MLB: News and Notes from the Winter Meetings
With the Winter Meetings currently going on in Nashville, lets take a look at some news and rumors floating around.
On an injury related note, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to have surgery on his hip and is expected to be sidelined for four to six months. Most likely Rodriguez will miss the first few months of the season, but should be good to go by June.
The World Champion San Francisco Giants agreed to a deal to keep center fielder Angel Pagan in San Francisco for the next four seasons. The deal is worth $40 million total. Pagan, 31, was a pretty hot commodity on the free agent market, with teams like the Philadelphia Phillies showing interest.
The Texas Rangers have been busy as they agreed to a two-year deal Monday with reliever Joakim Soria. The 28-year-old Soria was one of the top closers in all of baseball a few season back, but is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had in April.
The Rangers also re-signed catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year deal.
The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a one-year, $2 million dollar deal with first baseman James Loney. The 28-year-old Loney is a career .282 hitter, although he does not possess the power you would like to see from an everyday first baseman and he is coming off the worst season offensively of his career. That being said, Loney is outstanding defensively and if he can get back on track, this can be a very low risk/solid reward move for the Rays.
The New York Mets are actively listening to trade offers for NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. While the Mets have been negotiating a contract extension with the 38-year-old knuckleball pitcher, they want to see if they can get a few significant young pieces in return for Dickey, who has one year remaining on his deal.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to get a deal done with the top free agent pitcher on the market Zach Greinke, preferably this week at the meetings. The Rangers, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are all still in the Greinke hunt, but the Dodgers appear to be the favorites with the Rangers lurking in their rear.
In terms of the top position player on the free agent market, Josh Hamilton, it appears that he may remain a Ranger after all. The Rangers are currently the favorites in the Hamilton sweepstakes, but again things do change by the hour and it’s possible even a mystery team or two can come out of nowhere to make a significant offer.
While talk recently suggested that Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton would most likely be staying in Arizona, the Diamondbacks are still actively listening to trade offers. As mentioned many times before, if they get significant value and pieces (young shortstop and/or top of the rotation starting pitcher) then Upton is still very much in play.
We’ll have updates everyday this week on the latest news and rumors from the Winter Meetings!