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The Major League Baseball offseason will be here soon. You won't believe what'll happen next.OK Johnny Manziel Jersey , fine. You'll probably believe most of it. The winter is bound to contain its share of way-too-obvious transactions a la the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox signing Yu Darvish and J.D. Martinez, respectively, last winter.The hot-stove season always has a few surprises in store, however. With the MLB postseason still in full swing, we got out ahead on predicting eight of the biggest.Let's start with four trades and end with four free-agent matters.Dylan Bundy to the San Diego Padres1 of 8G Fiume/Getty ImagesIt was a shocker when the San Diego Padres, they of eternal low-budget mediocrity, signed Eric Hosmer to the biggest contract of the offseason last winter.For their next act, the Padres will likely trade for a brand-name starter.That's something they were angling to do around the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, when they were linked to Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Chris Archer. This made some sense. They have many prospects to deal and a contention timeline that must be accelerated.If the Padres do reboot their prowl for an ace this winter, however, they're going to need fresh targets. Pickings may be slim, but there is one intriguing name San Diego might pull out of a hat: Dylan Bundy.The right-hander is at a weird crossroads. He's one of the last remaining trade chips on the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles, but his value took a hit when he put up a 5.45 ERA in 2018. And yet, he'll only turn 26 on Nov. 15. He also might have been the unluckiest starter in MLB this season.The Padres may see Bundy as just the guy to take an eyebrow-raising chance on. If said chance pans out, they'll reap the rewards through 2021.J.T. Realmuto to the Colorado Rockies2 of 8G Fiume/Getty ImagesIt's often felt like J.T. Realmuto has had one foot in a Miami Marlins uniform and another foot in a Washington Nationals uniform.The Nationals have struggled to get production of any kind from behind the plate since Wilson Ramos left after 2016. Thus was it not surprising to hear constant rumors linking them to Realmuto, who was in the midst of an All-Star breakout, throughout 2018.But according to MLB.com'sJoe Frisaro, the Marlins insisted on an exorbitant asking price that included top outfield prospect Victor Robles. Such a deal is probably even more unlikely now than it was before. With Bryce Harper likely to walk as a free agent this winter, the Nationals must keep Robles firmly in their plans.This could be the opening the Colorado Rockies need to swoop in for Realmuto.They also have a weakness at catcher, not to mention an urgent need for offense in general. To wit, they hit worse than the San Francisco Giants when they went on the road in 2018.The Rockies should have just enough prospect depth (e.g., Brendan Rodgers, Colton Welker, Peter Lambert and Garrett Hampson) to entice the Marlins. They might also interest them in Jon Gray, whose million-dollar arm needs a change of scenery.Paul Goldschmidt to the Boston Red Sox3 of 8Bob Levey/Getty ImagesDespite going to the playoffs in 2017 and narrowly missing in 2018, indications are that the Arizona Diamondbacks are readying a pivot.They'll listen to offers on any of their players this winter, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, including superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.As Olney speculated, the New York Yankees might be the best fit for him.But now that they're finallyunder the luxury tax, why should the Yankees even bother with trades? They can simply spend money on the best free agents, such as Harper, Manny Machado and/or Patrick Corbin.Assuming they do that, it might be the Boston Red Sox who end up with Goldschmidt.Their first-base production was rescuedfrom oblivion by Steve Pearce, who's due for free agency. Rather than re-sign him, Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski may prefer to scratch his itch for a blockbuster. Goldschmidt would fit the bill, and the Red Sox have enough money set to come off their books to entertain extending his contract beyond 2019.One complication is that Boston has little left in its farm system. But as a former Red Sox executive, D-backs general manager Mike Hazen may be able to pick out a few pieces he likes.Zack Greinke to the Atlanta Braves4 of 8Rick Scuteri/Associated PressPer Bob Nightengale ofUSA Today http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-wil-myers-jersey , Zack Greinke is yet another superstar who could be traded from the Diamondbacks this winter.As FanGraphs' Jay Jaffe covered, the veteran righty is slowly but surely putting together a Hall of Fame resume. Greinke will turn 35 on Sunday, however, and he's only halfway through a massive $206.5 million contract that contains a 15-team no-trade list.In light of these things, it'll be difficult for the D-backs to get a Greinke deal off the drawing board. They need to find just the right trading partner: one with money, prospects and an environment Greinke finds attractive.How about the Atlanta Braves?Though they're not known as big spenders, their new stadium and fresh crop of cheap homegrown talent figure to change that equation. According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, the Braves might follow their surprising run to the top of the National League East by adding as much as $60 million to their 2019 payroll.If so, there's enough room to add Greinke's average $34.4 million salary. There may also be mutual interest in him being the final piece of a dynastic puzzle.Dallas Keuchel to the Cincinnati Reds5 of 8Phil Long/Associated PressRegarding the top free-agent starters, the smart money is on Clayton Kershaw returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Corbin jumping ship from the Diamondbacks to the Yankees.The fate of 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel is more up in the air. But if ever there was a dark horse to sign him, it's the Cincinnati Reds.The Reds have averaged 95 losses over the last four seasons, and 2019 will be yet another year in which their payroll will be bogged down by first baseman Joey Votto and right-hander Homer Bailey.Nevertheless, president of baseball operations Dick Williams teased an increase in payroll back in July."We now feel like the last couple of years, we've taken a lot of our resources and allocated them into the amateur draft, the international market," Williams told Bobby Nightengale of theCincinnati Enquirer."We hope that can shift back toward major league payroll."If there's a bright side, it's that the Reds may only be a stable starting rotation away from making noise in the NL Central.That's where Keuchel would come in. A move to the NL would be good for him at this stage of his career, and hisground-ball attack would allow him to conquer Great American Ball Park.A.J. Pollock to the Chicago White Sox6 of 8Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesThe Chicago White Sox might also be a surprise spender this winter.It might seem like a long shot. They're fresh off their first 100-loss season since 1970, and uber-prospect Michael Kopech is due to miss the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.However, the White Sox are a relatively well-off team with virtually nothing on theirlong-term books. And with the Cleveland Indians set to lose many key players to free agency this winter, a power vacuum may soon open up in the AL Central.If the White Sox take that as a cue to assert themselves, they must upgrade the American League's worst outfield. Before they get to Eloy Jimenez's promotion, signing A.J. Pollock would be a good place to start.The 30-year-old is past his All-Star peak of 2015, but he's still a well-rounded player who's put up an .801 OPS with 35 home runs and 33 stolen bases over the last two seasons. And if the money's good, he might jump at the chance to play near where he went to college at Notre Dame.Craig Kimbrel to the St. Louis Cardinals7 of 8Michael Dwyer/Associated PressCraig Kimbrel might become the first $100 million relief pitcher this winter. At the least, he figures to match the $80-odd million contracts of Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.In any case, he's going to be too expensive for most teams. The St. Louis Cardinals might appear to be among them. They have only three $80 million free-agent contracts in their history, and two of them (Mike Leake and Dexter Fowler) are recent flops.But this is no time for the Cardinals to play it safe.Though they were strong enough to win 88 games this season, that was only good enough to place third in the NL Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Since a rebuild is out of the question, the Cardinals' only real option is to push forward.Lucky for them, they may only be an upgraded bullpen away from challenging the Brewers and Cubs. Specifically, their bullpen needs a power arm or two for the sake of boosting its strikeout potential.Enter Kimbrel, whose 41.6 career strikeout percentage is the highestof any pitcher who's logged at least 500 innings. St. Louis may also be the closest he can get to his native Huntsville, Alabama.The Philadelphia Phillies Wont Sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper8 of 8Rob Carr/Getty ImagesAnd now for something thatwon't happen on the free-agent market: Neither Harper nor Machado will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies.For the team to sign not one but both of them is more plausible than it might sound. The Phillies put themselves on the doorstep of contention in 2018. To force the door open, all they have to do is apply their mass riches to their weak spots. Their offense is the biggest of those.Still, Phillies president Andy MacPhail seems to want everyone to chill out. He told Scott Lauber of thePhiladelphia Inquirer:"I guess if you were to invest all you had on one star-type player, then that would be sort of an acknowledgment that you think you may be one player away.There's always going to be that push for, 'Sign this guy Rickey Henderson Jersey , sign that guy.' Is that really going to solve the problems that I articulated earlier 鈥?the defense, playing within our division better, being more consistent, striking out less?"Rather than put it all in two superstars, the Phillies may spread their money around on numerous players who would satisfy their wide array of needs.Or, they could simply be outbid on Harper and Machado. With teams like the Yankees, Cubs, Nationals and possibly the Dodgers all coming off disappointing years, the Phillies might not be the most desperate suitor in either player's market.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesWe've arrived at the final week of the 2018 MLB regular season, and there's still a lot to be decided.On the American League side of things, the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros have all punched their ticket to October, and the next win by the Oakland Athletics or loss by the Tampa Bay Rays will seal the fifth spot for the A's.The National League picture is much cloudier.The Atlanta Braves have wrapped up the NL East title, but they are the only team that has clinched to this point. The Chicago Cubs (100 percent chance), Milwaukee Brewers (99 percent), Los Angeles Dodgers (94.2 percent) and St. Louis Cardinals (79.5 percent) are the heavy favorites to fill the remaining four spots, according to the latest odds from FanGraphs, but the Colorado Rockies (27.4 percent) are still alive as well.At any rate, our weekly power rankings remain a fluid process. Teams will rise and fall based on where they were ranked the previous week. If a team keeps winning, it will keep climbing鈥攊t's as simple as that.Here's where all 30 teams stand:Updated Rankings1 Boston Red Sox (105-51)2 Houston Astros (98-57)3 Oakland Athletics (94-62)4 Milwaukee Brewers (89-67)5 Chicago Cubs (91-64)6 New York Yankees (95-60)7 Los Angeles Dodgers (87-69)18 Tampa Bay Rays (87-68)19 Cleveland Indians (87-68)110 St. Louis Cardinals (87-69)111 Atlanta Braves (88-68)212 Colorado Rockies (85-70)13 Seattle Mariners (85-70)14 Pittsburgh Pirates (78-76)315 Washington Nationals (78-78)116 Arizona Diamondbacks (79-77)117 Philadelphia Phillies (78-77)118 New York Mets (73-83)119 Toronto Blue Jays (71-85)220 Los Angeles Angels (75-81)221 Minnesota Twins (72-83)122 San Francisco Giants (72-84)223 Texas Rangers (66-89)224 Detroit Tigers (63-93)25 Miami Marlins (62-93)326 Cincinnati Reds (66-91)327 San Diego Padres (62-94)128 Kansas City Royals (54-102)129 Chicago White Sox (61-94)30 Baltimore Orioles (45-110) Teams That ImpressedHyun-Jin RyuJayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesTheLos Angeles Dodgersentered last week trailing the Colorado Rockies by a half-game in the NL West standings. In seven days, they turned that into a 1.5-game lead, thanks in large part to a three-game sweep of the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.With that, the Dodgers are 9-2 in their last 11 games, and they now appear likely to earn asixth straight NL West title.Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his strong second half with a pair of scoreless starts, and he's gone 3-3 with a 1.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 46.2 innings since the All-Star break. That should be enough to earn him a spot in the playoff rotation.TheSt. Louis Cardinalsalso improved their playoff odds with a series win over the Atlanta Braves and a sweep of the San Francisco Giants.A 22-6 month of August catapulted them into the NL wild-card picture, and they'll look to cement their place in the postseason with series against the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs to close out the season.Overall, it was a strong week for contenders, as more and more teams out of the race turn their focus to assessing young talent and trying to spread around playing time.TheOakland Athletics(4-2), Brewers(4-2), Cubs (4-2),New York Yankees(4-2),Tampa Bay Rays(5-2) andCleveland Indians(4-2) were the other teams to come away with two series wins last week. Aside from the Rays, each appears to be headed for the postseason.Teams That DisappointedChris Coduto/Getty ImagesWhile the majority of contending teams were on cruise control last week, theColorado Rockiessaw their playoff chances take a major hit when they were swept by the Dodgers.They did rebound to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, but the damage was already done. With the NL West lagging behind the NL Central in win total http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-ozzie-smith-jersey , the Rockies had a far better chance of winning the division than they did chasing down a wild-card spot.Colorado had a 58.3 percent chance of making the playoffs heading into the series with Los Angeles, and that fell to 25.3 percentfollowing the sweep.TheSeattle Mariners(3-3),Arizona Diamondbacks(1-5) andPhiladelphiaPhillies(2-5) were all officially eliminated from the playoff picture last week after looking like contenders for much of the year.It's a particularly disappointing result for the Mariners, as they'll maintain the longest postseason drought in the sport, stretching back to 2001.TheBoston Red Sox(2-4) were the only contenders to lose both series last week, but they've already wrapped up the division title, and home-field advantage is in the bag. TheCincinnati Reds(2-5),San Diego Padres(2-4),Chicago White Sox(2-4) andBaltimore Orioles(2-4) also lost both of their series last week.MVPs of the WeekHitter:Christian Yelich, Milwaukee BrewersStats:12-for-22, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 2 SBThe case for Christian Yelich to win NL MVP honors this season is a compelling one.In his first season with the Brewers, the 26-year-old is hitting .322/.391/.577 with 33 doubles, 32 home runs, 96 RBI, 108 runs scored and 21 steals.He has a seven-point lead over Scooter Gennett in the race for the NL batting title.With Milwaukee all but locked into a postseason spot, he also has the added appeal of putting up those numbers for a contender.John Fisher of CBSSports.com wrote:"Yelich leads the NL in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, as well as OPS+, wOBA and wRC+, and he's in the top 11 in on-base percentage, times on base and home runs. The only players in the past 35 years to lead the National League in batting and slugging in the same season are Barry Bonds (twice),Derrek Lee, Todd Helton and Larry Walker."He padded his impressive stat line with another big week, which included hitting for his second cycle of the season.Aaron Hill is the last player to accomplish the feat twice in the same season, with his both coming in the same month while he was playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012. Pitcher:Blake Snell, Tampa Bay RaysStats:2 GS, 2-0, 11.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 16 KBlake Snell took another big step toward AL Cy Young honors last week."I think he's pretty much cemented his case that he belongs not just in the conversation, but right at the top of the list Cory Spangenberg Jersey ," Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters.After allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Snell threw another gem Sunday when he struck out 11 in 6.2 shutout innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.In the process, he picked up his franchise-record 21st win of the season, and he's now won nine straight starts.All told, the 25-year-old is 21-5 with an AL-leading 1.90 ERA and 211 strikeouts in 175.2 innings. His .178 opponents' batting average is the best in baseball among qualified starters.Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber have both had excellent seasons once again, and Oakland closer Blake Treinen has been tremendously important to that team's success. Snell would have to be the pick if the season ended today, though.Video Highlights of the WeekLongest Home Run: Randal Grichuk, Toronto Blue Jays (464 feet)Randal Grichuk is quietly having a nice second half for the Blue Jays.He's hitting .275/.319/.550 with 19 doubles and 13 home runs since the All-Star break, and that includes this mammoth shot off left-hander Jalen Beeks.Grichuk also hit a 471-footer earlier this season off Houston reliever Will Harris.The 27-year-old still has his shortcomings鈥攏amely a .296 on-base percentage that stems from a 5.7 percent walk rate鈥攂ut he's been a nice buy-low pickup for a Blue Jays team that can afford to give him playing time in hopes his approach improves.For now, he's at least a threat to hit a mistake a long way. Best Defensive Play:Jake Marisnick, Houston AstrosJake Marisnick has always been an excellent defensive outfielder, and this season is no exception."He makes it look easy," teammate Charlie Morton told reporters earlier this season, "but what he does is extraordinary out there."He's racked up 11 DRS with a 10.2 UZR/150 in just 549.2 innings of work in center field, and that outstanding glove work has earned him a part-time role, despite middling offensive numbers.The 27-year-old enjoyed a breakout season at the plate last year, posting a 120 OPS+ with 16 home runs in 259 plate appearances, but he's hit just .202/.259/.369 in 222 trips to the plate this year.Still, as long as he keeps making catches like the pair of grabs he made here to help preserve a one-run lead in the eighth inning, he'll see his name on the lineup card on a semi-regular basis. Must-See Upcoming MatchupMilwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Monday-Wednesday)Jack FlahertyDaniel Shirey/Getty ImagesWhen the Brewers and Cardinals square off for a three-game series at Busch Stadium this week, there's a good chance we'll be getting an early preview of the NL Wild Card Game.According to the latest playoff odds from FanGraphs, Milwaukee (91.7 percent chance) and St. Louis (79.3 percent chance) are the overwhelming favorites to claim the two wild-card spots.The Brewers enter the week 2.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings, while the Cardinals are 4.5 games back. Meanwhile, St. Louis has a 1.5-game cushion over the Rockies in the wild-card standings.There's still plenty of time for things to change, but right now, this is the likely matchup.The two teams have split the season series thus far at 8-8, with the Cardinals holding a plus-13 advantage in run differential.Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber and John Gant are the scheduled starters for St. Louis, and Flaherty could be the one who gets the ball for the winner-take-all game. The 22-year-old has been excellent in three starts against the Brewers this season, going 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 18 innings.Milwaukee will counter with the veteran trio of Chase Anderson, Gio Gonzalez and Jhoulys Chacin.Chacin has been the team's most reliable option this season with a 3.61 ERA in 182 innings of work, but left-hander Wade Miley has a 2.31 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break, so any prediction of who the Brewers might turn to for a Wild Card Game start would be a total guess.Regardless, these three games are tremendously important for both the NL Central race and the wild-card race, and the NL playoff picture could be much clearer once this series wraps.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.