Senin, 02 Januari 2012

MLB Offseason Predictions

This has been a hectic offseason so far with plenty of big names on the move. The Angels and Marlisn have made some big signings while Oakland has been involved in the three biggest trades due to them trading Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey for lots of more affordable prospects as they prepare for a move to San Jose. However, this offseason has a lot more time left in it and a few more big moves will happen. These are my predictions for what will happen over the rest of the offseason.

1. Prince Fielder to the Washington Nationals on an 8-year deal.
All signs are pointing towards the Washington Nationals in the race for Prince Fielder. Scott Boras has great relations with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Rizzo's comments have started to open the door for Fielder to come to the Nationals. The Nationals are a way better option then either the Baltimore Orioles or the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles have shown their concern about the Nationals lurking from their reported comments on how they are being used to get the Nationals involved. Prince Fielder would be the perfect fit in a Nationals uniform. The one problem would be what to do with Adam LaRoche. The worse case scenario for the Nationals is that they have to release LaRoche because of Fielder but they should be able to get a low prospect because LaRoche would be a good trade option for teams like Tampa Bay, Seattle, and Milwaukee. At the end of the day, the Nationals only threat is Texas and they really don't have much interest and Nolan Ryan is more concerned right now with the Yu Darvish negotiations. The Nationals won't be able to turn down the opportunity to have a lineup with Ryan Zimmerman, Fielder, and Michael Morse as the three guys in the middle of an order that could be one of the best in baseball since they also have Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa, and the potential of Bryce Harper being in the lineup on Opening Day.

2. Matt Garza to the Detroit Tigers for a package that includes prospect Jacob Turner.
Matt Garza would love the opportunity to be on a winning team and the Tigers are a perfect match. The Tigers are looking to make a very good rotation even better and Garza would be a great fit. Garza knows how to win from the time he spent in Tampa. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to bring in good young players to lead a rebuild effort in Chicago and Matt Garza is a player that can do just that. The biggest revalation in these trade talks was a report that Detroit is wiling to part with top prospect Jacob Turner for Matt Garza. The Cubs know that Turner has the potential to become a top-of-the-rotation starter. Garza would make Detroit's rotation one of the best in all of baseball with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, and Doug Fister. At the end of the day, Matt Garza will be pitching for the Detroit Tigers and the Cubs will have some good prospects including Jacob Turner.

3. Ryan Madson will sign a three-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Madson is in the same situation as Rafael Soriano was last year because both do not have any suitors. Last year, Boras was somehow able to get the Yankees to sign Soriano even though they didn't need him. Ryan Madson wants a situation where he can be a closer and the Cardinals would be crazy not to go get Madson. Ever since Jason Isringhausen left, the Cardinals have had no consistency at closer as Ryan Franklin only lasted a year and Jason Motte is not a proven closer. Ryan Madson would be the perfect fit for a Cardinals team that saved some money because they were not able to resign Albert Pujols. The Cardinals could probably get Madson for only 9 to 10 million a year instead of the 12 million he was asking for earlier in the winter. The Cardinals would have a proven closer in Madson who could get you those three outs at the end of games and that could get the Cardinals a few more wins because they have some consistency at the end of the game. The Cardinals will be that mystery team that Scott Boras is able to bring in to sign Madson to a multiyear deal.

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