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|Written by Mallow Hunt|
|Friday, 16 November 2012 17:20|
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Our own Mac Vincent wrote up an excellent piece on a pair of highly-regarded Cardinals pitching prospects that may see time if Kyle Lohse test free agency. Don't be shocked to see both Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal in 2013, especially with Chris Carpenter still somewhat of a question mark entering the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays certainly appear to be going "all-in" for a title this season. After a 12 player super-trade with Miami, they have now signed Melky Cabrera to a low-risk, two-year, $16m dollar deal. I'm sure Cabrera will be looking forward to the fresh start, and will have another stellar season in 2013.
Cabrera might not have seen the same mega-contract that he might have without the PED suspension, but if he continued his tear on National League hitting he would have staked quite a case for NL MVP, which was instead won by his now former teammate Buster Posey.
Another Cabrera, (Miguel to be exact) took home MVP honors in the American League. The biggest area of Miggy's decisive victory 22-of-28 first place votes over runner-up Mike Trout wasn't just about being baseball's first Triple Crown hitter since 1967, but rather because he made the switch from 1B to 3B and helped lead his team to the World Series with those very same Triple Crown numbers.
The "sabermetrics" crowd has an extremely valid argument to be made for Trout, especially when you factor in his defensive numbers alone. That Trout won the AL Rookie of the Year unanimously over a great "freshmen" crop speaks volumes over exactly why he was an MVP candidate this season. As for the fantasy baseball crowd of voters, I suspect they would lean very Trout-heavy but it'll certainly be interesting to discuss all the way up until draft-day.
The Tigers will be a tough team to usurp at the top of the AL with the addition of Torii Hunter. His two year, $26 million dollar deal is a little pricier than but if he can match the fantastic second half numbers. Something tells me a mix his first and second half splits is a little more reasonable of expectations for Hunter.
After the tsunami of players in the Marlins-Blue Jays deal, the Padres-Athletics deal seems like just a small splash in comparison. Tyson Ross didn't make the kind of impact in 2012 as the A's would have liked (6.50 ERA in 73.1 IP) so Oakland swapped Ross and 1B prospect A.J. Kirby-Jones for Padres lefty Andrew Werner and utility infielder Andy Parrino.
I'm not sure if Arizona is a team that would be interesting in ponying up for B.J. Upton, but it might be something to look into and boost the performance of his brother and current D-Back Justin Upton, who struggled to play at an MVP level after his fantastic 2011.
The trade winds for Justin might still be blowing this offseason, but B.J., a free agent himself, could wind up signing with a plethora of teams. The Phillies, Braves, Nationals, and Rangers have all been rumored as being very interested. Don't be shocked to see the Yankees swoop in over the coming days with Toronto beefing up as well.
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