters. To find them, they will likely have to look to the trade market.

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has noted that a number of teams have called about Dexter Fowler. The 26-year-old center fielder is exactly the type of player that the Mariners want.

    Pitching is a major weakness for the Colorado Rockies, and the Mariners can certainly deal one to the Rockies. One of the Mariners' top pitching prospects, such as James Paxton, could be sent to the Rockies in a deal.

Chris Capuano to the Texas Rangers

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    Although the Texas Rangers were pursuing R.A. Dickey earlier this offseason, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported that the team is now unlikely to go after him. In the same piece, Rosenthal also mentioned that the team could target Chris Capuano.

    After signing Zack Greinke, the Dodgers are looking to deal Capuano, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. While he is not an ace, Capuano would improve the Rangers' starting rotation.

    The Dodgers have a fairly full roster, so they can afford to deal for a prospect that will need some time to reach the majors. Luis Sardinas would be a good haul for Capuano.

Jesus Guzman to the Houston Astros

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    With the Houston Astros moving to the American League, they need to find a designated hitter. The San Diego Padres are considering dealing Jesus Guzman, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    Guzman could be a good fit for the Astros since he can play both at first base and in the outfield and because he will not become a free agent until after the 2017 season.

    The Astros picked up a number of prospects as a result of their midseason trades, and they can afford to part with one for Guzman. A prospect such as Adrian Houser could be paired with a lower-level prospect to facilitate a deal.

Jason Kubel to the Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays have already made one big deal this winter and they could potentially make another one. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has speculated that the Rays could go after Jason Kubel.

    Kubel could split time between the outfield and the DH slot for the Rays and provide them with a solid power bat.

    Tampa Bay's farm system is consistently one of the best in baseball and the Rays could certainly put together an appealing package. Drew Vettleson could headline a deal between the two teams as long as the Rays include another prospect.

Dayan Viciedo to the New York Mets

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    One of the biggest areas of need for the New York Mets is their outfield. The team does not have great internal options, so they could look to the trade market.

    According to Dan Hayes of Comcast Sports, the Chicago White Sox could make Dayan Viciedo available this winter. Viciedo would add power to the Mets lineup.

    In return for Viciedo, the Mets could send Reese Havens and Matthew Reynolds to the White Sox. Havens could challenge for the starting spot at second base and would give the Sox more flexibility if they want to deal Gordon Beckham, a player that Hayes has mentioned could be available.