MLB Rumors: 10 Players Who May Be On the Move

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 29, 2010

MLB Rumors: 10 Players Who May Be On the Move

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    Cliff Lee
    Cliff LeeEzra Shaw/Getty Images

    The 2010 World Series is not over yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to talk about players who could be changing teams this offseason.

    Notable playoff players such as Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee, Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth and Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford all could start with different teams next April on opening day 2011.

    Free agency and trades make the hot stove season very exciting, and this winter is sure to see major players switch cities.

    Next, we will look at 10 significant players who are free agents or may likely be traded this winter.

Texas Rangers Pitcher Cliff Lee

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    Cliff Lee
    Cliff LeeJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Cliff Lee has been a dominant pitcher the last two seasons, and his playoff resume is equally spectacular to his regular season play.

    Even with a poor Game 1 performance in the 2010 World Series, Lee will draw plenty of attention this winter as a free agent.

    The Texas Rangers are sure to try everything possible to retain Lee, but big-spending clubs like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are certain to be involved.

    After being the trade deadline prize the past two seasons, Cliff Lee will need to choose a home in 2011, and he may be rewarded with a contract near $150 million.

Carl Crawford

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    Carl Crawford
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    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has long been an admirer of the Tampa Bay outfielder, and this winter is his chance to make him a Yankee.

    Crawford has exceptional speed and is a solid average hitter, who does lack power. 

    His defense is exceptional and would make a great addition to any team.

    The Red Sox need an outfielder badly, and Crawford would benefit from Fenway Park's cramped outfield.

    Crawford is the best non-pitcher free agent this winter, and many teams will try to sign him.

Carlos Pena

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after a 5-2 win against the Texas Rangers during game 4 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Im
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    Carlos Pena is a great power hitter and is decent defensively at first base.

    However, he does strike out quite a bit, and as he gets older, playing designated hitter will be his only use. 

    Any American League team could use Pena, and the Baltimore Orioles, and Seattle Mariners could benefit with Pena in their lineup.

    Carlos did not have a great season in Tampa during 2010, so I expect he will re-sign with the Rays, who badly need his offense if Carl Crawford decides to leave via free agency.

Paul Konerko

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 10: Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox hits a double against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on August 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 12-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Paul Konerko is one of the more consistent players in baseball today and has been a Chicago White Sox player since 1999.

    Konerko is a White Sox captain and a fan favorite. 

    Paul leaving would be hard for the fans to accept, especially after he helped the White Sox win their first World Series decades back in 2005.

    Konerko seems to be a loyal White Sox player, and it would be surprising if he left Chicago this winter.

Jayson Werth

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies connects for a first inning sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadel
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    Jayson Werth is seeking a contract worth over $100 million this offseason, and don't be surprised if a team gives into his demands.

    A proven player with five tool skills, Werth is still young and has great hitting ability.

    The Red Sox would love to sign Werth, and Jayson would greatly benefit from Fenway Park's short left field, aka Green Monster.

    Werth is likely to sign with the team(s) who miss out on Carl Crawford.

    However, the Anaheim Angels missed the postseason for the first time in many years in 2010, and Werth would be the perfect bat to help rebuild Los Angeles' lineup.

Adam Dunn

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    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 24:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals hits a home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 24, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    Adam Dunn has been a trade deadline topic each of the last few seasons because of his great offensive ability.

    Few players have hit more home runs than Adam Dunn since 2000, and he is one of the best left-handed bats in baseball.

    Dunn should attract a lot of attention from American League teams, but do not be surprised if the Washington Nationals re-sign him. 

    The Nationals have a lot of top prospects that will make an MLB impact next year, and if Dunn is willing to stay, Washington could be contenders in 2011.

Prince Fielder

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    ATLANTA - JULY 15:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Although Prince Fielder is not a free agent until after the 2011 season, he has been repeatedly mentioned in trade talks for several years. 

    The team most involved in trade rumors involving Fielder is the Boston Red Sox.

    Prince would make a great replacement at first base and DH for the aging Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who looks to play a small role in Boston if he re-signs for 2011.

    Fielder is a great power hitter, and Fenway Park's hitter-friendly dimensions suit him perfectly.

    Prince is sure to be moved before he becomes a free agent because the Milwaukee Brewers cannot afford to get nothing in return for him.

Jacoby Ellsbury

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    BOSTON - APRIL 06:  Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox heads to first base in the first inning against the New York Yankees on April 6, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Jacoby Ellsbury was labeled as a future all-star after his stellar performance during the 2007 World Series, helping the Boston Red Sox win their second title in four seasons.

    Ellsbury has not been the player the Red Sox expected after his tremendous 2007 playoffs, and to be fair, injuries have limited his ability to receive playing time.

    Jacoby has a few years left under Red Sox control, and the front office WAS frustrated at his ability to rehab from a rib injury this season.

    Ellsbury could easily be traded if the Red Sox find a better solution for center field.

Hideki Matsui

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Designated hitter Hideki Matsui #55 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles in the 9th inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/G
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    Hideki Matsui was named the MVP of the 2009 World Series in his final season as a New York Yankee, and was rewarded with a contract last offseason from the Angels.

    Although he is over 30 years old, Matsui still makes a great DH, and the Angels are likely to re-sign him.

    The American League is Matsui's only choice because his bad defense is not good enough to play a corner outfield spot.

    At the trade deadline, look for Matsui to be a hot commodity.

Vladimir Guerrero

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28:  Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Texas Rangers takes batting practice before Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin S
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    Vladimir Guerrero resurrected his career with the Texas Rangers this season. He has a mutual option to return to Texas for 2011, and that scenario seems likely to happen.

    Vlad has been a huge part of Texas' historic run to its first-ever World Series and is a perfect DH, but still has a great throwing arm from right field.

    Vlad is almost certain to finish his career in Texas, one that is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

2010 MLB Offseason

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 27:  Pitching coach Mike Maddux talks with Cliff Lee #33 of the Texas Rangers against the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed J
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    This offseason does not have the best free agent crop we've seen in recent memory, but the number of players available for trade is very good.

    The big spending clubs like the Yankees and Red Sox are sure to be involved with many of these players, but many small market teams have huge decisions to make.

    The Texas Rangers have many talented young players to re-sign in the next few seasons, as well as the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The decisions made by the Rangers and Rays this offseason will greatly affect the powers of baseball for many years to come.


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