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As the Dodgers move forward with a business plan they have operated under since 2012, a new phase is emerging. Youth is becoming king, as big-money contracts to some veterans are set to come off the books in upcoming years. Andre Ethier’s contract obligations will be complete after 2017. Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy are signed through 2018.
The Cubs and Cardinals generally do not make trades: Since the Cubs swapped Bruce Sutter to St. Louis in 1980 -- and we know how that turned out -- the two teams have made three deals.
One other point is that it’s notable who won’t be getting any innings this season. The 2016 Angels gave 31 starts to previously reliable Jered Weaver, who pitched to a 5.06 ERA (though they did win 16 of them). They also gave nine starts to Tim Lincecum, who finished with wholesale jerseys and a 9.16 ERA. But beyond free-agent signee Jesse Chavez, the question of who might take those innings is a significant one, given the lack of depth at the minor league level.
Beyond Kershaw, the club also is expected to spend in order to fill any holes that the emerging prospects do not occupy while trades of other prospects can further fill roster holes.
Further complicating matters is the chance of a 26-man roster, changes to the qualifying offer structure, and now more remotely, an international draft -- all things that could affect a team's approach to its roster. But eventually, the free-agent market will kick into full gear -- and there are several players who have a vested interest in Cheap Jerseys and finding a home in 2017 as quickly as possible due to the dynamics of the market.
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But Boston isn't alone. Beltran represents a fit for several teams, including the New York Yankees, who seemingly cleared a spot for him last month by trading Brian McCann to the Houston Astros, a team that also is a potential suitor. Beltran has played in Houston and New York, too, for both the Yankees and Mets, and might prefer to finish his career in the Big Apple.
The Red Sox are looking for a left-handed hitter to replace the retired David Ortiz at DH, and switch-hitting Carlos Beltran would be a perfect fit. He’s still productive and would be willing to sign a short-term deal with NFL jerseys wholesale, which best fits the Red Sox’s plans. The Sox are also looking for setup relievers, but never count them out if they can make a blockbuster that could land a top-of-rotation starter like the White Sox’s Chris Sale or the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.
The Dodgers still figure to be positioned well if Clayton Kershaw opts out of his contract after the 2018 season. The club is expected to be able to compete with all teams in order to retain Kershaw’s services.
Granderson, 35, hit .237 with 30 homers and 59 RBIs in 545 at-bats. (Batting leadoff in half the Mets’ games suppressed his RBI total, as did an uncanny knack for solo homers.)
The market of outfielders is so incredibly saturated right now with free agents (Dexter Fowler, among others) and veterans available in trade (J.D. Martinez, Brett Gardner) that you could draw this conclusion: If the Pirates push to deal McCutchen now, rather than waiting until next summer when they would have more of a seller’s market, then it may reflect a real concern that the regression in McCutchen’s performance last year is a sign of things to come -- and they want to get value before he declines any more.
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Ramirez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval profile as DHs before their contracts expire. Fellow corner infielder Travis Shaw struggled badly after the All-Star break, but he still has 29 homers in 706 career big league at-bats. And Dombrowski recently noted several prospects who are nearly ready for the big leagues, a group that includes infielder Yoan Moncada, third baseman Rafael Devers and first baseman Sam Travis.
Draft well, sign key international free agents, and then nurture their NFL Jerseys cheap in the minor leagues. As they emerge, fill in any remaining holes with trades or free agents. If it sounds like a recipe, that’s because it is one of the more popular ones being followed in front-office test kitchens around the league.
But that relationship didn't bring Holliday to Boston in 2009, when he was a sought-after free agent in his prime. It isn't likely to be a factor now, either, especially considering the 36-year-old outfielder is coming off a season in which he posted a career-low .782 OPS in 110 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and had his $17 million option declined.
The last trade of a legitimate, signature star between the Cubs and White Sox was in 1973, when Ron Santo was swapped from the North Side to the South -- and Santo was near the very end of his career and played just one season with the White Sox, about 50 percent of it at DH. The White Sox and Cubs have made one trade in the past 18 years.
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Young cores are how both the Cubs and Cleveland Indians were able to advance to the World Series this October. They are how the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have emerged as contenders, with the Red Sox appearing to be a little further along in the process.
That brings us to Carter, designated for assignment Monday night by Chicago Bears jerseys and the Milwaukee Brewers despite leading the National League with 41 homers and posting his best OPS (.821) since 2012. But Carter, a right-handed hitter who turns 30 in December, is the epitome of an all-or-nothing slugger. He struck out 206 times this season and has averaged 188 whiffs since 2013.
The Dodgers do not necessarily have to go young in order to remain a viable contender. Their heavy debt burden will not prevent them from signing free agents, even this winter. But a youth movement at key spots on the roster will not hurt.
Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty"Follow on TwitterFacebookTwitterPinterestEmailcommentWe mentioned here recently that the White Sox had informed the Cubs that the two sides would not be executing a Chris Sale trade. This is in keeping with a longstanding practice of rivals not feeding superstar players, regardless of terms, to their most significant competitive and geographical rivals. The conversation about this erupted to the point where the White Sox felt compelled to say they’ll listen to any offer from any team.