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.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings on Dec 11, 2013
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Trades And Signings on Dec 10, 2013
A rather dramatic three-team deal just threw the Winter Meetings into gear, with the Angels shipping out slugger Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with two players to be named later, Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago of the White Sox headed to Anaheim and Adam Eaton on his way to Chicago.
It’s a big deal, as the Angels had so little room to maneuver they needed to make any deal involving Mark Trumbo. The Orange County native, an useful power hitter about to get more expensive as he hits arbitration for the first time, represents tantalizing power from the right side of the plate. It was too much for Arizona to resist, as they give up a stalled pitching prospect and their exciting center fielder to get the ever elusive right-handed power bat.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Analysis, Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Kemp on Dec 10, 2013
One name consistently flying around in trade rumors is that of Matt Kemp. So frequent is his name popping up in trade coverage that his agent, former big leaguer Dave Stewart, says he “expects” the Dodgers outfielder to be moved.
The Dodgers current roster features too many outfielders and not enough places to play them. Not only are there too many fielders, there are too many dollars tied up in that overcrowded outfield. After taking on the expensive contract of Carl Crawford and the explosive debut of Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers “old guard” suddenly counted two bodies for one spot.
This isn’t ordinarily a bad thing – too much depth in one spot is a great way to address shortcomings in other places on the diamond. But the Dodgers free-spending ways complicate this matter, as both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier both signed pricey extensions before reaching free agency.
Of the two, Matt Kemp remains the more desirable option. Or does he?
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings, Winter Meetings on Dec 10, 2013
It was a tough act to follow, really. The insanity of the last few weeks couldn’t possibly carry over to the Winter Meetings, could it? As it turns out: no. There just weren’t enough players out there to sustain such levels of activity and movement. The assembled writers devolved into a writhing mass of karaoke-singing grabass, thanks to twitter the world was a worse place for it.
The moves will come but day one of the Winter Meetings resulted in a whole lot of smoke but very little fire.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Roy Halladay on Dec 09, 2013
I can’t even.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Monday Morning Memo on Dec 09, 2013
Winter Meetings Followers Guide
For some people, the Winter Meetings represents the highlight of the long winter months. So much baseball talk and possibility, selling hope by the pound to the 29 teams not currently in a World Series afterglow.
While the myriad transactions already in the books might take some of the intrigue out of this year’s extravaganza in Orlando, there is still enough media with enough horse in the December viewing race to drum up story lines where they might otherwise not exist.
There is still quite a bit of business requiring attention, from Shin-Soo Choo‘s eventual home to Ubaldo Jiminez plus all the wacky trade scenarios most clear-thinking fans wouldn’t consider in their wackiest fever dreams. There will be much to discuss, believe that. Whether it merits discussion or otherwise. The tail can wag the dog a little bit at this time of year.