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MLB Trade Speculation: James Shields and 15 Big Names Who Will Be Shopped
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We're still a few weeks away from any big-time trade rumors hitting the internet and perhaps even actually being consummated by willing teams. That certainly doesn't mean it is too early to start taking a look at some potential big-name targets that could be shopped by their teams this winter though.

I'm not insinuating that each of these players will be starting the 2012 season in a different uniform than the one they currently own, but there are various reasons that they will likely hear their names pop up in trade speculation as we progress through the winter meetings and deeper into winter.

Perhaps, they are entering the final year of their contract. Maybe they are eligible for arbitration and will be cost-prohibitive to their current team to retain. Maybe neither apply but they are big enough trade chip to command top talent in a big prospect package in return.

Whatever the reason, these players have either already been the subject of some speculation or they most certainly will at some point following the conclusion of the World Series.

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