What’s next on the Hot Stove?
There were plenty of big signings (see: Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Nelson Cruz, Russell Martin, etc.) before the Winter Meetings and a number of big names changing teams via trade, like Josh Donaldson, Jason Heyward and more.
The Winter Meetings in San Diego were a flurry of activity, too. Jon Lester, Ervin Santana, Brandon McCarthy and David Robertson are off the board, and big trade targets like Jeff Samardzija, Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp have found new homes.
So, what comes next? There’s still quite a bit to be resolved.
That group is headlined by right-handers Max Scherzer, bound to command a massive contract, and James Shields, sure to be in demand by teams that missed out on Lester. For teams looking for a mid-level option, Edinson Volquez and Jake Peavy are still up for grabs.
Most of the top free-agent closers or late-inning relievers have yet to be scooped up, including Francisco Rodriguez, Sergio Romo, Rafael Soriano and Casey Janssen.
With Sandoval and Ramirez both claimed by Boston, Chase Headley leads the pack of available infielders. Not far behind: Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew.
Several teams are still in need of a starting outfielder. Potential fits can be found on the open market in the form of Melky Cabrera, Alex Rios, Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus.
And that’s not even getting into the big trade pieces still in play. Braves outfielders Justin Upton and Evan Gattis are still out there, as is Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro. The Phillies, Red Sox and Dodgers don’t seem like they’re done wheeling and dealing, and the defending World Series champion Giants have some work left to do as well.
The Marlins are looking for a first-base upgrade, the Mets are looking to ship off a veteran starter and the Orioles have a lot of big-name production to replace. That’s just to name a few.
So, Friday has been a relatively slow day on the Hot Stove front compared to the whirlwind news cycle that swept through San Diego earlier this week, but there’s still much to look forward to.