Day three of the Winter Meetings are well underway in Nashville, and after two quiet days, the same trend is continuing today, unless you count Jeff Keppinger to the Chicago White Sox as big news.
Really, to the surprise of almost no one, the Baltimore Orioles have decided to bring back their spark plug, Nate McLouth, on a one year deal for a reported $2 million (I’m kidding here folks about the spark plug comment). Last season, McLouth posted a .268/.342/.435 line for the Orioles after being released earlier in the season by the Pirates. With the former 25th round pick by Pittsburgh in 2000 now ready to patrol left field in 2013, it’s fair to assume the end of the Josh Hamilton to Baltimore rumours.
Free agent Scott Rolen is still undecided about his playing future, according to his agent, Seth Levinson. A return to the Reds would be likely if he decides to come back, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear the Yankees get involved if he plays.
The four or five team trade rumour involving the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks (and now maybe the Kansas City Royals) involving players, Justin Upton, James Shields and Asdrubal Cabrera that was thought to be ‘off” may be back “on” again with the Rangers working hard for Upton. If this version of the Winter Meetings have any chance of going down as one of the more entertaining ones, this is the type of deal that needs to go down….Today!
Breaking now…the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed third baseman Eric Chavez to a one year deal worth $3 million. Last season, Chavez appeared in 113 games for the Yankees, posting a .281/.348/.496 line with 16 home runs. Meanwhile, it appears the Seattle Mariners have won the Jason Bay sweepstakes. Bay and the Mets parted ways a few weeks back, and has since been linked to the Mariners and Indians. Drew covered the Bay days with the Mets here.