MLB: Winter Meetings, day four
Here are some more rumors on day four of the MLB Winter Meetings.
The Texas Rangers are clearly one of the teams, if not the team to watch here. They are nearing a deal to send infielder Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies, although Young does need to approve the trade. The Rangers are basically involved with many of the big names on the free agent and trade market. They are working extremely hard to acquire outfielder Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are still three and four-team scenarios being thrown out there, now including the Seattle Mariners. The thinking here is that the Mariners would love to sign outfielder Josh Hamilton and if the Rangers acquire Upton and sign top free agent pitcher Zach Greinke, then Hamilton will be Seattle bound. If the Rangers can’t get Upton, then they will still be in on Hamilton. Can the Rangers afford both Hamilton and Greinke? It’s possilbe, but unlikely.
Speaking of Greinke, over the past few days it appeared that he was bound to join the Los Angeles Dodgers at some point. Things have potentially changed a bit. The Rangers, as mentioned above are highly intrigued by Greinke and are doing everything they can to bring him aboard. While the Dodgers can outbid anyone, you can’t discount the Rangers financial means. They can definitely spend and while they may not be able to get into the territory of the Dodgers, they should be close. Now you add the fact that Greinke’s wife is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and potentially swaying towards returning to Texas and leaving Southern California behind. Now, in regards to rumblings, things can change. Things are sometimes not entirely accurate of course and exaggeration occurs. The Dodgers seem less confident about Greinke, but it could be a negotiation ploy to get it into the media, in order for Greinke to speed up his decision process. Another scenario that comes into play is that the Dodgers are reluctant to include no-trade provisions in contracts.
The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians appear to be the favorites to sign third baseman Kevin Youkilis. In fact, there have been reports indicating the Yankees have offered the veteran a one-year, $12 million deal. I’d expect Youkilis will be signed within the next 48 hours.