Day one of this year’s Winter Meetings is just about in the books, so we’re rolling out a rundown of today’s action. Don’t forget to follow @GettingBlanked on Twitter and check out our Facebook page for additional attempts at analysis and humour.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed James Loney to a one-year, $2 million deal because they just love themselves a reclamation project.
Darren Kritzer took a look at a few less talked about deals involving Geovany Soto, Jason Marquis, Eli Whiteside, and Zach Duke. No, I swear it’s not 2008.
Over at DJF Stoeten addresses the unceasing R.A. Dickey trade rumours and how the Blue Jays may or may not factor into everything. In a companion piece of sorts, Stoeten throws some cold water on Blue Jays fans’ expectations in the Dickey race on account of a hefty asking price from the Mets.
The San Francisco Giants re-signed Angel Pagan to a four-year deal worth $40 million. Seems like a relative bargain on the surface, but keep in mind that’s at least $10 million committed to a 35-year old outfielder in 2016.
The Texas Rangers have a deal in place for Joakim Soria, pending a physical of course. Nice pick up for the Rangers, assuming Soria’s rehab goes well. The big winner here is Brian Wilson, who should seek to be paid for his 2010 performance just like Soria.
Elsewhere, Anthony Castrovince provides an update on the status of Grady Sizemore who, to the surprise of no one, will likely miss half of the 2013 season following microfracture surgery.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweets that the Marlins are in trade talks with at least two teams concerning Yunel Escobar. Ken Rosenthal, as one would expect, provided a little more clarity on the situation citing the Rays and possibly Athletics as clubs interested. In other Marlins news, Jerry Crasnick reports that Matt Sosnick, Ricky Nolasco’s agent, confirms that his client has asked to be traded.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are essentially human traffickers.
Don’t forget that you can follow all of the latest MLB transactions, rumours, and insider tweets in one convenient place with theScore’s MLB off-season tracker.
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