Ruben sounds like the guy in your fantasy league who everybody only deals with when they have to.
“If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels’] value we would strongly consider it,” was all Amaro would say.
The Red Sox should not trade Swihart for Hamels.
Can the Padres trade away every good prospect this off-season?
The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets.
The roadblock was the Rays’ request for two top Mets prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep for Desmond, who is entering his free-agent year.
The Rays’ wish list included right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. The ...
Will the Byrd fly the coop?
The Phillies are in clear rebuild mode, having dealt Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo this offseason, and they appear to have had a third trade in the works before it fell through. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Phillies and Reds were close to a trade that would’ve sent Marlon Byrd to Cincinnati before talks broke down (Twitter link). The other players in the trade are unclear at this point, though Morosi notes that the Reds and Phils could still ...
Smith and Venable aren’t great but they are useful players.
UPDATE: John Heyman reports, “Holdup on Kemp deal was for SD to work out insurance. All good now.”
This could be a huge problem.
The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke to USA TODAY only on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss the ...
This would have been a huge deal.
The Nats indeed are open to moving Zimmermann and Desmond, perhaps even in the same deal. They recently engaged in multiple conversations about both players with the Mariners, according to major-league sources. One of the many ideas the Nats proposed was Zimmermann and Desmond for right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Brad Miller, sources said.
Two years ago Jurickson Profar was the next big thing. Now the Rangers won’t have a clue about his worth until he proves he’s healthy.
Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets’ shortstop list.
The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn’t known whether Rollins might change his mind, but that is apparently his current stance.
I’ll keep this thread pinned at the top of the page during the Winter Meetings to help us keep track of rumors.
The owner nixed the deal because Montero is one of his favorite players. You have to love it when owners hire baseball people to run their teams and don’t let them do it.
Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?
The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.
Under the proposed trade, the Dodgers would have sent Ethier and catcher Tim Federowicz to ...
The A’s are in discussions that could net them a minor-league infielder from the Indians in exchange for outfielder Brandon Moss. Among the A’s targets, according to big league sources, is Double-A second baseman Joe Wendle, a strong prospect whose 2014 season was shortened by a broken hamate bone.
These rumors are all wet.
1. Justin Upton to the Orioles
While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.
In Upton, the O’s can reel in ...
The Reds had a club-record $114 million payroll last season, but missed the playoffs. They already have $75.5 million committed in ’15, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. If they retain all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the total projects to about $120 million, with no other moves.
Joel Sherman is very entertaining. He has a lot of ideas.
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