Gm Meetings Newsbeat
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
In conjunction with an annual fall tradition, ESPN.com polled 34 general managers, assistant GMs, scouting directors and other baseball evaluators on seven questions that will help dictate the course of the Hot Stove season.
3. Which free-agent power hitter would you rather invest in for the long haul—Chris Davis or Yoenis Cespedes?
Responses: Cespedes 17. Davis 15. Two respondents said they would pass on both.
Posted: November 10, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
Ben Nicholson-Smith assesses the market.
Even building an elite team offers few guarantees. Just as lesser teams can advance, top teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t even assured of a Division Series appearance in some years.
“It drives teams to the middle,” an AL executive said. ” The main thing is teams are less likely to rebuild because 86 can get you in, and then anything can happen.”
The first steps to sneaking in typically take place during the winter. As baseball’s middle class grows and summer trades become harder to pull off, the off-season becomes that much more vital for would-be contenders.
Posted: November 10, 2015 at 01:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
Having already pulled off the off-season’s first major trade, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is now in a setting that he believes facilitates deal-making.
The general managers are holding their annual meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla.
“To me, the market is always moving,” Dipoto said. “The general managers’ meetings, years ago, used to be where everything got set up for the Winter Meetings.
“Now, quite frankly, the general managers’ meetings are where we generally culminate, or bring to fruition, a lot of the conversations that we’ve been having since the season ended.”
The Mariners completed a six-player deal last Thursday with Tampa Bay that netted right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser and minor-league outfielder Boog Powell.
In return, the Mariners sent shortstop Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and righty reliever Danny Farquhar to the Rays.
One day later, the Mariners acquired outfielder Daniel Robertson, a defensive specialist, in a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.
“When you get the opportunity to make trades that fit,” Dipoto said, “you make them.”
More opportunities figure to be available this week in Boca Raton.
Will this off-season top last year’s off-season?
Still, it sure seems like things are trending toward something happening in the coming days.
“I do,” said Dombrowski when asked if he believed there was more activity than normal at this young stage of the offseason. “People have asked me why, and I’m not really sure of that answer, but I do find that.
“We had some of our guys, I asked them to fly in this afternoon to sort of sit down. A couple of our guys said, ‘Wow, we just got here and we’re behind,’ because we had so many discussions already. I’m not really sure why that is. People have speculated different thought process. New general managers being aggressive. I think part of it is the playoff teams were pretty much identified early, except for a couple, so that allowed some of the other clubs to start planning. I think some agents are probably aggressive because they see there’s a big number of pitchers out there. Some people speculated yesterday that perhaps it was a situation there’s a lot of general manager who aren’t tied to the players in their organization as much. I don’t know if it’s some or all of that, or really what. But I’ve had many more conversations, and more serious conversations, earlier than would be the case.”
Any player should be available in the right deal.
When Dombrowski was asked if he had untouchables, he said, “I have always tried to phrase it that I don’t try to have untouchables. I’ve also said if you have Miguel Cabrera and he’s the best hitter in the game and somebody offers you two Miguel Cabreras, you have to be open-minded about it.
“Does it usually happen? No. There are some players we have that are less apt to be dealt than others.”
Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
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