It came as no surprise when trade rumors began to swirl before the Major League Baseball postseason could even reach the World Series. It seems to happen every year.
The recent scuttlebutt was especially head-turning, however, as news broke that the Cincinnati Reds may make 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto available this winter. Reds GM Walt Jocketty has denied the claims.
While this may be the first case of a superstar getting his name tossed into the rumor mills, it definitely won't be the last.
Between rumors, speculation and sometimes pure non-sense, dozens of players get their name mentioned every winter when there seems to be no realistic chance that they'd ever be moved.
While there's a legitimate chance that a couple players on this list could be trade bait this winter, most of them will return to their current team in 2012. Either way, every one of them will find their named tossed into the trade discussion at some point this offseason.
For the sake of this list, I didn't include obvious candidates like Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn. They are a given to have their names come up and, by now, we are all aware of it.
Here are "15 Superstars Whose Names Will Come Up This Winter."