That might have been the least interesting Winter Meetings I’ve ever witnessed. Who was the biggest signing? Bartolo Colon? It just speaks to how depleted the market is after the spending spree the Yankees went on earlier this month. Let’s get started on the rumors from the last day in Orlando.
- The Mariners made ex-Yankee Jesus Montero available, as well as Justin Smoak. The two have a history as the two pieces the Mariners wanted for Cliff Lee, but they ultimately disappointed. Mike Axisa of RAB made the case for re-acquiring Montero, and I’m all for it. He won’t play second base or third base or pitch, but he has an option, and his swing was made for Yankee Stadium. How much could the Mariners want for him at this point?
- Cashman talked a little bit about the pitching market to Andy McMullough, but there wasn’t anything specific discussed.
- Mike Morse signed with the Giants, and although he’s hardly an outfielder, this probably kills the chances of sending Brett Gardner or Ichiro Suzuki over to San Francisco.
- The Tigers agreed to sign Joba Chamberlain.
- Grant Balfour has three offers on the table, one from the Orioles, and the other two from #MysteryTeams. Could one be the Yankees?
- It looks like Omar Infante won’t be a Yankee, the two sides are too far apart. The alternatives are supposedly Mark Ellis and Stephen Drew.
- Speaking of alternatives, I mentioned yesterday that the team was interested in Didi Gregorius. Sweeny Murti heard a rumor of a three way trade that sent Gardner to the Indians, Justin Masterson to the Diamondbacks, and Gregorius to the Yankees. There had to be more involved for this to make sense for both the Yankees and Indians.
- Carlos Beltran passed his physical and I believe he’ll his signing will be official sometime later today. The Yankees must clear a 40-man roster spot for him.
Now for my opinions: I don’t think the Yankees will make a move on pitching until Masahiro Tanaka is posted. If they do trade for a pitcher, Jeff Samardzija seems to be the most available. If they trade for a reliever, Jonathan Papelbon is probably the most easily obtainable, and I guess that could open up a bigger trade, since the Phillies just seem generally unhappy with their team. I wouldn’t be shocked if they dealt Cole Hamels. As for infielders, the Mariners still need bats and I think Gardner for Nick Franklin makes a ton of sense for both sides, but I’m sure there are a lot of teams that like Franklin right now.
The truth is, trades are so impossible to predict. Nobody thought Michael Pineda would be swapped for Jesus Montero a couple of years ago, and I expect something like this will happen again. So that’ll wrap up the Winter Meetings. Now we wait for the cogs to turn and Cashman to make a move.