MLB Teams Poised to Make Waves with Big Winter Moves

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MLB Teams Poised to Make Waves with Big Winter Moves
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Several teams looking to make a splash this winter will have Ellsbury on their radar.

An exciting offseason usually centers around aggressive teams such as the Angels (Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson) and Marlins (Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell) prior to the 2012 season or the Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Buehrle, Reyes, Melky Cabrera) and Red Sox (David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster, Joel Hanrahan) of last winter.

The common theme amongst teams looking to make a splash in the offseason is that they're usually coming off of a disappointing season, whether that be a last place finish or just missing the playoffs by a few games, and ownership is willing to add a significant amount of salary to the payroll in order to improve the product on the field. 

Several teams are expected to be in that position this winter with the payroll flexibility to add some high-priced talent and an urgency to turns things around after a poor season, or seasons in some cases. Here are four teams that are very likely to add more than a couple of big names to their roster prior to the 2014 season. 

 

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