2012 Winter Meetings – Day 1 Recap

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, December 04, 2012 09:22 AM | Comments: 6
Rumors, Transactions

The market for Hamilton is getting clearer. Photo: AP

Market For Hamilton Becoming Clearer

We learned yesterday that the Red Sox, Brewers, and Phillies are all on the sidelines, biding their time for Josh Hamilton while the Mariners have met with Hamilton the most recent. Jayson Stark Tweeted that the Phillies interest in Hamilton is “wary“. Jim Bowden of ESPN doesn’t think the Yankees should be counted out while Ken Rosenthal has heard that the Rangers have been the most aggressive suitor for Hamilton.

Pagan Gone

The Giants and center fielder Angel Pagan came to a four-year, $40 million contract agreement yesterday. We talked a bit about that here. Later in the day, Jim Salisbury of CSN reported that the Phillies don’t believe Michael Bourn‘s profile as a player is the best fit, that Cody Ross could be a good corner fit, and that they are “lukewarm” on a Shane Victorino reunion. We learned yesterday that Victorino has multiple three-year contract offers and at least one four-year offer on the table. Salisbury also reported that Ruben Amaro thinks the preferred method of acquiring a center fielder is via free agency rather than engaging in a trade.

Third Base

Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies were linked to Michael Young. Young is due $16 million for 2013 and was statistically the least valuable first baseman in baseball last year. This is not good news.

Granderson Now Available Via Trade

Buster Olney Tweeted yesterday that Curtis Granderson is available via trade. Granderson had a sharp increase in power but a sharp decrease in plate discipline (Ks up, BBs down) in 2012. The 31-year old center fielder is in the final year of his deal and is due approximately $15 million in 2013. Keep your eye on this one as a match for the Phillies.

The Mariners are Ready to… Do Something

One of the emerging stories of this offseason is the Mariners’ penchant to do something, or anything really. Yesterday alone, they were linked to signing Hamilton, trading for Justin Upton, and trading for Billy Butler. I think the Mariners could reasonable trade for just about any player they want; their warchest includes top prospects catcher Mike Zunino, pitchers Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, and James Paxton, and infielder Nick Franklin. The Mariners also talked extension with Felix Hernandez, who has two years left on his deal, have been linked to trading for Brennan Boesch, trading for Mike Morse, and have been linked to signing Jason Bay.

NL East Divisional Moves/Rumors

The Nats engaged the Rays in talks about James Shields. Danny Espinosa and Mike Morse are two names according to Jon Heyman that may head to Tampa in a potential deal.

The Mets met with eight different teams on Monday to discuss trading R.A. Dickey with the asking price supposedly out-of-this world. The Mets reportedly asked the Red Sox for top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. Yikes.

Yunel Escobar and Ricky Nolasco could be the next Fish headed out of Miami. The Rays, A’s, Cubs, and Yankees reportedly are interested in Escobar while Nolasco has simply voiced his displeasure at this point.

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  • Posts: 0 The Red McNertney

    Bring back Ben Francisco. He can do it all. Let’s go after all the old, washed-up players we can get. Experience — you can’t teach it.

  • Posts: 3085 Chuck A.

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    Jesus. Red Sox have offered Vic 3/37.5 …. 12.5 M AAV for Shane Victorino??? I wanted him back but at more of a “team-friendly” sort of deal…. maybe something like 3/24-27.

  • Posts: 454 Ian Riccaboni

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    Would love to be in Nashville right now Ken, but instead I am resigned to writing paragraph after paragraph after reading Tweet after Tweet before and after, and sometimes during lunch, my day job.

    Hamilton is the biggest mystery with some of the biggest question marks of any free agent in quite some time and I think that has a lot to do with a lot of the confusion. I don’t think the persons that are reporting the confusion, and the ones I cite, are doing anything they aren’t supposed to or getting anything wrong and you haven’t implied that either. Hamilton, however, is that intriguing, and confusing of a FA, that I truly believe teams change their minds on a daily basis.

  • Posts: 0 hk

    It looks like the Phils will be Bourn’s only remaining suitor although Boras will surely have Jon Heyman leak that a mystery team is interested. Once Hamilton signs, the Phils should make one take-it-or-leave-it offer to Boras for Bourn. If he turns it down, they should let him sign elsewhere and turn their sights to another OF.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    You told the wrong person you’d love to be in N’ville. I went to the meetings last year, it truly fewlt like what image heaven carries. Sure, you get to rub elbows with big names, and it’s pretty easy to get in conversation with them (more relaxed in a way offseason?), but you meet people from all over ranging from tourists to job seekersRan into one dude who recalled the Phils glory years 76-83 better than I do, and he a lifelong Central Texan.

    You think you’ve completed your resume when you’ve hit x ballparks, seen y post season games, whatever your individual criteria might be. I suppose most people would think the winter meetings way down on the list. I believe you’d thoroughly enjoy the experience should it fall your way, or if you choose to plan it.

  • Posts: 0 schmenkman

    He’s projected to OPS ~.734. I think Frandsen can at least come close to that, don’t you?

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