2014 MLB Offseason: Every MLB Team's Rumor That Will Actually Come True

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

2014 MLB Offseason: Every MLB Team's Rumor That Will Actually Come True

0 of 30

    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the Winter Meetings scheduled for Dec. 9-12, the MLB rumor mill that is already in full swing will only heat up in the days and weeks ahead.

    Sifting through the daily batch of rumors can be overwhelming, and more often than not, they wind up being nothing more than rumor, but there are inevitably some truths sprinkled in as well.

    As the first month of the MLB offseason pushes towards a close, here is a look at one rumor for each MLB team that will actually come true before the offseason wraps up.

Baltimore Orioles: Nate McLouth Will Be Re-Signed

1 of 30

    Jason Miller/Getty Images


    Per Don Connolly of The Baltimore Sun, "The Orioles remain interested in re-signing outfielder Nate McLouth and have talked with his representation since the free-agent period began, according to multiple industry sources."


    The Orioles' biggest need this offseason remains shoring up the starting rotation, but figuring out who plays left field is certainly on their to-do list as well, with Nate McLouth hitting free agency.

    McLouth re-upped with the Orioles last offseason on a one-year, $2 million deal, but he should be able to net a multi-year contract this time around after another solid season atop the Baltimore lineup. At the end of the day, re-signing the 32-year-old looks like the Orioles' best option.

Boston Red Sox: Mike Napoli Will Be Re-Signed

2 of 30

    Elsa/Getty Images


    Per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Napoli stated:

    I've got a great relationship with [Red Sox general manager] Ben [Cherington] and this whole organization. Hopefully it will come down to something where I come back here. But it’s part of the process. Some teams have needs. Of course I’m going to have my ears open. That’s part of free agency.


    Since the beginning of the offseason, the Red Sox have identified re-signing Mike Napoli as their top priority, and while they still need to figure out the catcher position for 2014, it should remain atop their list.

    Napoli signed a one-year, $5 million deal after failing a physical last offseason, but he wound up earning $13 million with incentives as he stayed healthy for the bulk of the season. He finished second on the team in home runs and RBI, and in a thin market for first basemen, signing him long-term is the Red Sox's best option at the position.

New York Yankees: Carlos Beltran Signs as a Free Agent

3 of 30

    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images


    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

    According to sources, the Yankees have set Beltran as their No. 1 target. ... Likewise, Beltran has let it be known to those around him that the Yankees are his top choice, hoping to finally land himself in pinstripes after previous free-agent flirtations during the past decade did not work out.


    The Yankees have already landed one of their top offseason targets, signing catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal. It appears they are now turning their attention to veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran.

    There are a number of teams interested in the 36-year-old switch-hitter, but the Yankees are said to be his top choice. Feinsand points to the fact that the Yankees have only offered a two-year deal to this point, and Beltran is looking a three-year deal as the sticking point, but the two sides should be able to work something out in the days and weeks ahead.

Tampa Bay Rays: Mitch Moreland Is Acquired Via Trade

4 of 30

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images


    Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, "Texas 1B Mitch Moreland was a trade possibility (for the Rays) even before the Rangers acquired Prince Fielder, maybe more so now."


    The Rays have done a great job picking from the scrap heap to fill the first-base position the past two seasons, signing Casey Kotchman (.306/.378/.422, $750,000) and James Loney (.299/.348/.430, $2 million) to one-year contracts the past two seasons.

    They're in the market for a low-cost option once again this winter, and Mitch Moreland looks like he could be a good fit. Moreland is expendable in Texas now after the team's acquisition of Prince Fielder.

    The 28-year-old hit .288/.338/.561 with 12 home runs through June 5 before landing on the shelf with a hamstring injury. He returned on June 21 but hit just .189/.272/.345 with 11 home runs the rest of the way. The potential is there for him to be a solid sleeper candidate, though, if he can maintain that early-season level of play.

Toronto Blue Jays: Ricky Nolasco Signs as a Free Agent

5 of 30

    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images


    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

    A few teams, including the Twins and Blue Jays, are circling Nolasco, but nobody has been able to seal a deal. The free agent pitching market has yet to fully develop as teams are trying to get help via trades.


    After posting the second-worst starting pitching ERA in baseball at 4.81 this past season, it comes as no surprise that the Blue Jays are looking to add another starting pitcher this offseason.

    With a bloated payroll they likely won't spend big on one of the market's top arms, and though they have been linked to a few names on the trade market including Jeff Samardzija, they already decimated their farm system last year, and may not want to gut it further.

    Ricky Nolasco represents a solid mid-level arm that won't command top dollar but could help the staff in 2014 and beyond. He's not tied to any draft pick compensation, and he would be a solid addition behind R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle in the rotation.

Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham Will Be Traded

6 of 30

    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images


    Scott Merkin of MLB.com:

    More moves could be made through trade, with outside interest existing in the White Sox middle infield tandem of Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham. But any such trade figures to add to the youthful base Hahn is trying to build for the future.


    The White Sox began the rebuilding process during the season, moving Jake Peavy, Alex Rios, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain for a number of young pieces led by outfielder Avisail Garcia.

    Chances are, they won't be in a position to contend this coming year, and they already made what will likely be their lone impact signing in adding Cuban defector Jose Abreu, but more trades could be on the way this offseason.

    Gordon Beckham is under team control through 2015, and is still just 27 years old. He could benefit as much as anyone from a change of scenery, and one way or another he seems like a good candidate to be deal this offseason.

Cleveland Indians: Fernando Rodney Signs as a Free Agent

7 of 30

    Hannah Foslien/Getty Images


    Per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "GM Chris Antonetti is scheduled to talk to agent Dan Lozano about two of his clients, closers Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson."


    With Chris Perez released and top setup man Joe Smith signed with the Angels in free agency, the Indians have some work to do to shore up what was a shaky bullpen to begin with last season.

    It looks as though Brian Wilson is headed to Detroit, and Joe Nathan will likely cost more than the Indians are willing to spend, but Fernando Rodney could be just what the doctor ordered to help turn the Cleveland bullpen from a weakness to a strength.

Detroit Tigers: Brian Wilson Signs as a Free Agent

8 of 30

    Jeff Gross/Getty Images


    Lynn Henning of The Detroit News:

    The Tigers are moving toward a possible deal with free-agent bullpen closer Brian Wilson, The Detroit News has learned. A source told The Detroit News that negotiations with the ex-Dodgers and Giants reliever were serious. The source requested anonymity because a deal had not been reached.


    After opting not to sign with anyone last offseason while continuing to rehab from Tommy John surgery, Brian Wilson signed with the Dodgers on July 30 and wound up serving as their primary setup man down the stretch. He posted an 0.66 ERA in 18 regular season appearances, before throwing six scoreless innings in the playoffs.

    Now, the former All-Star is looking to return to the closer's role, and could be a solid replacement for Joaquin Benoit in the ninth-inning role for the Tigers. The team entered last season with a closer-by-committee approach before Joaquin Benoit locked down the job, but he now departs in free agency and leaves the team with a clear need.

Kansas City Royals: Aaron Crow Will Be Traded

9 of 30

    Jamie Squire/Getty Images


    Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star:

    (Royals) club officials privately acknowledge a willingness to trade any of their relievers, including All-Star closer Greg Holland, for the proper return. ... The Royals would want a major return for Holland, whom they really don’t want to trade, but rival club officials say Aaron Crow and Tim Collins are very available — while noting both are controllable, relatively affordable and bring a solid track record.


    As the Royals look to improve at either second base or in right field, they will likely have to turn their attention to the trade market, as they have a limited payroll to begin with and already signed Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million deal this offseason.

    One area of strength they could look to deal from is their bullpen, as they ranked first in the AL last year with a 2.55 ERA out of the 'pen. Aaron Crow and Tim Collins were pointed to as potential trade chips by Dutton, and Crow seems like the best bet to be dealt.

    The 27-year-old right-hander has a 3.19 ERA and 9.0 K/9 in 187 appearances over his three seasons in the majors, making the All-Star team as a rookie in 2011.

Minnesota Twins: Bronson Arroyo Signs as a Free Agent

10 of 30

    John Sommers II/Getty Images


    According to a tweet from Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors

    Hearing Twins remain very high on Bronson Arroyo. Might still be possible to get him on a two-year deal.


    After getting an MLB-worst 5.26 ERA and just a 39-74 record out of their starting rotation last season, it's obvious the Twins need to address their starting rotation this offseason.

    Still a few years from contention as they wait on one of the best farm systems in baseball to arrive in Minnesota, the team likely won't spend on one of the market's top arms, but they have shown interest in veteran Bronson Arroyo since the start of the offseason.

    The 36-year-old spent the past eight season with the Reds, going 105-94 with a 4.05 ERA in that span, and he's coming off of a 14-12, 3.79 ERA season last year. If he could be had on a two-year deal, he'd be the perfect mid-level veteran to anchor the Twins staff.

Houston Astros: Jason Castro Will Not Be Traded, Will Be Extended

11 of 30

    Scott Halleran/Getty Images


    According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Houston Astros general manager stated that Castro is expected to be on the Astros roster:

    I’m not surprised that there would be interest in Jason. He’s clearly one of our most valuable players. I’m never going to say someone is untouchable. But we fully expect Jason to be on our club for a long time to come. He’s reaching his peak. He was our All-Star last year. He’s a team leader.


    The No. 10 pick in the 2008 draft, Jason Castro was finally healthy enough to log everyday at-bats for the Astros last season and he responded by hitting .276/.350/.485 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI.

    As the Astros continue to rebuild, they have been aggressive in dealing most of their movable pieces, but they did lock up Jose Altuve on a four-year, $12.5 million deal last offseason.

    It's no surprise that teams have inquired about Castro this offseason, but the 26-year-old looks a lot more like a building block than a trade chip at this point, and an extension some time later this offseason seems like a good bet.

Los Angeles Angels: Mark Trumbo Will Be Traded

12 of 30

    Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images


    According to a tweet by Buster Olney of ESPN:

    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.


    It's been a busy offseason for the Angles already, as they signed setup man Joe Smith to a three-year deal and also dealt outfielder Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals for third baseman David Freese in a four-player deal. 

    To this point, however, they have yet to address their biggest need by adding another starting pitcher. With little room to work with under the luxury tax threshold at this point, it seems that a trade is more likely than a splash signing.

    The team by no means wants to trade slugger Mark Trumbo, but he would undoubtedly net the biggest return in a trade, and he is set for a sizable raise in his first year of arbitration this winter.

Oakland Athletics: Bartolo Colon Will Be Re-Signed

13 of 30

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images


    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports via Twitter, after missing out on signing Tim Hudson:

    #Athletics want Colon back, but only at price they deem reasonable. Hudson probably more trustworthy. Would have mentored Gray, Parker, etc.


    Despite going 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts during the 2012 season, Bartolo Colon re-signed with the A's on just a one-year, $3 million deal due in large part to the fact that he ended 2012 serving a PED suspension.

    That proved to be an absolute steal, as the 40-year-old went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA atop the A's staff this past year. Despite that, he remains a risky option who could suffer a drastic fall-off given his age. As a result, a one-year deal seems like the best he'll be able to do. Bringing him back to front the young A's staff seems like a wise move for Oakland.

Seattle Mariners: Grant Balfour Signs as a Free Agent

14 of 30

    Brian Bahr/Getty Images


    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports via Twitter:

    #Mariners’ search for closers includes Wilson, Balfour, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. M’s interested in both, among others.


    The Mariners used Tom Wilhelmsen (24-of-29 SV, 4.12 ERA) and Danny Farquhar (16-of-20 SV, 4.20 ERA) in the closer's role for most of last season, and while both guys pitched well at times, it's no big surprise that the team is looking to upgrade the back end of their bullpen this offseason.

    As they look to make the move from rebuilding to contender, they will need to do a better job in close games, as they were 19-29 in one-run games and 6-15 in extra innings.

    There are a number of solid options on the free-agent market, and with it looking more and more likely that Brian Wilson will wind up in Detroit, the best option for them may be Grant Balfour. The 35-year-old is fresh off of a 38-save season that saw him make his first All-Star team.

Texas Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo Signs as a Free Agent

15 of 30

    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images


    Jon Heyman of CBSSports:

    The Rangers are considering a run at top-tier free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and apparently have ruled out the other top free agent outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury. Texas needs to replace offense provided by Nelson Cruz, and assuming the Rangers don't re-sign Cruz, Choo fits the bill.


    The Rangers have already pulled off the biggest move of the offseason so far, landing Prince Fielder from the Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, but they may not be done reworking their offensive attack.

    Not only do they need an outfielder to replace the departed duo of David Murphy and Nelson Cruz, but they also need to replace Kinsler atop the lineup, and signing Shin-Soo Choo would rectify both of those situations. They've already missed out on a top target in Brian McCann, so don't be surprised if they pull the trigger on a mega deal to add Choo.

Atlanta Braves: Kyle Lohse Acquired Via Trade

16 of 30

    Mike McGinnis/Getty Images


    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Twitter:

    I think Lohse could be possibility. "@TMTGrandePesos: @ajcbraves any chance the braves go after gallardo or lohse?"


    As far as rumors go, this one is fairly flimsy, considering it was simply O'Brien's opinion on a question asked to him on Twitter and nothing more. However, when you consider the fact that the Braves claimed Lohse on waivers in August, there may be something to it.

    With the departure of Tim Hudson, the Braves are in the market for a veteran starter anchor their talented young rotation that will feature the likes of Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran with Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood in the running for spots as well.

    Kyle Lohse fits the bill of veteran starter, and comes relatively cheap at $22 million over the next two years. He was not nearly as good this past year as he was in a career year in 2012, but he was still the Brewers' best starter, going 11-10 with a 3.35 ERA.

Miami Marlins: Dioner Navarro Signs as a Free Agent

17 of 30

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images


    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

    The Marlins have expressed interest in free agent catcher Dioner Navarro, 29, a switch-hitter who hit .300 with 13 homers and 34 RBI in 89 games for the Cubs last season. The Marlins would like to add an offensively-gifted catcher to complement defensively-skilled backup Jeff Mathis.


    After seeing a combined 369 at-bats over 136 games while playing for three different teams from 2010-2012, Dioner Navarro joined the Cubs on a one-year, $1.75 million deal to backup Welington Castillo.

    He wound up being one of the few bright spots on the North Side in 2013, posting an .856 OPS and hitting 13 home runs in 240 at-bats, including a three-homer game against the crosstown rival White Sox. That may be enough to land him a starting job this year, and the Marlins seem like a good fit.

    Marlins catchers hit a combined .194/.249/.280 with just nine home runs and 51 RBI in 2013.

New York Mets: Ike Davis Will Be Traded

18 of 30

    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images


    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, "The Mets appear increasingly likely to move first baseman Ike Davis, who is drawing interest from about a half-dozen clubs, according to major-league sources."


    The Mets have already signed outfielder Chris Young this offseason, and they will almost certainly add at least a few more free agents, but at this point it, remains unclear who exactly they will pursue. One thing is clear—Ike Davis is headed elsewhere.

    Despite hitting just .205/.326/.334 last season and spending time in the minors, Davis has drawn a decent amount of interest on the trade market. That is no doubt due to his power potential—he launched 32 home runs in 2012—as teams look to find the next Chris Davis in need of a change of scenery.

    With Lucas Duda capable of stepping into the first base spot, there's no reason the Mets shouldn't pull the trigger on moving Davis.

Philadelphia Phillies: Edward Mujica Will Sign as a Free Agent

19 of 30

    Dustin Bradford/Getty Images


    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports via Twitter:

    Source: Phillies strongly pursuing eighth-inning relievers, including Edward Mujica. Believed to be willing to go three years for setup man.


    The Phillies have already spent decent money on a pair of veterans this offseason, signing Marlon Byrd to play right field and re-signing Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal to remain the team's primary catcher.

    The team's focus now, as they have apparently opted to make a run at contention with their aging core rather than rebuilding, appears to be shoring up the bullpen. With Mike Adams expected to be back healthy to set up Jonathan Papelbon and a number of young arms in the mix for spots, this comes as a bit of a surprise.

    That said, it would not be at all surprising to see the team shell out a three-year deal on a setup man, and Mujica could make sense as an insurance option to Papelbon should they decide to shop him at some point.

Washington Nationals: Boone Logan Will Sign as a Free Agent

20 of 30

    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images


    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post:

    One of the Nationals’ primary, if not earth-shaking, objectives this winter will be upgrading the left side of their bullpen, an area they largely disregarded last winter to ruinous results. The Nationals have expressed interest in Yankees free agent Boone Logan, according to a person familiar with the situation.


    The Nationals spent big to add Rafael Soriano to the back of their bullpen last winter, but they entered the season without a proven left-handed reliever. With little in the way of major holes to fill, aside from potentially finding a replacement for Dan Haren in the rotation, that looks to be their primary focus this offseason.

    Javier Lopez has already re-signed with the Giants, leaving Boone Logan and Scott Downs as the top two options as far as southpaw relievers go. The 29-year-old Logan has appeared in 256 games for the Yankees over the past four years, posting a 3.38 ERA and 10.3 K/9.

Chicago Cubs: Jacoby Ellsbury Signs as a Free Agent

21 of 30

    Elsa/Getty Images


    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News via Twitter:

    Source says Mariners have "no interest" in Ellsbury. Market looks thin, but source adds that Cubs are stealthily waiting in the wings.


    With another year of rebuilding and below .500 baseball likely ahead of them in 2014, the Cubs could very well wait until next offseason before they start spending the money they have freed up over the past two years, but the opportunity to add Jacoby Ellsbury may be too good to pass up.

    The team has a high-upside prospect in Albert Almora, who is expected to be the center fielder of the future, but he's at least a couple years from Chicago, at which time one of the two could shift to left field with fellow prospect Jorge Soler expected to man right field.

    The Cubs' first-round pick is protected, so it would only cost them a second-rounder to ink Ellsbury. If the market for the speedy outfielder remains thin, don't be surprised if the Cubs swoop in and sign him to four-year deal late in the offseason, similar to what the Indians did with Michael Bourn last winter.

Cincinnati Reds: Ryan Hanigan Will Be Traded

22 of 30

    Dustin Bradford/Getty Images


    Buster Olney of ESPN via Twitter:

    Ryan Hanigan is going to be traded and there is interest from multiple teams, and the Reds think they'll get a good prospect in return.


    The predominant rumor out of Cincinnati this offseason has been a potential trade of second baseman Brandon Phillips, and while it remains to be seen if he will in fact be moved, one player who does appear to be a sure thing to be dealt is catcher Ryan Hanigan.

    The Reds signed Brayan Pena to a two-year deal to back up Devin Mesoraco, so Hanigan stands as the odd-man out. Despite hitting just .198/.306/.261 over 222 at-bats, Hanigan does a great job handling a staff and should catch on someone as a platoon option or backup.

Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart Will Be Re-Signed

23 of 30

    Marc Serota/Getty Images


    Jon Heyman of CBSSports:

    The Brewers are considering bringing back Corey Hart to fill their first-base need. It appears Milwaukee may favor a return of Hart over some other first-base options, such as Ike Davis and Justin Morneau, though there are concerns about (Hart's) double knee surgery.


    One of a handful of key bats to miss significant time for the Brewers in 2013, Corey Hart was sidelined to open the year following surgery on one of his knees. Then he wound up missing the entire season when he went under the knife for the other knee.

    In his six seasons as an everyday player, Hart has averaged a line of .277/.335/.495 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI, and he tallied his second 30-homer season in 2012.

    The 31-year-old was reportedly willing to give the Brewers a hometown discount to stay in Milwaukee, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinelback in September. If that is still the case, re-upping with him looks like the Brewers' best option.

Pittsburgh Pirates: A.J. Burnett Will Be Re-Signed

24 of 30

    David Maxwell/Getty Images


    Tom Singer of MLB.com:

    Seven and a half weeks after throwing his last pitch, A.J. Burnett still hasn't decided if he'll throw another. But in continuing to contemplate retirement, if he has begun to listen to more than just his family -- to what the market is telling him -- his next pitch would likely have to come somewhere other than Pittsburgh.


    For all of the young talent they have on their roster, the performance of A.J. Burnett as one of the team's top starters was as important as any to the team's success in 2013.

    The 36-year-old went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA and NL-best 9.8 K/9 over 30 starts. Despite that, the Pirates decided not to make him a qualifying offer, instead hoping to sign him for less than the $14.1 million figure.

    Burnett originally told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would either retire or return to the Pirates, but after watching fellow veterans who are far bigger question marks in Dan Haren (one-year, $10 million) and Tim Hudson (two-year, $23 million) get sizable pay days, he could rethink that stance. In the end, though, I think he winds up staying in Pittsburgh on a one-year deal.

St. Louis Cardinals: None

25 of 30

    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    The Cardinals have already been as active as anyone this offseason, and it will likely be a quiet rest of the offseason for them as a result.

    They have already shipped David Freese to the Angels for Peter Bourjos to give them more outfield depth with Carlos Beltran likely signing elsewhere, before signing Jhonny Peralta to fill a major need at shortstop.

    With that, they are not likely to make any more significant moves this offseason, and sorting out their own in-house pitching situation and finding at-bats for Matt Adams looks to have climbed to the top of their to-do list.

    Those are good problems to have, as the Cardinals look poised for another lengthy postseason run in 2014.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Chris Owings Will Be Traded

26 of 30

    Dustin Bradford/Getty Images


    Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com:

    There has been some speculation that [Matt] Davidson and [Chris] Owings could be packaged in a deal for a front-line starting pitcher and/or power-hitting corner outfielder.

    [GM Kevin Towers stated], "We get asked about them a lot. ... I'm hoping we can hold on to them. We value both of them. ... But you know me, everybody is available in the right deal." 


    As the Diamondbacks look to bounce back from an 81-81 showing in 2013, their biggest areas of need look to be a power bat to protect Paul Goldschmidt and a front-line starting pitcher. However, it appears as though they will look to fill those needs on the trade market rather than in free agency, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.

    They have no shortage of trade chips, but their most valuable piece may be at shortstop, where both Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings represent solid, young options.

    Gregorius manned the position in Arizona last year and more than held his own as a 23-year-old, while Owings ranks as one of the top prospects in the game at the position and hit .330/.359/.482 with 12 home runs and 20 steals in Triple-A last year. One will likely be gone before spring training, and Owings looks like the more likely of the two to be moved at this point. 

Colorado Rockies: Jose Veras Will Sign as a Free Agent

27 of 30

    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


    Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post via Sulia:

    With Hawkins given a chance to close initially, it takes the Rockies out of the running for Brian Wilson, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Joe Nathan, ... Those guys will all likely get three year deals and closer's money... That means the Rockies, in my opinion, have to aggressively pursue relievers in the group that includes Mujica, Joe Smith and Jose Veras.


    This one is more opinion than rumor, but Renck makes a good point on where the Rockies' focus should be, even after signing veteran LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to serve as their closer.

    The Rockies bullpen ranked 28th in the MLB last season with a 4.23 ERA, and when you take standout setup man Rex Brothers (72 G, 1.74 ERA, 67.1 IP) away, that number climbs to 4.57 for a bullpen group that led all of baseball with 555.2 innings of work last season.

    Smith has already signed with the Angels, and Mujica is likely going to command more money than the Rockies will be willing to pay, but Veras looks like a solid option. He pitched well in the eighth inning for a contending Tigers team, and he has closer experience should Hawkins falter.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Juan Uribe Will Be Re-Signed

28 of 30

    Jeff Gross/Getty Images


    Jon Heyman of CBSSports via Twitter:

    #dodgers have interest in juan uribe. But so far he seeks a 3-yr deal. Even in thin 3B market, that's probably a stretch.


    This year's market for third basemen is incredibly thin, as a pair of former Dodgers in Juan Uribe and Michael Young represent the two best options out there, and Uribe is really the only viable everyday starter at this point.

    The Dodgers would no doubt love to pull off a trade for someone like Chase Headley or Aramis Ramirez, but at the end of the day, they will likely have to settle for re-signing Uribe. 

    Despite a solid bounce-back season, it seems unlikely he gets three years guaranteed, but a two-year deal with an option for a third could be a possibility for the 34-year-old.

San Diego Padres: Chase Headley Will Be Traded

29 of 30

    Denis Poroy/Getty Images


    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

    There’s growing sentiment that Headley will be traded this offseason. There’s been talk about an extension, but the Padres, who are now willing to increase payroll under CEO Mike Dee’s leadership, are thinking that they can improve a couple of different areas long-term by dealing their third baseman.


    After hitting .308/.386/.592 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in the second half of 2012, there may have been no hotter trade chip last winter than Chase Headley, but the Padres opted to hold on to their third baseman.

    He responded with a disappointing follow-up, hitting .250/.347/.400 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI over 520 at-bats. Now set to hit free agency at season's end, the chances of the team reaching an extension with Headley seems slim.

    Given how thin the market is for third basemen this offseason, now would seem like the time for the Padres to pull the trigger on a deal.

San Francisco Giants: Michael Morse Signs as a Free Agent

30 of 30

    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com:

    As for left field? Well, the Giants don’t like any of the free-agent options out there and aren’t planning any grand expenditures. They’ll try to work the trade market at the winter meetings next month, and could end up settling for a platoon partner with Gregor Blanco, I’m told. There are a few left-handed options out there as well, including the Orioles’ Nate McLouth.


    Much like last offseason when they re-signed Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Affeldt, the Giants have focused on taking care of their own this offseason, locking up Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez. They also added veteran starter Tim Hudson to help improve what was a disappointing rotation.

    A need remains in left field, though, and while Michael Morse is a speculative name on my part, he would give the team some much-needed power and should come at a relatively low price after a disappointing 2013 season.

    All stats via Baseball-Reference.com.