The Chicago Cubs have made no secret of their interest in trading aging left fielder Alfonso Soriano as they reshape the roster for the future. Although the veteran slugger seems an ideal fit for a designated hitter role, at least one proposed trade would keep him in the National League.
According to CBS Sports, the Cubs have discussed sending Soriano to the Phillies in exchange for perennial outfield prospect Domonic Brown. In that scenario—which appears unlikely to go through—Chicago would foot the bill for $26 million of the $36 million still owed to Soriano.
For all that both teams have a stake in getting a deal done here—Chicago in unloading Soriano, Philly in getting a productive bat to protect Ryan Howard—this proposal is not the move that either team needs. The trade would likely do more harm than good for both teams if it turned into reality.
R.A. Dickey's future in New York is uncertain as of now, but mutliple indications lean towards R.A. being in the blue pin stripes next year.
The Mets are reportedly offering the reigning 38 year-old N.L. Cy Young a two-year, $20 million extension, which is on top of the $5 million he will make in the upcoming 2013 season. Dickey is reportedly looking to sign a two-year extension in the range of $26 million to $28 million.
Last week, the Mets aggressively excersized talks in the Nashville, Tenn winter meetings in a desperate effort to determine what they could get for Dickey in a blockbuster-of-sorts-trade.
Despite their efforts, Mets officials have still not yet found a suitor willing to offer "difference makers" in exchange for the Mets ace.
In addition to the Dickey saga, the Mets still need to do some work this off-season, and pitchers & catchers date is rapidly approaching. They are still seeking an outfielder, and a catcher to platoon with Thole. As far as pitching, the Mets could use another starter, as well as a combo-reliever to complement Frank Francisco.
Texas Rangers Free Agency Rumors: Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, or Justin Upton... Who Will Texas Choose?
The Winter meetings have come and gone. The annual event was held this year in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel, where owners, general managers, and agents wined and dined each other for 4 straight nights.
Last year in Dallas the Los Angeles Angels completely stole the show by signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to record contracts. The latter was of course expected, but the former was a would-be stake in the hearts of both the Texas Ranger organization as well as every Ranger fan in the land.
This time of year far too many people pay too much attention to the wrong numbers. The contracts tend to dominate the discussion at the winter meetings. So, when a deal is made like the one the Angels made with Pujols, who was coming off his worst season, everyone lauds the Angels an instant contender. No mind is paid to his steadily declining numbers and the fact that Angel Stadium is a pretty solid pitcher’s park. No comparison is made to the infamous contract Texas gave Alex Rodriguez in 2001 outside of the fact that they are roughly for the same amount of money and years.
Ruben Amaro Jr. has tried to stay patient during the MLB Winter meetings this week, hoping to not overpay and jump into a big contract just to make news. However, at this point the waiting game may start to hurt the team. Nearly all of the targets for the Phillies have signed elsewhere. Angel Pagan and B.J. Upton were the teams top targets at the beginning of the free agent period and they have signed with the Giants and Braves, respectively. There were a few plan B's for the Phillies including former Phillies Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn. Victorino has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and Bourn remains a free agent.
If their latest megadeal involving the Miami Marlins is any indication, the Toronto Blue Jays are going all-in on next season.
On Wednesday, Toronto took advantage of the Miami Marlins’ latest fire sale, acquiring SS Jose Reyes, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Josh Johnson, C John Buck, and IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio in an attempt to bolster their Major League roster. Essentially, the Blue Jays acquired almost everyone on the Marlins’ roster that made significant money last season.