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Crystal (base)ball: 30 Hot Stove predictions

January 9, 2017

Now that the calendar has flipped to 2017 and Spring Training is on the horizon, all 30 beat reporters have made bold Hot Stove predictions about what each club could do the rest of the offseason. Here's a breakdown:Angels: The Angels had their work cut out for them going

Now that the calendar has flipped to 2017 and Spring Training is on the horizon, all 30 beat reporters have made bold Hot Stove predictions about what each club could do the rest of the offseason. Here's a breakdown:
Angels: The Angels had their work cut out for them going into this offseason, but an upgrade behind the plate wasn't necessarily high on the list. Still, could the Halos snatch up Matt Wieters? More >
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Astros: Houston is in "win now" mode and it could use another frontline starter to slot in behind Dallas Keuchel. That's why it'll win the Jose Quintana sweepstakes. More >
Athletics: Oakland ranked 26th in the Majors in slugging last year, so why not add the 2016 home run champ? More >
Blue Jays: Reunited and it feels so good -- Joey Bats will return to Toronto. More >

Braves: Atlanta raised eyebrows by acquiring Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. But general manager John Coppolella might not be finished trying to add a big-name starter to the rotation. More >

Brewers: Milwaukee could use some relief help for high-leverage situations, and it will get it, possibly in the form of a two-time All-Star with about as high-leverage experience as you can get: the World Series. More >
Cardinals: St. Louis' big offseason splash was the signing of center fielder William Fowler, but the Cards could make another outfield acquisition, of the under-the-radar variety. More >
Cubs: The defending champs want rotation depth. How about signing a guy who pitched for them the last five seasons, played some left field last year and homered in the playoffs? More >
D-backs: Think Arizona is set at catcher? Wieters could be headed for the desert. More >
Dodgers:Yasiel Puig's Dodger days could be numbered. Whom might Los Angeles land for the mercurial outfielder? More >

Giants: After seeing its even-year championship streak snapped, San Francisco could eye upgrades at third base and left field. Could we see Todd Frazier or Jay Bruce by the Bay? More >
Indians: Excitement abounds around the defending American League champs, and more could be on the way if the Tribe's No. 1 prospect makes the Opening Day roster. More >
Mariners: Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto has been a busy man since taking the job, and his next move could be grabbing the best remaining free-agent pitcher on the market. More >

Marlins: Miami could chase Chase Utley for utility depth. More >
Mets: After re-signing one slugging outfielder, New York will likely be trading another very soon. More >

Nationals: Washington missed out on Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen, but it may now have found its next closer. More >
Orioles: The O's have made the bulk of their moves late in the winter in recent offseasons, though one move would catapult Baltimore's winter to historic heights: a long-term contract for Manny Machado. More >
Padres: A former National League Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star, not to mention a franchise icon in San Diego, will return. More >

Phillies: How do you improve the Majors' worst offense in '16? Adding a slugging right fielder would certainly help. More >
Pirates: A perfect fit for the Bucs, this left-hander could shore up the starting rotation and vault Pittsburgh back into postseason contention in '17. More >
Rangers: Texas has often gone with low-risk, high-reward contracts in the past, and it'll do that again this offseason. Ryan Howard? Jered Weaver? Joseph Nathan? Lots of possibilities. More >
Rays: Don't be surprised if Tampa Bay deals from its well-stocked arsenal of arms to acquire new talent in a blockbuster deal. More >
Red Sox: The retirement of David Ortiz leaves behind some big shoes to fill in the slugging department for Boston. But how about bringing in someone who hit 41 homers last season to take aim at the Green Monster? More >

Reds: Cincinnati has a bevy of young arms, but after an injury-plagued first half last season, look for the Reds to bring in a veteran starter. More >
Rockies: Colorado is looking more intriguing going into '17, but it still needs to bolster its biggest weakness from last season: the bullpen. Look for a big move in that direction. More >
Royals: Kansas City needs to replace the power lost when designated hitter Kendrys Morales left for Toronto. Enter Matt Adams? More >

Tigers: Detroit's been busy getting the band back together. The next move? It could be adding a familiar face who had the best years of his career in the Motor City. More >
Twins: Imagine this: The Twins keep James Dozier and add Jose Bautista. Start salivating in Minnesota. More >

White Sox: The South Siders have already landed two of the top three prospects in baseball, according to, in Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito. When they trade Quintana, they'll add to that haul. More >
Yankees: Flame-throwing closer? Check. Next, we could see a frontline starting pitcher head to the Bronx. More >

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for