Free agency is the most common way players change teams in this day and age, but what about the good old-fashioned trade? Lots of big name players get moved every winter. Last year, former All-Stars Heath Bell, Justin Upton, James Shields, Ervin Santana, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, RA Dickey, Martin Prado, and Mark Melancon all changed addresses, while 2013 breakout stars Tyson Ross, Yan Gomes, and Wil Myers all also found new homes. That doesn't even consider guys like Shin-Soo Choo, Jordan Walden, Chris Johnson, and John Jaso, who were all traded and were all excellent contributors for their clubs in 2013.
That trend will once again continue this offseason. Players will sign as free agents with new teams, and more will be traded to new teams, especially considering the weak state of the free agent market this offseason. But which players are the most likely to get dealt? Here are ten, though there could be many more.
1. David Price. With two years of arbitration left and eight figures in salary coming in each, the small market Rays really won't be able to afford Price anymore. He's more than likely going to be dealt for a package of young talent, much like Tampa Bay did last year with Shields, and the club will be better off in the long run, as much as that might hurt the fanbase to admit. Considering the free agent market really lacks a dominant ace, Price could bring back a hefty return for the Rays.no comments