Sports Illustrated MLB writer Jon Heyman has previewed next week's winter meetings by listing the people he thinks will be the top movers and shakers. At the top of the list?
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein.
Here's an excerpt:
Everyone knows who the top players are on the free-agent and trade markets this winter: John Lackey, Matt Holiday, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay and perhaps Adrian Gonzalez. But who are the players behind the players? With a week to go before the start of the winter meetings in Indianapolis, here are the players who are expected to be the real movers and shakers this winter ...
1. Theo Epstein, Red Sox GM. His competitive juices have to be boiling over after the rival Yankees won for the first title in his tenure. Expect Boston to be connected to every major player out there, from Halladay to Lackey to Gonzalez to Holliday to Aroldis Chapman. The chances to keep Bay appear to be diminishing, as outside suitors line up following his rejection of Boston's $60 million, four-year bid. But Red Sox people still seem determined to land a big-time offensive player. You know Epstein loves Hanley Ramirez, the former Red Sox farmhand traded during his hiatus, but there's still no evidence Florida will consider trading him.