Winter Meetings Newsbeat
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Maybe if he was 14, he’d have more success.
Because what’s the point of the Winter Meetings without getting your very own scoop? It’s like spending the week at Disneyland without going on a single ride. I sidled up to an agent in a bar on Sunday night—scouts say I’m a 60 sidler, 70 potential—and told him my dream. If a minor deal fell into his lap, he agreed to consider the possibility of maybe texting me, no promises. Walking back through the lobby, there were reporters zipping around, furiously pounding out texts and tweets.
I wanted to be one of those rumor jockeys. I wanted the rush of adrenaline that comes with knowing that Baseball Twitter is wildly scurrying around like confused ants—tweet-antennae rubbing against other tweet-antennae before they all scurry off to repeat the process indefinitely.
All I wanted was one rumor.
Here’s what I got instead: A room of 288 chairs and weapons-grade overhead lighting.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
As I sued to tell my kids, there is a difference between wants and needs.
1. The Red Sox need another top-of-the-rotation starter
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Halos traded relief pitcher Jairo Diaz to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Josh Rutledge and announced the trade about a half-hour after the Kendrick for Andrew Heaney deal with the Dodgers went public.
The Padres have reached an agreement with the Dodgers that would send outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects, sources told the U-T.
The Padres would also receive roughly $30 million to help offset the cost of the remaining five years and $107 million on Kemp’s eight-year, $160 million contract.
According to sources, the Padres are packaging Grandal with right-hander Joe Wieland and another arm, likely right-hander Zach Eflin.
The deal, which is pending physicals, is likely to be finalized Thursday before the conclusion of the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Because of the money involved in the trade, it a
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Good deal for the Red Sox. Webster and De La Rosa have talent but really need to improve their command.
RedSox have agreement in principle for Diamondbacks Wade Miley, sources tell me and Jon Morosi. AZ will get Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and a minor leaguer.
One day after the general manager said the Dodgers were not “dangling” All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, the club traded him and pitcher Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, reliever Chris Hatcher, catcher/infielder Austin Barnes and utilityman Enrique Hernandez, sources told MLB.com.
Good stuff from Craig Calcaterra.
So that’s what it all means for Boston, Chicago and Lester. Now, here’s what it means for you and me and everyone who yaks about baseball: we need to relax. One signing does not a pennant win or lose. You’ll see, in the coming days, an awful lot of talk about how “the balance of power” has shifted in the NL Central and the AL East and stuff like that. Don’t believe most of it. It’s in the same vein as the talk that had the 2012 Phillies winning it all and various Marlins and Blue Jays teams winning the offseason in the past couple of years. Which is to say that it’s mostly hot air.
Jon Lester makes the Cubs better. His absence will make the Red Sox worse. But he is, in the beginning and the end, only one man, and able front offices in Boston and Chicago will have a lot more to say about how their teams do than Jon Lester will. Let’s have fun with it all now, but let’s let the baseball season get underway before we declare there to be definitive winners and losers.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he prefers.
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team even at that level, one source said.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Wait, I thought the Royals bullpen setup last year was the new smart way to build playoff teams?
Kansas City is looking for starting pitching in return after James Shields hit the open market.
Would you part with one of R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez for a closer such as Holland?
Hammel is said to be looking for a three-year deal.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
I’ll keep this thread pinned at the top of the page during the Winter Meetings to help us keep track of rumors.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
STOP SPREADING RUMORS!!
MLB.com: Castro and center fielder Dexter Fowler have been the subject of trade rumors. What’s the market like for them?
Luhnow: I think it’s primarily Internet rumors, to be honest with you. Clearly, they’re both good players that have one year [Fowler] or two years [Castro] left of control, and those players are always going to be talked about in trade rumors. I’m sure there’s a lot of teams out there that have interest in them, and some have reached out, but we’re not actively looking to deal either of those guys, because they both provide value to us in 2015, and we want to make sure any moves we make are keeping an eye on improving this team in 2015.
Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
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