The major league baseball GM Meetings take place in Orlando, Florida starting tomorrow until the 13th as it’ll be the chance for several general manager to lay the groundwork for potential trades over the winter.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has a lot to talk about with rumors that the team is shopping Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Along with those three, there are several marquee players on the market and we highlight them below:
David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
The Dodgers, Cardinals and Rangers are considered the favorites to land the 28-year-old left-hander, who admitted after the season that he was resigned to the fact that he would likely be traded.
With one more year left of arbitration, Price will likely sign a lucrative contract extension, something the Rays aren’t used to doing. The Dodgers will be super aggressive to acquire Price while the Cardinals and Rangers have been mentioned as other possible landing spots. Prospects that have been brought up are Zack Lee, Julio Urias, Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras as the Rays will look to get as much young talent for Price.
One of: Ian Kinsler, Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus
Like the Dodgers, the Rangers figure to be aggressive both in the trade and free agent markets and it looks like it’s gotten to the point where they’ll trade one of their three middle infielders.
Kinsler could shift to first base or left field, but unloading the remaining four years of his contract could be something that intrigues GM Jon Daniels. Profar is likely to stay put and with Andrus having seven more years on his deal, he’s tough to move.
Teams connected to Kinsler are the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers and possibly the Dodgers if they decide to deal one of their outfielders to the Rangers.
Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
The odds-on favorite to win the AL Cy Young award has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate. While it’s unlikely the Tigers deal him, GM Dave Dombrowski will surely listen to offers.
Like Price, Scherzer is entering his last year of arbitration and will be a free agent after the 2014 season. Dombrowski and the Tigers have dished out lucrative contracts to Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Victor Martinez and Prince Fielder in recent years and it’s possible they would hesitate to hand out another one.
Teams like the Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals or Philadelphia Phillies could get in on the bidding if he’s made available. Colletti could make a call to gauge the Tigers interest, but I don’t see the Dodgers jumping in on these sweepstakes.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips looks like he’s played his last game with the Reds as the 32-year-old second baseman still has four-years and $50 million left on his contract.
Last season, the veteran infielder split time hitting second and fourth in the batting order, hitting .261 with 18 home runs and 103 RBI as management wants to move his contract in order to re-sign slugger Jay Bruce.
Before they signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, there were talks they could go after Phillips, but now that he’s playing third and shortstop in the Winter Leagues, the Dodgers could be a landing spot. The Tigers, Mets and even the Yankees could be interested in his services if Robinson Cano goes elsewhere.
Free Agency has been slow to materialize as it’s feasible that the Dodgers and other teams goes to the trade route before the Winter Meetings start December 9-12.
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