5 Moves That Could Surprise MLB Fans This Offseason

By Jacob Carmendy
Nov. 12, 2016

?Every offseason in baseball, we always experience some type of bold move by a team that many don't expect to happen. Whether it's a trade or a signing, we still see a stunning move or two. Take the Diamondbacks for example. No one saw the Shelby Miller trade and the Zack Grienke signing coming. In this post we will show five potential moves that teams could make that will surprise many fans or even shock some. 

1. Rockies Sign Mark Melancon 

The Colorado Rockies are expected to rise payroll this offseason in an effort to put a winning product on the field next year. They will need to add to their pitching, especially the bullpen. I could envision a situation where they could be a dark horse in the Mark Melancon sweepstakes. It will cost a pretty penny, but don't count Colorado out. 

2. Tigers Trade J.D. Martinez To The Giants 

San Francisco could use a power bat in the corner outfield, and Martinez would bring significant power to this Giants team. They will need to pay up potentially Christian Arroyo or Tyler Beede in a deal, which could hold up a Martinez trade, as J.D. only has a year left on his contract. 

3.White Sox trade Jose Quintana To The Rangers 

Quintana is a huge trade piece for the White Sox, so they will surely ask for a lot in return. The Rangers however, would like to add another outstanding arm to their rotation and have good prospect depth from which to choose from. Beware Rangers fans, Chicago would probably ask for Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar in talks. 

4.Dodgers Sign Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman 

It seems unlikely they would land both, but the big spending Dodgers may pull this off if they truly feel they need both arms. Their bullpen has depth that could prevent this, however. 

5.Pirates Trade Andrew McCutchen To the Astros 

The Astros want to add a big bat to their lineup for next season and the Pirates at the very least want to listen to offers for their star outfielder. The Astros would have to pay a huge price, to which Stros' GM Jeff Luhnow doesn't want to pay prospect wise, but they could surprise. 

6.Edwin Encarnacion Signs With The Orioles

Here's an extra one. Could this really happen? Encarnacion and Chris Davis could rotate between DH and 1st base, like many would expect if he signs with the Red Sox. This is a post of surprises, we shall see.