MLB Rumors: High-Profile Hitters Who Could Be Traded This Winter
While most baseball fans continue to focus on the World Series, there are 28 other teams looking to improve heading into next year.
This offseason will feature a number of quality free agents, headlined by Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury. However, some organizations will look to save money by acquiring top talent through trades.
Although the cost of some deals might end up being high, these players are clearly on the market this offseason and could be moved for the right cost.
Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels
The Angels spent a lot of money in the past two years bringing in power threats like Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols to pair with Mike Trout. However, it was Mark Trumbo who led the team in home runs (34) and RBI (100).
Still, Los Angeles has made the hitter expendable in an effort to bring in pitching, according to ESPN's Buster Olney:
The Angels want pitching,and sources say they've indicated a willingness to other teams to trade Peter Bourjos or/and Mark Trumbo to get it.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 29, 2013
While Peter Bourjos is also available, Trumbo would clearly bring in more talent. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that it will take a front-line starter to get him:
The Angels will listen on a deal for Trumbo, but they would have to get a front-line starting pitcher, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking. Righthanded power is hard to come by, and with the futures of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton not clear, trading Trumbo may not make sense.
One suitor is already clear for the first baseman, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:
The San Diego Padres have needed a big bat for a long time, and Trumbo could be the answer to the problems on the offense.
Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets
The New York Mets are going to make a choice this winter, although it is not a good one. Either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda will become the first baseman of the future, and the other will be traded.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the team has yet to decide anything:
The Mets are looking to trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda this winter and have had preliminary chats with other teams, as Jeff Wilpon indicated on Wednesday -- but according to another team source, it is too soon to know which player is more appealing to clubs, and which will ultimately be moved.
However, COO Jeff Wilpon did state that there has been interest from other teams, according to Marc Carig of Newsday:
Jeff Wilpon says the Mets have already had interest from teams looking to trade for a first baseman.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 29, 2013
Still, neither option is all that appealing. With virtually the same number of at-bats last season, Duda hit .223 with 15 home runs, while Davis totaled nine long balls with a .205 batting average.
Davis should be the better option overall after hitting 32 homers in 2012. He is also a much better fielder at first base with Gold Glove potential. Then again, this could simply give him more value on the open market, which will lead to him being the one traded from the Mets.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies
Teams looking for a top-of-the-order hitter with a solid fielding ability will have a chance to trade for Dexter Fowler this winter.
According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies could deal the 27-year-old player as part of the offseason plans:
The Rockies will be looking at outfielders and first basemen, given Michael Cuddyer’s ability to play either position. They seem ready to listen more realistically for offers for Dexter Fowler, with the belief that Carlos Gonzalez can man center field.
Considering Carlos Gonzalez just won his third Gold Glove in a row, it will not be tough to replace Fowler's defense.
Still, Fowler possesses a lot of value as a leadoff hitter. Even in a down year, he displayed a great deal of patience at the plate to earn a .369 on-base percentage, which is right in line with his career numbers.
He also has a knack for getting himself into scoring position with double-digit triples in four of the last five seasons, along with at least 12 stolen bases every season. This skill set will make him quite valuable on the open market and should bring a nice return for the Rockies.
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