Winter Meetings Newsbeat
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Some interesting stuff here on the Zobrist signing, when the Mets traded Dickey, and the twitterization of rumors.
Moments later, asked if the Mets would pursue a reunion with the star free agent Yoenis Cespedes, who became a fan favorite while slugging the team into the playoffs, Ricco says, “Right now, I would put it as unlikely that we would bring him back, but it’s still a possibility.”
A bell rings in my brain. I hear a headline. “Ricco: Mets ‘unlikely’ to sign Cespedes.” This is not a surprise, as the free-swinging 30-year-old is expected to seek a six-year contract, which would last well into his decline phase. What’s notable is that Ricco feels emboldened to say it publicly, more assuredly than he’s been in the past. The job this week is to lead, and dammit, he is going to push himself.
Pushing, stressing, working until you’re fried: That’s the Winter Meetings, for Ricco and pretty much everyone else. A palpable sense of energy courses through the air: a wired combo of working, schmoozing, stressing, drinking, then sleeping for four or five hours and waking up for more waiting, bragging, doubting and striving. That’s a big one here: striving. Everyone, no matter what they have achieved, is always striving, striving, striving. Players, reporters, front office workers, agents — all striving for something more: a richer contract, a bigger scoop, a better job, a stronger scotch, whatever. The Mets need that World Series feeling again, but everyone here needs something.
Friday, December 11, 2015
This video popped up on my Facebook feed so gave it a look. (Doesn’t ESPN know embedding videos drives more traffic?) I don’t watch ESPN very much anymore. This video is a perfect illustration why.
Do you know what winning the [Winter Meetings/off-season/whatever] means? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the feeling-out process in trade talk can be lengthy. He used a surfing analogy.
‘‘You’re sitting on a board, waiting for the right wave to come,’’ he said. ‘‘And if it doesn’t come, you paddle back to shore and walk on the beach, plant the board and then show up the next day and swim on out and see if any more good waves come. And if they do come, you ride it. And if they don’t come, you wait for that right wave.’‘
Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Who doesn’t like bobbleheads?
Baseball’s annual December event, the Winter Meetings, doesn’t just include a bunch of media people converging to breathlessly report on transactions and rumors. There are also many events for job seekers, minor-league meetings and the annual Trade Show.
What I liken the Trade Show to—at least for fans—is a baseball version of a Sharper Image catalogue. Most of the time it’s great fun to just look and imagine how cool it would be to buy something, but you’re just looking. There are exceptions, of course, and we’ll get to those. Let’s run through.
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
The Mets are finalizing a deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a baseball source. The deal is expected to be for two years and include an option for a third season. Financial terms are not yet known.
The Astros will send pitcher Vincent Velasquez, left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer and one Minor Leaguer to the Phillies in exchange for Giles, who will be a key piece to the back end of their bullpen.
Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.
And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.
In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.
Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will help the Braves better compete in 2016.
Think about it: The Braves traded one season of Jason Heyward for four of Miller, plus pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. They have turned that into Swanson, Blair, Inciarte and Jenkins — an undeniably strong haul for an outfielder who was entering his free-agent year.
The early reviews are in. The early reviews mean nothing. But once again, baseball people are looking at the D-backs and saying, “Huh?”
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Not seeing an ideal fit on the free-agent market, the Cardinals addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. A member of the Cardinals’ organization for almost a decade, Jay did not have an obvious fit on the 2016 club following an injury-plagued season.
As part of the deal, the Cardinals are also receiving about $7.5 million from the Padres, according to a source, to help offset the $32 million Gyorko is owed over the next four seasons. He signed a six-year extension with the Padres in April 2014, just a year after his Major League debut.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees are all known to have spoken about Fernandez with the Marlins, who have said publicly that their ace is unavailable even while they continue to entertain trade talks about the 23-year-old right-hander.
Monday, December 07, 2015
One GM Sunday morning suggested that so much is swirling in terms of new physical, mental, scouting and develop concepts that it is sometimes hard to know what other GMs are thinking when they propose trades. One team may love pitchers with great velocity and Brooks Baseball numbers. Another may be thinking longevity and want a pitcher with a delivery like Greinke’s that has ease, not violence, in the arc to 90-something MPH. Some teams like power, some contact. Some look at the world champion Royals and think defense, where others believe defense is the first skill that age corrodes (hence the Andrelton Simmons deal).
In many ways, the baseball meetings would be more productive if they weren’t held in a mega hotel where walking the lobby is like the running of the bulls, avoiding thousands staring at plastic trees. In a business rife with change, a Commissioner’s Office begging for creative thought and clubs trying to deal with sports in the 21st Century, a productive retreat seems like a novel compliment to studies on rest, deliveries, reliability and predictability.
Posted: December 07, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
I will update as more info becomes available.
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Looking for a job at the Winter Meetings is equal parts exhilarating and maddening, as hundreds of seekers vie to land a geographically and economically appropriate position. Some are content with securing an internship — anything to get that proverbial foot in the door — while others have already gone this route and are now intent on full-time employment. Some are just out of (or still in) college, while others are taking a leap of faith by trying to break into baseball after having started out within a different line of work.
Every story is unique and worth sharing. In 2015, as during the previous three Winter Meetings, I will run a series of Job Seeker Journal guest posts on this blog (these will also be compiled and featured daily on MiLB.com). Therefore:
Are YOU attending the Winter Meetings as a Job Seeker?
Do you want to write about it?
If so, please get in touch — firstname.lastname@example.org — with a photo of yourself and the following information:
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 02:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
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