Found December 05, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
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've done zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Actually, that's not fair. It isn't as if Jerry Dipoto has been sitting around his room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel watching pay-per-view skin flicks. The Halos have definitely had their name bandied about quite a bit in the rumor mill, so he must be doing something, it just hasn't resulted in any actual moves.
By my count, the Angels have been linked to 11 of the 39 free agent starting pitchers currently listed on MLB Trade Rumors. So, yay for rumors! Yay for the Angels having a list! Yay for having a Plan B!
But boo for the lack of tangible results. The thing with those 11 starting pitchers that they've been tied to as well as the countless relievers that they have been associated with is that by all accounts, they haven't actually spoken to most of them. Take today's news about them increasing their interest in Brandon McCarthy. That's great news, right? Well, maybe not so much because that interest didn't stem from any meetings with him or his agent. My guess is that Jon Heyman peaked over Dipoto's shoulder in the lobby and saw that Jerry had McCarthy's player page at Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs open on his laptop browser. Oooh! Intrigue!
Looks, I'm not naive. I fully realize that Zack Greinke is the one gumming up the works here. The Winter Meetings are well over 48 hours old, the self-assigned deadline Greinke's agent gave for Zack picking a team and all of his suitors really have no choice but to sit back and wait for him to pick his new team before they can go out and actually put their contingency plans into action.
It makes sense and I am fully on board with it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. So, you know, hurry up and do something, Angels. It doesn't have to be big or flashy, just get it done to slake my, and presumably thousands of other Angels fans', thirst for some kind of real roster-altering news.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two
teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS
it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012
Yesterday it was reported that the Dodgers are...
The LA Dodgers have blank check capabilities and the best free agent of the year in Zack Greinke within their reach. But is making contact the best move?The post Money, Cash, Throws: Zack Greinke And Big Dodger Dollars appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Well that was an exciting yet ultimately disappointing Winter Meetings, wasn't it? Sure the Angels made a few moves and more or less locked in their roster for the season, but they kind of forgot to bring in that one big piece that was going to make it all worthwhile, that would be a Mr. Zack Greinke.
Maybe I'm being presumptive, but with the money and roster spot they...
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...
There is a growing sense in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization
that free agent right-hander Zack Greinke is going to wind up signing with the
Texas Rangers, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports.
Growing feeling among #Dodgers people that Greinke may wind up w/ #Rangers. Reasoning: If he really wanted LA, could have signed by now
— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 6, 2012...
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...
At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents.
Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both.
The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...
Credit: The LFP
The Zack Greinke saga is the story of the Winter Meetings, not only because he’s the top free agent out there, but also because he’s holding up the deals of other free agents as they’re all waiting on him.
Whatever he decides, it figures to be at least borderline historical, as Jon Heyman notes.
Strong belief by people close to situation is greinke can beat...
According to John Harper of the Daily News, the Texas Rangers would trade top hitting prospect Mike Olt for R.A. Dickey, but only if they first lose out on free-agent Zack Greinke AND are unable to trade for James Shields who is their top preference if they have to make a swap.
Meanwhile the Royals and Blue Jays are not that interested in Dickey and and prefer the Mets young...
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 goals of Texas and Arizona are driving talk of three- and
four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings ? and also might shed
light on what is happening with the two biggest free agents,
right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton.
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...