Another riveting day at the Winter Meetings. By that, I mean it was underwhelming. Let’s start up day 4 by recappingh yesterday’s rumors and transactions.
- The Phillies are indeed looking to bundle Domonic Brown with Jonathan Papelbon. If the Yankees are serious about dealing Brett Gardner for a starting pitcher, they may get a discount on Brown if they take on Papelbon’s contract.
- There were some talks about the Yankees swapping Gardner for Austin Jackson. I don’t know why the Tigers would want to do that, but I’d be a big fan it it doesn’t get more complicated.
- Though the Yankees are considered out on Shin-Soo Choo, some believe that they could still make a run for the outfielder. Cashman also confirmed that the team has money to spend, he says, “we’re ready to rock and roll”. He also said that nothing has changed with the $189 million budget, so there’s some ninja-talk in there somewhere.
- Justin Masterson was a name that came up early yesterday, but those rumors were stifled by Buster Olney. Thanks a lot, Buster.
- The Yankees actually did make an acquisition. The player coming over to the Bronx, or rather Trenton, is Kyle Haynes, who the Yankees received as the player to be named later in the Chris Stewart trade. He’s a decent lottery ticket for a reliever.
- The Diamondbacks are looking to trade for a starting pitcher, and they’re listening on offers for middle infielders Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. I’m not a huge fan of either, but apparently the Yankees like Gregorius. I guess a trade could work if a third team with an extra starting pitcher liked Gardner.
- The Yankees are still talking to Omar Infante, but they’re not willing to go 4 years. I feel like they might have said something similar about Carlos Beltran.
- The Tigers and Astros like Joba Chamberlain. No comment.
- As Domenic posted earlier this morning, the Yankees turned down an offer from the Reds of Gardner for Brandon Phillips. Domenic does a great job of explaining why this deal was rejected.
- Finally, there were a bunch of acquisitions that had little to do with the Yankees. The Mariners agreed to sign Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison. That’ll be some defensive “outfield” in 2014. Meanwhile, the Mets agreed to sign ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon. It’ll be nice to have him back in the New York newspapers, but I thought he’d an interesting acquisition for the Yankees.
Today is the last day of the Winter Meetings. Things usually slow down by noon, when managers and general managers head back to their respective cities. Fortunately, some of the talk that took place over the last 3 days leads to deals over the next month. The Yankees are bound to trade for someone eventually.