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December 8-11

2014 MLB
WINTER MEETINGS

Between free-agent signings and trades, the Winter Meetings should be busy. Here are some players to watch.
Yoenis Cespedes | Left Field | Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have outfield depth and could use Cespedes, who is a free agent after 2015, as a chip to add starting pitching.

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Johnny Cueto | Pitcher | Cincinnati Reds
Cueto is a free agent after the 2015 season. Although the Reds probably don't want to trade him now, they might listen to the right offer.

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Cole Hamels | Pitcher | Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies' ace has been at the top of the offseason rumor mill since the season ended. If the Red Sox or Cubs miss out on Jon Lester, both have the prospects to get a deal done with the Phillies.

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Chase Headley | Third Base | New York Yankees
Headley finished strong in 2014 after being traded to the Yankees. With Pablo Sandoval off the market, Headley is the best remaining option at third.

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Matt Kemp | Left Field | Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have outfield depth, and new GM Andrew Friedman has publicly stated that a trade is likely. The Dodgers might not want to trade Kemp, but they'll listen to offers.

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Jon Lester | Pitcher | Oakland Athletics
The top lefty on the free-agent market, Lester is reportedly weighing offers from at least four teams. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a four-year, $70 million deal in the spring. He should get at least double that dollar amount.

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Francisco Liriano | Pitcher | Pittsburgh Pirates
Liriano hasn't pitched more than 162 1/3 innings since 2010, so he comes with some risk. But he has a 3.20 ERA and has averaged more than a strikeout per inning over the past two seasons.

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Brandon McCarthy | Pitcher | New York Yankees
After struggling in Arizona, McCarthy turned things around in 2014 after he was dealt to the Yankees. He posted a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts and boosted his free-agent value. Will he end up back in the Bronx?

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Andrew Miller | Pitcher | Baltimore Orioles
The Yankees appear to be one of the top contenders to land Miller, the top left-hander reliever on the market. He could end up with a four-year deal.

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David Robertson | Pitcher | New York Yankees
Robertson reportedly wants "Papelbon money" (four-years, $50 million). He'll probably get it, but will it be from the Yankees?

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Jeff Samardzija | Pitcher | Oakland Athletics
Billy Beane has already traded his best hitter (Josh Donaldson) this offseason. Will Samardzija, who is a free agent after the 2015 season, be next?

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Ervin Santana | Pitcher | Atlanta Braves
Santana isn't an ace, but he has been durable and should draw interest from teams looking for a mid-rotation starter or teams that miss out on the top three free-agent pitchers -- Max Scherzer, Lester and James Shields.

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Max Scherzer | Pitcher | Detroit Tigers
As the top pitcher on the market this offseason, Scherzer figures to exceed the six-year, $144 million offer he turned down from the Tigers in the spring. Given that he's a Scott Boras client, it might be a while before Scherzer signs.

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James Shields | Pitcher | Los Angeles Dodgers
After Lester and Scherzer, Shields is the top pitcher on the market. He's 32, but Shields has been durable throughout his career and could end up with a $100 million deal.

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Justin Upton | Left Field | Atlanta Braves
The Braves have already traded Jason Heyward. Will Upton be next? Upton's a free agent after 2015, and if the Braves can't extend him, they'll have to think about making a deal.

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