After the Kansas City Royals clinched their first World Series win since 1985 last week, completing the MLB season, it's now time to look at the possible player moves this offseason.
This piece looks at five of the top free agents on the market, choosing their best possible fit and where they will likely end up.
1. Zack Greinke - pitcher (2015: Los Angeles Dodgers)
Best fit: Chicago Cubs
Chicago is going to go after anyone that they believe can help push them over that NLCS hump and get them to the World Series. Greinke would be an ideal fit for a rotation that's already dominant. Jake Arrieta, who led the MLB in wins last season, backed up by a reliable Jon Lester and then Greinke? Deadly. Chicago would be a great fit for Greinke.
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Where he'll end up: New York Yankees
Let's face it. There will only be one team that will dish out the six-year, $130+ million contract Greinke is looking for and that's the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers surprised some people last year by sneaking into the wild card game before losing to the Houston Astros. Their biggest weakness last season was their pitching and part of that was due to injuries to Masahiro Tanaka. Greinke has already pitched in the American League (at the Kansas City Royals) so it shouldn't be much of an adjustment.
2. David Price - pitcher (2015: Detroit Tigers/Toronto Blue Jays)
Best fit: Boston Red Sox
Price would be what Pedro Martinez was to Red Sox fans back in the day. A savior. Someone who they can rely on to be dominant and continue a hot stretch, or stop the bleeding if they're on a skid, much like he was for the Toronto Blue Jays. After trading for Price and Troy Tulowitzki at the trade deadline last season, the Blue Jays went on a tear and finished the season at 93-69. Boston needs an ace desperately, probably more than anyone else in the league right now. The Sox picked up Clay Buchholz's $13.5 million option so, more than likely, he will be traded in the near future which opens up Boston's number one spot in the rotation.
Where he'll end up: Boston Red Sox
It's time the Red Sox, and owner John Henry, finally open up their wallets and gets a top talent. New president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski should spend as much money as possible to get a top of the rotation guy, and I think that is Price.
3. Jason Heyward - right fielder (2015: St. Louis Cardinals)
Best fit: Kansas City Royals
With Alex Gordon declining his player option yesterday, the Royals are in search of a replacement. They could get one just as good, if not better. Heyward is a very versatile player, having played all three positions in the outfield over the course of his career. He'd be a great fit for Kansas City in a power heavy lineup, Heyward can get on base, score runs and drive guys in. He's also shown flashes of power from the left side of the plate, hitting more than ten home runs each year of his career thus far.
Where he'll end up: Chicago White Sox
It's no secret anymore that the White Sox are on the rise. Chris Sale and Jose Abreu are the future of the franchise and the White Sox are trying to build a playoff contender around them. Adding Heyward would be essential for that to happen. Chicago has nobody in their outfield depth chart that you could call a productive everyday big leaguer, and he would provide a huge spark for the White Sox's future.
4. Jordan Zimmerman - pitcher (2015: Washington Nationals)
Best fit: Boston Red Sox
Boston needs to focus on one thing this offseason. Pitching, pitching, and more pitching. Boston had the 25th best pitching staff in the league last season. Not something to be proud of. So, for that to change they need to add a good starting pitcher. In case David Price doesn't work out, they need to have a backup plan in place. Zimmerman could be that backup. He's a good guy to have in your rotation even though typically, he's a number two starter, he could carry the load as a one if need be.
Where he'll end up: Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers should make a hard push for Zimmerman in the free agent frenzy. Milwaukee's pitching staff ranked just one better than Boston at 24th in MLB. Both teams will be coming hard for Zimmerman, but the Brewers don't have Hanley Ramirez's contract to accommodate. Milwaukee will have the better offer in the end and Zimmerman could slip through Boston's fingertips.
5. Yoenis Cespedes - outfielder (2015: Detroit Tigers/New York Mets)
Best fit: Los Angeles Angels
After being traded to the Mets on the July 31st trade deadline, Cespedes went to a team that wound up in their first World Series since 2000. After falling short to the Kansas City Royals, Cespedes will become a free agent. He will be paid a boat load of money and the Mets won't have the cap space to keep all their free agents and re-sign Matt Harvey. They'll need to pick the lesser of two evils and Cespedes will likely be the odd man out.
The Angels could use a power bat like Cespedes to accompany Mike Trout. The Halos relied too heavily on Trout to carry the team and he nearly got them to the playoffs only for them to suffer a loss on the final day and miss out by one game. If the Angels get Cespedes and Trout in the outfield with a productive Albert Pujols and a solid starting rotation they could become a very dangerous team.
Where he'll end up: Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore struggled in 2015, after an improbable ALCS appearance in 2014. Injuries took their toll on the season and they never recovered. Baltimore needs a big bat to re-energize a lackluster lineup that couldn't even hit a beach ball last year. Cespedes could also be a big help with his glove too. He has a cannon of an arm in left field and is in the top five in outfield assists since 2013. Baltimore has the money to pull off a signing like this so why not?
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