While everyone is focused on the Winter Meetings in Florida, the MLB.com Gift Guru has been kicking around some Fiki Baseball at the office and thinking about player deals -- and some holiday shopping deals you can find yourself.
The MLB.com Shop is offering everything at 20 percent off for the occasion plus free ground shipping for orders over $50. So in the spirit of the Winter Meetings let's take a look at some players who already have moved to new clubs this offseason -- and how to cash in on their moves:
Tim Hudson joins Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong in the Giants' rotation heading into next spring. No point in hauling that old Hudson No. 15 A's jersey across the Bay to watch him pitch. Manager Bruce Bochy is 15 on the Giants, so Hudson will debut at No. 17 and you can knock nearly $50 off the regular price and customize his Giants Home Cool Base Jersey during this sale.
Sure, you could get her the Holiday PJ Set or some Alex Woo jewelry . But now that Doug Fister has been added to the Nationals' rotation, don't overlook a new Nationals No. 58 Women's Customized Replica Jersey for only $71.99.
The 2013 season was a big one in both leagues for young Cuban talent, with Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes winning the Home Run Derby at Citi Field and Yasiel Puig bursting onto the scene and helping the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series. Now all eyes will be on first baseman Jose Abreu, who signed with the White Sox on Oct. 29. You can get his No. 79 Authentic Font Personalized T-shirt for just $28 after applying the sale price.
Ken Griffey Jr. always will be No. 24 in Seattle, so it is presumed that the one thing Robinson Cano won't get is his old number from the Yankees. It will be a formality to M's fans, who are going to be wearing Cano on their backs in droves next April, so for now you might just order the same Mariners cap that their next second baseman will sport at Safeco. It's only $27.99 thanks to this sale.
Meanwhile, there is the decision about what to do now that No. 24 pinstriped jerseys are instantly out of vogue in the Big Apple. You can get a deal on Brian McCann in pinstripes , but we're still waiting on Jacoby Ellsbury's number, as he wore 46 (2007-09) and 2 (2010-13) in Boston; both numbers were Core Four property in the Bronx. May we suggest something from the Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry T-shirt collection for April 10-13 at Yankee Stadium?
A.J. Pierzynski is Boston-bound, but the veteran catcher won't be able to keep his familiar No. 12 due to Mike Napoli re-signing a two-year contract with the World Series champs . Your best bet now -- especially if you are replacing Ellsbury garb for someone -- is to finally order that Napoli jersey you had waited on because you weren't sure he'd be back, and you get it at a savings instead of pennant-race full price. Meanwhile, Pierzynski's autographed baseball is $119.99 at the Shop, so you can take $24 off that.
You'll need any new Rangers jersey if you want to stay current in Texas, because the logo has just been updated to remove the black drop shadow and give more of a retro look. But you might as well go straight for the new No. 84 Rangers Authentic Home Cool Base Jersey to make it a Prince Fielder kind of summer. Add an Autographed Game-Used 2012 Home Run Derby Baseball from the event Fielder won at Kansas City, or maybe a Mounted Memories Autographed Tucci Game Model Bat .
Hank Greenberg's No. 5 was retired by Detroit, so Ian Kinsler had to choose a new number after the trade for Fielder. Now the coast is clear to order that No. 3 Tigers Authentic Road Jersey , and you can knock 60 bucks off the retail price.
"We've got hopes that with a change of scenery we're going to get him going in the right direction," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said of Phil Hughes, who signed a three-year contract after a 4-14 season with the Yankees. If you like that scenery as much as we suspect Hughes will, order an MLB.com exclusive Target Field Bronze Coin Photo Mint . It's the site of the 2014 All-Star Game , and who knows, maybe the 2010 All-Star will wind up there.
Veteran free agents who sign with St. Louis historically fare well in the ultra fan-friendly ballpark, and you can point to Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman as recent examples. Now here comes Jhonny Peralta as the 2014 shortstop, and you can get the same road jersey and batting-practice cap he will be wearing.
Here's an idea for the do-it-yourself type on your shopping list. Get him or her (or, ahem, you) a Caseworks Shadow Box Display for $45 off the usual $225 price. Then get a photo with a newcomer like Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler, as well as his signature on a ball at Spring Training, and both go in the shadow box for a beautiful display.
New jerseys also are -- or soon will be -- available for Josh Johnson of the Padres; Jason Vargas and Norichika Aoki of the Royals; Heath Bell and Ryan Hanigan of the Rays; Peter Bourjos of the Cardinals; David Freese of the Angels; Luke Gregerson, Jim Johnson, Scott Kazmir and Nick Punto of the A's; Dan Haren of the Dodgers; Jordan Lyles of the Rockies; David Murphy of the Indians; Joe Nathan of the Tigers; Wil Nieves of the Phillies; Ricky Nolasco of the Twins; Skip Schumaker of the Reds; Jemile Weeks of the Orioles; and Chris Young and Curtis Granderson of the Mets. And now that the Winter Meetings have arrived, more new choices are on the way.
The MLB.com Shop Virtual Catalog is a great starting point for more options. And when in doubt or after the last shipping deadline has passed, remember that MLB.com online gift certificates in any denomination via e-mail are safe bets for any fan.