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Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke are still with their respective clubs. I know we are all waiting for the huge signing and blockbuster deal but it hasn’t happened just yet.
The buzz is that the Dodgers are the front-runners in the Greinke sweepstakes, and numbers like $150 million are floating out there. That’s too rich for my blood that’s for sure.
Gary Armida of fullcountpitch.com and operationsports.com compared Greinke’s numbers to others on the market. It’s a fascinating article, and when looking at the numbers, the Ace like money Greinke’s going to receive does make you question the market for a starting pitcher with good, not great numbers. He a very good Major League pitcher and the jewel of the meetings, but is he worth being tagged the highest paid right-handed pitcher in the game? For more fantastic insight follow Gary at the above-mentioned sites and on his twitter account @GaryArmida
The Boston Red Sox are continuing to rebuild after a brutal 2012. Their first deal of the meetings saw them sign Mike Napoli to a three-year-deal worth $39 million. Yesterday saw them sign Shane Victorino to an almost identical three-years and $39 million.
And of course the Miami Marlins continue to subject themselves to the hatred of everyone. Less than two weeks after trading away the nucleus of their team to the Toronto Blue Jays, they traded Yunel Escobar to the Jays’ inter-divisional rival Tampa Bay Rays for 23-year-old Derek Dietrich. This might be good for Escobar. The Marlins aren’t going anywhere but the basement this year, and Rays manager Joe Maddon might turn Escobar into that player everyone thinks he should be.
The San Francisco Giants retained Marco Scutaro for three-years and $20 million pending a physical.
Three-time All-Star Dan Haren is now a member of the Washington Nationals, signing a one-year deal for $13 million. Haren will be a solid starter for a Nationals rotation that is anchored by Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, and Gio Gonzalez. The Nats who were playing with house money last year now appear to have the edge in the always competitive NL East.
Stay tuned for a Day 3 recap tomorrow!
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Zack Greinke is a lucky, lucky man.
It’s unclear exactly where he’ll be pitching in 2013, but it will probably be Arlington or Los Angeles, and the Dodgers, Angels and Rangers appear to be the last three teams vying for his services. However, some of the numbers being bandied about have made there way around the Internet, and they are mind blowing.
The most cited report has Greinke...
NASHVILLE Baseballs winter meetings ended on Thursday morning and Zack Greinke still wasnt a Dodger.
But he wasnt a Texas Ranger, either.
General Manager Ned Colletti said he remained uncertain of how the Dodgers talks with Greinke would progress or when there could be a resolution.
I have no idea, Colletti said.
The Dodgers are waiting on Greinke, but wont be paralyzed by him...
The following guest contribution was written by Richard Pallarino (@rpallarino). Richard is a student at CUNY-College of Staten Island and a Constituent Aide at the New York State Senate. Josh Hamilton was selected first overall in the 1999 Amateur Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, touted by scouts as one of the most pure talents [...]
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While the Boston Red Sox are “very unlikely” to sign free
agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New
York Yankees have recently checked in on the slugger’s medical records, reports
Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
#redsox are very unlikely on hamilton. #mariners, however, are said "real" players for JH
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS...
There’s not a whole lot of question right now regarding just who is the top free-agent starting pitcher available. When in doubt, follow the Dodgers. It was thought that re-signing Zack Greinke would be the Angels’ main offseason priority. They’re still interested, but they might be priced out. The Dodgers are in there and flashing their wallets. The Rangers might be just as...
NASHVILLE Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because an opportunity might arise or Angels owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player like he did with Albert Pujols last winter.
But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is clear that pitcher Zack Greinke...
8 a.m. ET: Day 1 of the winter meetings in Nashville was a little slow, but the action began in earnest on Day 2.
The Red Sox continued to be the most active team on the free-agent market so far this offseason. They had already hauled in Mike Napoli, and on Tuesday they agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract — mirroring that of Napoli — with outfielder Shane Victorino....
Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, and Justin Upton are three pieces of three monster deals that could be on verge of either getting done at any moment, or fall apart at the last minute.
That’s all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of other players, serviceable players that are available that no one talks about.
Look at Randy Choate for example. According to Jon Morosi’s...
The final day of the Winter Meetings are upon us and with that comes this VERY IMPORTANT update on the Angels...
...the Angels have (drum roll, please) not done a damn thing.
Yep, nothing. Not one move. They haven't signed Greinke or any other starting pitcher. They haven't even brought in a semi-anonymous middle reliever to fill out the bullpen. They...
Here is some news that, as an aside, doesn't make me entirely happy as an A's fan who enjoys his team winning and having easy teams to beat up on in the American League West. The news is that the Rangers have put Josh Hamilton contract talks on hold to pursue Zack Greinke. You can see why this would upset me.
But that's not what I'm here for. I have a whole A&...
The Texas Rangers have been the most aggressive team in
pursuit of free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
#Rangers most aggressive team on Hamilton, according to source. Would ease sting of losing Napoli. #Brewers on periphery with Hamilton.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012
Rosenthal adds that if the Rangers are...
It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals.
But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...
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