The Winter Meetings are over so it is time to sift through their entrails in search of protein and other salvageable materials. Andrew Stoeten and I break it all down, from the Rockies weirdness to the Diamondbacks weirdness to Roy Halladay and assorted other weirdnesses.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Podcast on Dec 13, 2013
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Colorado Rockies, Trades And Signings on Dec 13, 2013
That Boone Logan just signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Colorado Rockies is proof of two things. Number one: we continually need to adjust our expectations for what makes a bad contract. Number two: this is a bad contract.
Posted by Jack Moore under Primary Sources on Dec 12, 2013
“I believe in rough games and in rough, manly sports. I do not feel any particular sympathy for the person who gets battered about a good deal so long as it is not fatal.”
Teddy Roosevelt, in 1903, defending football as injuries threatened football’s status in American universities.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Analysis, Shin-Soo Choo on Dec 12, 2013
Shin-Soo Choo is a very good baseball player and a few short days away from becoming very rich. Likely the top remaining free agent option, Choo and his representatives are gunning for a nine-digit pay day, banking on a cash rich market that will pay for a man of his considerably baseball skills.
His skillset is unique in baseball right now. Not a power hitter, Choo managed 21 home runs as a member of the Reds, one off his career high. Brought in as a leadoff hitter, Choo did the job admirably, raising his walk rate and posting the highest on-base percentage of his career.
His .423 OBP was one of the higher marks over the last six years in the league. After an injury limited Choo in 2011, he stormed back in 2012 and 2013, putting his talents on display before diving into free agency.
But those talents – how might they age? At a rate consistent with the enormous (though likely reduced) paycheck he is sure to command?
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants on Dec 12, 2013
Earlier today I described Michael Morse as a nice idea for the Houston Astros but ultimately not worth the effort. If healthy, he makes their team better but he isn’t likely to fetch much in the way of a trade deadline prospect.
The San Francisco Giants are not the Houston Astros. They won the World Series in 2012 and just have a lot of money tied up in their veteran rotation. They just gave Hunter Pence an enormous contract extension and Buster Posey remains in the prime of his life. Pablo Sandoval faces free agency at the end of the 2014 season. Unlike the Astros, the future is now for the Giants.
Adding Michael Morse on a cheap, one-year deal is most certainly a now move. They are not trying to ride a few hot months into a shot-in-the-dark B-level prospect. The Giant signed Mike Morse to hit home runs and make their team better. Today. Right now.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings, Winter Meetings on Dec 12, 2013
SOURCE — "This is a Pizza Hut. Stop calling & asking about baseball."
— Mr. E. Team (@dying_robot) December 12, 2013
Well wasn’t that an enormous waste of time? The worst Winter Meetings on record, notable only for the Battle of the Oily-Skinned Sycophants and a three-team trade in which the best player posted a .294 OBP last year.
Today is the Rule 5 draft, a baseball event of such importance that its greatest contribution to the world is people on the internet fighting over the use of roman numerals.
Which isn’t to say no deals were done yesterday and there wasn’t a whole bunch of groundwork laid down. Because there was, as you can see below!
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings on Dec 11, 2013
When the Seattle Mariners signed free agent Robinson Cano, it was a sign of much more to come. After talk of impact players like David Price and Matt Kemp, Seattle’s next salvo was on high value role players, as the M’s signed free agent Corey Hart and traded for Marlins first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison.