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Good morning baseball fans. Jason Heyward is not expected to accept a qualifying offer and would become a free agent as a result. While he had success in St. Louis, there remains a chance Heyward could end up with the Cubs heading into 2016.
Although the crew over at Bleed Cubbie Blue is a bit apprehensive about the potential cost, they had a first-row view of Heyward's abilities this offseason, so they know exactly what Heyward is capable of. Plus, snatching away your hated rival's best player would be the biggest power move of the offseason, for sure. There are plenty of potential destinations for Heyward, but a move to the Friendly Confines would absolutely make the biggest splash of the Hot Stove season. And it would give even more spice to an already-heated NL Central Division.
It's possible that the Dodgers prefer David Price. That's the only way Greinke doesn't sign with them. The pointy heads and abacus twiddlers and scouting gurus like something in Price -- his frame, his age, the way he doesn't look like Joaquin Phoenix inParenthood -- and that's their offseason target to pair with Clayton Kershaw. Or maybe they're thinking that spending extra for both Jordan Zimmermann and Johnny Cueto would be preferable to just one Greinke.
Tampa Bay already made a notable trade this winter and is expected to make several more in the weeks leading up to the winter meetings.
Colorado has reportedly considered signing Daniel Murphy to play first base in 2016.
From a hitting perspective, bringing in Murphy would make sense. The Rockies recently just declined an option on Justin Morneau, leaving a huge hole at first base. Murphy is coming off of a .281/.322/.449 season and a career high in home runs with 14 and a career low 7.1 K%.
Baltimore had interest in signing Byung-Ho Park but were ultimately outbid.
Atlanta is not expected to pursue Matt Wieters this off-season.
While the Dodgers might be interested in Price, the Cubs are the "heavy favorites" to sign the veteran left-handed starter.
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