The red sox may have made headlines, but don't get carried away anticipating more deals on the order of the Curt Schilling trade. Rumors about such stars as Alex Rodriguez, Mike Piazza or Manny Ramirez being dealt this winter are overblown. Unless the Rangers decide they'd rather have Ramirez and the $95 million obligation that's due the petulant slugger over the next five years, A-Rod isn't going anywhere. And reports of Piazza's discontent in New York appear to be greatly exaggerated. Still, with numerous teams looking to lower their payrolls and an unprecedented 210 free agents available, an unusually large number of elite players are going to be relocating in the coming weeks—at considerable cost, of course. That group won't include Andy Pettitte ( Yankees) or Ivan Rodriguez ( Marlins), but it will include these players, whose new homes can be found on our free-agent wheel of fortune.
Los Angeles Dodgers
A perfect match: Los Angeles needs to fill a hole at shortstop and offers a nice cultural fit for japan's 28-year old star, who has hit better than 300 for seven straight years.
Baltimore is ready to spend serious vice this winter, and team vice president Jim Beattie knows the Expos' prize right fielder will from his days as G.M. in Montreal.
San Diego Padres
The Padres want a veteran to mentor their young starters. Who better to play Odi-Wan hander, who already has a home in the San Diego area?
Baltimore would love to have the Marlins' Ivan Rodriguez, but the 33-year-old lopez, who's coming of a superb season (.328, 43 home runs, 109 RBls), is a more cost effective option.
New York Yankees
The 30-year-old right hander wants at least a four year deal an affordable commitment for New York, which is also pursuing a trade for expos ace Javier Vazquez (3.24 era last year).
The A's can't afford the 2002 AL MVP shortstop, who slumped to a 278 average last year and hitting starved Seattle's first priority is to upgrade the left side of its infield.
New York Yankees
The Braves' star wants to wear pinstripes, according to his uncle (and Yankees mirror league pitching coach) Doc Gooden, and rightfield in the Bronx has been a black hole for years.
The Phillies are shy about giving the rightander the five year deal he wants while Atlanta will have spending money and a hole in its rotation if it loses Maddux and Sheffield.