Fifteen Winter Meetings’ Storylines to Watch

7. How Will the Other Outfield Dominoes Fall?

While Jason Heyward is the big fish among the free agent outfield class this winter, there are several other strong free agents in that group. Heyward will likely set the market, with the other names following once Heyward has been signed. It remains unclear where Heyward may sign and if he may sign during the Winter Meetings, but his signing may very well impact the markets of Alex Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and several mid-tier outfielders. Either way there will be a lot of action on the outfield market now that many of the top pitchers have all signed contracts for next season.

8. Are the Mariners Finished Making Moves?

After a flurry of moves to start the offseason, the Seattle Mariners and new general manager Jerry DiPoto have cooled off considerably. Despite this cooling, the Mariners still have quite a few holes to fill and should be active on both the free agent and trade markets at the meetings. Following the signing of Hisashi Iwakuma by the Dodgers on Sunday evening, the Mariners now must shift gears and find another option to fill their rotation holes for next season. Expect DiPoto to be busy this week.

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Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

9. What Will the Nationals Bullpen Look Like in 2016?

Following the disaster that was the acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon at last year’s trade deadline, there has been a lot of discussion on who the Nationals closer will be next year and what the Nationals bullpen as a whole will look like. The Nationals have made it clear that they will be shopping Drew Storen at the Winter Meetings, which only creates further confusion on who the Nationals closer will be. The Nationals could still trade both Storen and Papelbon and acquire a whole new closer, with plenty options on the market. It also appears that Nationals have just missed out on Darren O’Day, so perhaps they hold onto one or both of their quasi-closers. With O’Day or not, the Nationals bullpen may look very different come Thursday.

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