Major League Baseball's offseason doesn't always feature the pomp and circumstance of the NBA and NFL. Sure, blockbuster moves, like the recent Tigers-Rangers trade, happen across the winter, but rarely is baseball in the spotlight on a given date and time.
Unlike the other major sports, the baseball offseason can work at a glacial pace, rarely setting up the one-day sales and marathon signing periods of basketball and football. Plus, without an offseason draft, following the day-to-day rumors of potential trades and signings is the only fix for baseball fans.
Yet, for one week every winter, baseball takes center stage. This December, the 112th Winter Meetings will take place. When the general managers, agents, players and executives arrive in Walt Disney World on Dec. 9, business will pick up.
In addition to free-agent contract signings, the trade market could explode. Due to the prices on the open market, teams may be more willing to surrender prospects in order to acquire franchise-changing players on reasonable contracts.
Here are the top players who could be on the move at the upcoming Winter Meetings.
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