Here's the latest from ESPN's Buster Olney (Insider req'd)...
- Some executives and agents predict that Anibal Sanchez could sign for anywhere from $30MM to $60MM as a free agent this offseason. I'd expect something closer to the high-end of that range.
- The Royals desperately need at least two quality starting pitchers, though Gil Meche's shoulder problems could make GM Dayton Moore tentative on the free agent market. Otherwise players like Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, and Edwin Jackson would make sense.
- Olney says no one should be surprised if the Royals deal one of their core hitters - Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, etc. - to acquire pitching this winter. Hosmer presumably has the most value of the group despite his down 2012 season.
- The Rays could match-up for such a trade with the Royals since they have a wide array of starting pitching to offer. The Mariners, Diamondbacks, and Athletics could be matches as well.
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