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Saturday, December 07, 2013

ESPN: Stark: Winter meetings forecast

Most likely to get traded

So which player in baseball is the best bet to get dealt next week? Ryan Hanigan was leading in the early returns, until the Reds had to go screw up our balloting by dealing him early. So here’s the rest of the voting:

• Jeff Samardzija 3 votes
• Mark Trumbo 2
• Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Logan Morrison, Billy Butler, Howie Kendrick, Didi Gregorius, Adam Lind, Jeremy Hellickson, Mitch Moreland and Ike Davis 1 each

But for every Samardzija voter, there’s a skeptic on the other side who wonders if the late-blooming Price and Tanaka markets make the Cubs more likely to hang on to Samardzija until later in the winter—or even until July.

Likewise, the Trumbo votes came from execs who had just heard his name elsewhere, while an official of a club that had interest in him reported: “I don’t think they’ll move him at all. They seemed more willing to move him a month ago than they are now.”

So if we’re strictly confining this discussion to who gets traded next week, Gregorius, Moreland and Lind feel like better bets than the big names. But one thing we’ve learned from the insanity of previous winter meetings is: Once teams get caught up in the madness, anything is possible.

Thanks to Gurg.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2013 at 11:52 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Canusee Posted: December 07, 2013 at 06:37 PM (#4613176)
No vote for Brett Anderson? Seemed to have been hearing that since Kazmir went to Oakland.
   2. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 08, 2013 at 10:57 AM (#4613457)
Why do the Angels want to trade Kendrick so badly?
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4613499)
#2 I think to save money - they're up against their budget and need pitching badly. Kendrick allows them to spend money on a pitcher, and he can bring back a young pitcher as well. I think he lines up well with the Royals, maybe Kendrick for Duffy and a middling prospect, but KC is kinda thin on pitching too.
   4. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 08, 2013 at 01:09 PM (#4613543)
Stark: Winter (meetings) is coming.
   5. Chris Fluit Posted: December 08, 2013 at 02:35 PM (#4613608)
I had been hoping the O's would trade for Kendrick to fill their hole at second but they went ahead and traded for Jemile Weeks instead do, you know, problem solved.

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