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Top 10 Hot Stove deals in past 10 years

Prince-Kinser among notable winter blockbusters over past decade
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This week's trade that sent Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to St. Louis and Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta was the early blockbuster of a Hot Stove season that's just getting started.

Will there be a bigger swap this offseason? Probably. Plenty of teams have needs to address, and there's more than enough time to get deals done. It's still more than two weeks before the Winter Meetings begin in San Diego.

This week's trade that sent Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to St. Louis and Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta was the early blockbuster of a Hot Stove season that's just getting started.

Will there be a bigger swap this offseason? Probably. Plenty of teams have needs to address, and there's more than enough time to get deals done. It's still more than two weeks before the Winter Meetings begin in San Diego.

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Video: Bowman discusses Braves trading for Miller, Jenkins

History also tells us that there will be some more eye-opening wheeling and dealing afoot in the coming weeks. Here's a list of the biggest trades in each of the past 10 offseasons:

Nov. 20, 2013: Tigers trade 1B Prince Fielder to Rangers for 2B Ian Kinsler

This wasn't the only big deal the Tigers made last year, as they dealt Doug Fister to the Nationals for three Minor Leaguers, and there were others, such as a three-way, multi-player swap that sent Adam Eaton to the White Sox, Mark Trumbo to the D-backs and pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. But for pure All-Star sizzle, the Fielder-Kinsler trade had the most intrigue, even if it was an old-fashioned one-for-one.

The deal, which also netted the Rangers $30 million, made sense for both teams, with the Tigers needing to move Miguel Cabrera off third base and shed some payroll to account for possible future pitcher signings (Max Scherzer? David Price?) and the Rangers needing bats following the departure of Josh Hamilton and the eventual one of Nelson Cruz via free agency.

Video: Richard Justice on Fielder-for-Kinsler swap

Nov. 19, 2012: Marlins trade SS Jose Reyes, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Josh Johnson, C John Buck and IF-OF Emilio Bonifacio to Blue Jays for SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Henderson Alvarez, C Jeff Mathis, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Jake Marisnick, LHP Justin Nicolino and RHP Anthony DeSclafani

Any 12-player deal that includes two players alone (Reyes and Buehrle) that the team had signed to $164 million worth of free-agent contracts the previous winter plus a former Cy Young Award contender (Johnson) plus a huge return of prospects merits headline status.

That's why this megadeal managed to garner more attention than the Rays-Royals trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City in exchange for 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers plus pitcher Jake Odorizzi and two other pitching prospects, the deal that sent 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets to Toronto for a package that included prospects Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, and Atlanta and Arizona's trade highlighted by Justin Upton going to the Braves and Martin Prado going to the D-backs.

Dec. 17, 2011: Padres trade RHP Mat Latos to Reds for RHP Edinson Volquez, 1B Yonder Alonso and C Yasmani Grandal

In a winter light on high-impact dealing, the Reds scored a 24-year-old righty with ace potential but gave up a proven big league starter in Volquez and two former first-round Draft picks in Alonso and Grandal.

Dec. 19, 2010: Royals trade RHP Zack Greinke and IF Yuniesky Betancourt to Brewers for OF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar and RHPs Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress

The Brewers went all-in for a 2011 postseason run, knowing that Greinke had only two years left on a four-year deal. The Brewers indeed advanced to October, losing to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series.

Milwaukee ended up dealing Greinke to the Angels at the 2012 Trade Deadline (getting SS Jean Segura) while the Royals were overseeing the development of Cain and Escobar, who became key cogs of Kansas City's 2014 World Series team. Odorizzi was part of the package sent to Tampa Bay that netted Shields and Davis.

Dec. 8, 2009: Three-way deal in which Tigers trade OF Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and RHP Edwin Jackson to the D-backs, Yankees trade OF Austin Jackson and LHP Phil Coke to Tigers and RHP Ian Kennedy to the D-backs, and D-backs trade RHP Scherzer and LHP Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers

This one was the talk of the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis and helped define each organization in the years that followed. Scherzer, of course, became the most valuable piece of the trade when he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2013 and is now likely to sign the largest free-agent contract of this offseason.

The 2009-10 offseason also featured trades of Roy Halladay from Toronto to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee from the Phillies to the Mariners.

Nov. 10, 2008: Rockies trade OF Matt Holliday to A's for RHP Huston Street, OF Carlos Gonzalez and LHP Greg Smith

At the time of this Billy Beane-orchestrated classic, Gonzalez was a mere prospect and Holliday was one year away from free agency (he'd sign with St. Louis). Street became Colorado's closer and Gonzalez broke out during the 2009 NL Division Series, previewing the spectacular 2010 season that would establish him as one of the NL's best all-around players when healthy.

Dec. 4, 2007: Marlins trade IF Miguel Cabrera and LHP Dontrelle Willis to Tigers for OF Cameron Maybin, LHP Andrew Miller, C Mike Rabelo and RHPs Eulogio De La Cruz, Burke Badenhop and Dallas Trahern

In a winter that also saw Brad Lidge traded to the Phillies, Matt Garza to the Rays, Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for Volquez, and the blockbuster between Seattle and Baltimore in which the Mariners traded Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherrill, among others, to the Orioles for Erik Bedard, this monster deal took top billing simply because of the mind-blowing talent of Cabrera.

The Tigers signed Cabrera to an eight-year, $152 million contract in 2008 and have held on to the two-time AL MVP, extending him for eight more years and another $248 million in March 2014.

Nov. 10, 2006: Yankees trade DH Gary Sheffield to Tigers for RHPs Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett

In another winter without many big-name deals, save for 43-year-old Randy Johnson leaving the Yankees for Arizona and the Reds getting Hamilton from the Cubs for $100,000 in a Rule 5 Draft deal, 38-year-old slugger Sheffield got a change of scenery, a change of position and a contract extension.

Nov. 24, 2005: Marlins trade RHP Josh Beckett, 3B Mike Lowell and RHP Guillermo Mota to Red Sox for SS Hanley Ramirez and RHPs Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia

It was Thanksgiving Day, the Marlins were looking to shed salary and the Red Sox were looking to retool. It worked out for Boston as Beckett and Lowell both shined throughout 2007 en route to Boston's second World Series title in four seasons. The Marlins eventually traded Ramirez to the Dodgers and Sanchez to the Tigers as they continued to rebuild.

Dec. 18, 2004: A's trade LHP Mark Mulder to Cardinals for RHP Dan Haren, 1B Daric Barton and RHP Kiko Calero

Two days after trading righty Tim Hudson to Atlanta for prospects, Beane stunned the baseball world again, shipping off the second third of his one-time "Big Three" of star starters, Barry Zito being the other. It was the perfect example of a trademark Beane strategy of flipping homegrown starters for younger arms when the A's big leaguers get too expensive to sign.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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