I don't know about you guys but I enjoy the offseason just as much as the baseball season itself. I enjoy following the trades and signings and seeing team's strategies for either repeating last year's success or revamping for the future. So, I came up with some trade ideas that would excite me, as a fan of the sport. I have blockbusters, salary dumps, and under the radar deals that could potentially help some teams gear up for next year.
The Orioles need a legitimate ace to compete in the toughest division in baseball and there's no guarentee Bundy will be that by next season. On Philly's side they may have an outside chance of competing next year, but the logical decision would be to build for the future and this trade would do that on their end.
On Texas' end, having Price and Darvish at the top of any rotation would be a daunting task for opposing hitters. With that being said what team wouldn't want David Price. On Tampa's end, they have a ton of young pitching and can afford to use that money in other areas.
For the Royals, Greg Holland is probably their biggest commodity. Small market clubs would be wise to cash in on players while their trade value is at its peak. On the Angels' end, Holland would solidify the back end of their bullpen which would also take a little pressure off their starters, which I would consider a worthwhile investment for the Angels.
The Blue Jays proved that they can't win with their current group of players and Encarnacion is their most valuable trade commodity and Buehrle is very much overpaid. In order to dump Buehrle's contract, they would have to send someone like Encarnacion. Seattle may be a team with money to spend and in desperate need of offense. Furthermore, Buehrle would likely fare better in Safeco than Rogers Centre at this stage of his career.
I admit this may be too much on the Cardinals' end, but Fowler would add a dimension the Cardinals have lacked for some time in speed and Rutledge is a talented young shortstop who could be good for a long time which is always valuable and Pomeranz still has potential. Maybe a change of scenery along with new instruction will allow him to reach his potential which would give the Cards a lefty in case Garcia can't pitch.
Simply put this would give Detroit salary relief and added depth while significantly deepening the Rockies' rotation.
7. OAK Brett Anderson for SD Jesus Guzman and Nick Vincent
Basically a low risk high reward deal on San Diego's end. The Padres are not going to get an ace through free agency so this would be a worthwhile gamble on their part due to Anderson's history of injuries.
8. TOR Moises Sierra for ARI Wade Miley
The D-Backs have pitching depth and the Jays have no place for Sierra. Sierra would add a power bat to Arizona's lineup. Miley would add rotation depth for the Jays which is always valuable for any club.
9. WAS Drew Storen for DET Bruce Rondon
I see Rondon as basically a younger version of Storen. Storen has had some issues in Washington and his stats support the thought that a trade may rejuvinate Storen while giving the Nats a young controllable flame thrower in return.
10. WAS Danny Espinosa for TOR Dustin McGowen
Espinosa was a productive player two years ago and has been demoted by the Nats. McGowen would give the Nats another solid bullpen arm which is always valuable. If Espinosa could regain his 2012 form it would be a steal for the Blue Jays.
On Milwaukee's end, I can't see them winning before Gallardo and Ramirez's contracts expire. Chicago, on the other hand, isn't that far from competing. They have to young rising stars in Sale and Avisail Garcia to build around. Only a couple of veterans could make a big difference for them. Milwaukee would get some young talent back which would only help their future prospects of competing.
A couple of former number one picks who haven't lived up to expectations. Maybe a change of scenery will help. I think it's a worthwhile gamble on both ends.
13. BOS Andrew Bailey for CHW Jake Petricka
Boston has a legit closer in Uehara which makes Bailey expendable albeit without significant value at this point. However, the White Sox could use a guy with closing experience who could mentor Andrew Reed. If Bailey's healthy he's a difference maker out of the bullpen while Petricka would give the Red Sox an inexpensive young fireballer to work with.