There were no last-day fireworks for the Yankees yesterday on the final day of the 2015 GM Meetings. Cash did his damage on Wednesday and in all likelihood laid some groundwork for bigger talks next month. Most of the big news yesterday came from the rest of the league. - The biggest news is recent former Yankee front officer and new Anaheim GM Billy Eppler making a splash and acquiring all-world defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves for Erick Aybar, prospects, and cash. I like the move if the Angels think they can perk up Simmons' bat, which Atlanta apparently did not think was possible anymore. Anaheim is already in "win now" mode with the guys they've got, no reason for Eppler to not be aggressive if he thinks it improves the team.
- The Mariners kept dealing as well, picking up righty reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Padres. The AL West should be fun next year.
- Via Ken Rosenthal, it sounds like Colby Rasmus will be the first player to accept his qualifying offer. That would mean he'll get $15.8 million next year and have another shot at free agency. Not bad for a dude who played on a 1-year/$8 mil deal in 2015. Guys like Rasmus can make a nice chunk of change for themselves by accepting qualifying offers. Maybe we'll start to see more players do it now.
- One small bit of Yankee news. The Silver Slugger Award winners were announced last night and Brian McCann took home the award for AL catcher. He hit .232/.320/.437 with 26 HR and 94 RBI, so congrats to him.
- And in the kinda sorta Yankee news category, former World Series MVP Scott Brosius has been hired as the Mariners' new Triple-A hitting coach.