As I work on the season review, I thought I would do a sort of comical post about what will happen this off season. These are all things that could happen, some more unlikely than others. I do think that these will happen though.
1. Albert Pujols signs in Chicago
With Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer heading to Chicago, I believe they will want to make splashes in their first years in office. There’s no bigger player out there to grab. Pujols to Chicago would kill the Cardinals…or would it?
2. Prince Fielder signs with the Cardinals
Shortly following Pujols going to the Cubs, the Cardinals will agree to terms with Prince Fielder. He is a player that is more in their price range and can replace the gap at first that Pujols had left. The money the Cardinals would save of Fielder could make him more valueable than Albert.
3. Jose Reyes signs with the Marlins
If your best friend offered to change positions so you could play with him in a new stadium in a club with lots of upside, wouldn’t you say yes? Hanley already said he would move to 3rd for Reyes and this is a team that wants to spend money. Reyes in the new Miami stadium could be a player to watch for them. Sorry Mets fans! I hope he stays!
4. The Nationals acquire Matt Kemp
Ok, this one is a little ridiculous, but it makes sense. Here me out. Washington needs a Center Fielder, and have been searching for one. Also, a team that could be a world series threat as soon as next year could want to acquire a final piece. They have the prospects to trade for Kemp also. Finally, he is on the last year of his deal…who knows?
5. The Mets sign Heath Bell
So far this offseason, Sandy Alderson has really made it apparent that he wants to find a closer outside of the organization and he wants stability in the 9th inning. This makes me think that we could have a reunion in NY with Bell and sign him to the 3 year deal that he wants.
6. There will be a bidding war for C.C. Sabathia
Just because CC opted out of (or is expected to) of his contract with the Yankees does not mean that other teams can not bid on him. I believe the Nationals, Yankees, Rangers, and maybe the Mets could be in on him. Imagine if CC was swept up by the in state rivals, that would be fun.
7. C.J. Wilson will be a National
Besides a center fielder, the Nationals want a front of the line starter. They don’t have a good lefty guy so Wilson fits perfectly in Washington.
8. Carlos Beltran signs with the Indians
The Indians could really use Beltran to sure up that lineup. He could be a DH or a RF for them and fit in well with that ball club.
9. Grady Sizemore signs with the Rays
A team that does not have alot of money and looking to trade Upton could easily pick him up on an incentive laden deal. If they do pick him up, I think he will have a bounce back year, but that is just my opinion.
10. Jimmy Rollins signs with the Red Sox
I am not getting a good vibe from the Rollins-Phillies conversations. I don’t think they will agree and the Red Sox need a short stop for next season. This could easily happen.
11. Alex Gonzalez will replace Rollins in Philly.
Alex Gonzalez is a good player who could help the Phillies with his glove. I don’t think he will hit, but the one thing you do know is that he will field the ball.
12. Carlos Pena will sign in Milwaulkee
He is basically a better fielding, crappier hitting Prince Fielder. Makes sense for them.
13. Cuddyer AND Kubel sign in Minnesota.
They need all the bats the can get. They can not afford to lose these guys.
14 JD Drew will retire.
This is a player that has struggled in the past couple of years. I don’t think anyone will pick him up and he will be forced into retirement.
15. Yu Darvish to sign in Texas
This is probably the most hyped Japanese prospect since I have been intently following baseball. From what I see from limited tape, he looks like he will be an amazing talent. With the loss of Wilson, they could very well grab him.
These are just predictions, just for fun. It is not what I want to happen, but just my gut right now. Any other players that you guys can think of I can add to this list.