The Winter Meetings in Las Vegas are coming up, and if there's as much action, especially on the trade front, as we've seen recently, it should be a busy week out in Sin City.
Now that you have the entire baseball industry under one roof, it'll be easier for general managers and other front office personnel to communicate and get deals done. So here are five surprise trades that could go down at the the Winter Meetings.
5. J.T. Realmuto Finally Traded to Mets
The New York Mets have been linked to Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto for some time now, and after their big blockbuster deal with the Mariners involving Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, things have heated up once again. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is making it clear he wants to win now, and the catcher position is one of their biggest areas of need.
Miami would prefer not trading within the division, but there comes a point in time where your options are limited, and as long Michael Conforto or Brandon Nimmo headline this deal, the two sides should be able to work something out.
4. Mariners Continue Tear Down and Deal Kyle Seager to Twins
The Seattle Mariners are clearly tearing it down and starting over, and third baseman Kyle Seager, who is owed $57.5 million over the next three years and has a team option for a fourth, is a contract they'd love to get off the books.
The Minnesota Twins are always in search of infield help, and even though Seager is coming off a down 2018 season, he provides them some much-needed left-handed thump. Minny has the prospects, especially young pitching, to swing a deal that works for both parties. They're suddenly on the verge of overtaking Cleveland in the central, and this could help.
3. Braves Acquire Mitch Haniger
Why stop there? Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto doesn't seem dead set on moving Mitch Haniger, as he's still under club control for several years at a cheap price and coming off an All-Star season, but he could bring the most in return.
If they want to continue stockpiling young assets, there's no better organization to call than the Braves. They have one of the top farm systems in the game, and are a team looking to win now. Atlanta needs a replacement in right field while the Mariners could use more young pitching. This is a perfect match, and if you get Dipoto and Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos in the same room, a deal can be made and made quickly.
2. Dodgers, Indians Pull Off Corey Kluber Blockbuster
The Los Angeles Dodgers have to continue putting their foot on the gas pedal, and an addition to the starting rotation in the form of Corey Kluber to go along with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler would be just the ticket.
Cleveland wants to scale it back a little and use its strength in the starting pitching department to add elsewhere. With the wealth of outfielders the Dodgers possess, including Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo, and the depth in their farm system, where else would the Indians get a better package of players?
1. Zack Greinke Heads to Houston
The Houston Astros previously had discussions with the Arizona Diamodbacks about first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, but with Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton entering free agency, a starting pitcher is a huge need. That's where Zack Greinke comes in. Congrats, St. Louis. Enjoy Goldy.
The Astros have top prospects Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley to dangle in front of Arizona's face, but there's also plenty of depth in the system. Perhaps Josh James plus an absorption of salary gets this done?