An Early Look at This Winter's MLB Trade Market

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An Early Look at This Winter's MLB Trade Market
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Could the Rays shop David Price this winter with two seasons left of team control?

Trade talk and actual trades were limited in July for several reasons, including a large amount of teams not out of contention or not believing they were out of contention. While this won't change in the offseason when all 30 teams have a clean slate and are optimistic about their playoff chances in 2014, there is a much better possibility for an impact player to change teams. 

The more teams are in the bidding for a player, the better the return will ultimately be. This is usually the case in the offseason.

In addition, teams are more willing to pull off major leaguer-for-major leaguer deals in the offseason. They're also not as hesitant to trade away a player from their projected 25-man roster because there is a good chance they can replace that player through free agency or another trade if a capable replacement isn't already in place.

With that said, we can go ahead and start looking forward to hearing some big names in trade rumors, including Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. It's a near certainty the Rays will not be able to retain their 27-year-old ace beyond the 2015 season when he becomes a free agent. So they'll have to decide when is the best time to trade him. 

Because he'll be at peak value with two full seasons of team control this upcoming offseason, it makes sense for the Rays to start discussing possible trade scenarios with interested teams. They obviously were able to overcome the loss of James Shields, who was traded away last offseason. Losing Price would be more difficult, but the return would be huge. 

Back in April when the Rays were struggling, I put together three trade packages for Price after ESPN's Buster Olney (via WEEI.comnamed the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals as potential destinations.

Here are six other impact players who could be shopped in the offseason, their potential suitors and what it may take to acquire them.

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