Joe D. – Mets Sign Marwin Gonzalez
I predict the Mets will sign Marwin Gonzalez, formerly of the Houston Astros. It’s not the big sexy name everyone is hoping for, but the 29-year old Gonzalez gives the team a solid bat that can play a variety of positions. The versatility is something that will have strong appeal for new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Jack Hendon – J.T. Realmuto Gets Dealt
I predict the Marlins will finally get a deal for J.T. Realmuto. Rockies currently strike me as the best fit. Colton Welker would probably get dealt, and Nolan Arenado could end up signing an extension to remain their third baseman for the next seven years.
Dilip Sridhar – Dodgers Get Harper, Trade Puig
The Dodgers will get Bryce Harper and trade Yasiel Puig to the Indians for Trevor Bauer. They seem to be in on the Harper market and Harper would definitely see the appeal of being in LA and competing for a ring. Puig becomes a trade option and Cleveland gets him to bolster their outfield
Rob Piersall – Mets Sign Andrew Miller
The Mets will bolster the back end of their bullpen and give newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz a stud setup man. Brodie Van Wagenen has kept tabs on Andrew Miller this winter, and during the Winter Meetings, he’ll finally pull the trigger.
Richard Heaton – Mets Acquire Kluber
The Mets send Juan Lagares, Dominic Smith, and two prospects to the Indians for Corey Kluber. The Mets would be on the hook for what’s left of Kluber’s three-year deal but will receive a solid secondary ace to go alongside Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler.
Mojo Hill – Dodgers Trade Puig In Deal For Realmuto
My prediction: The Dodgers trade Yasiel Puig, Will Smith, and Gavin Lux for J.T. Realmuto. With Puig going into free agency after this year, the Dodgers already have a good amount of outfield depth and could keep Cody Bellinger in center. They would also feel more comfortable giving up one of their better catching prospects to obtain one of the best catchers in the game. With Lux sweetening the deal, I can see both sides agreeing on this trade.
Marshall Field – Brodie Will Be Very Active
The Mets will be very active. BVW will explore any and all deals to help his team. I believe in him and as he said on WFAN, ‘trust the process’ and I do. I think Brodie goes hard after a catcher and bullpen help. I also think he’ll look at some minor deals to help improve the depth of his team.
John Sheridan – Giants Tear It Down
The Giants have already put Bumgarner on the trading block. Once a team swoops in and grabs him, we should see the Giants start moving pieces like Belt, Crawford, Longoria, Panik, and maybe even Posey to rebuild a barren farm.
On the Mets front, should their pursuit of Realmuto falter, it will be interesting to see if they’re willing to pursue a Posey. Even the Mets are not in on Posey, they should pursue Tony Watson and Sam Dyson to fortify the bullpen.
John Flanigan – Harper Signs with White Sox
The Chicago White Sox will make bold statement to the rest of the league by going out and signing Bryce Harper at the Winter Meetings. Go ahead and call me crazy, but there’s a reason the White Sox are still one of the top contenders for the 26 year old outfielder.
It may be just two years after the Chris Sale trade that sparked the White Sox rebuild, but they are ready to add a star, and there’s plenty of reason to believe they will. General manager Rick Hahn has plenty of money to spend this offseason, and the future is looking bright on the South Side. The addition of a premium talent like Harper could spark the beginning of a new era for the White Sox.
Tim Ryder – Mets Become Front-Runners For Harper
I think the Mets make one of the biggest splashes of the Winter Meetings and emerge as frontrunners for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper. Simple excuses of payroll restrictions and the need for a right-handed bat just don’t add up when compared to the level of talent and star power a Harper brings to a roster. Van Wagenen said he’d be in on everyone. They took themselves out of the Machado sweepstakes in short order but they haven’t exactly ruled out a run at Bryce Harper. I’d say this dream is still alive and well in Flushing in some capacity.