MLB: Winter Meetings, Day Three
On day two of the Winter Meetings, we saw plenty of moves. A few trades and free agent signings, which included Marco Scutaro staying with the San Francisco Giants and Shane Victorino moving onto the Boston Red Sox.
On Wednesday, thus far much talk is surrounding the potential three, or perhaps four-team trade that could involve Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton and pitcher Trevor Bauer. The other teams in the mix are the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Ray and perhaps the Kansas City Royals fit in somewhere within the discussions. The Diamondbacks are targeting Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. While the Rangers really want Upton, as of now, they have been reluctant to give up either of their young shortstops, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.
The New York Mets are still pretty far apart on a contract extension with NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. As many as eight teams are reportedly interested in trading for Dickey, although the asking price by the Mets is very high. Once Zach Greinke signs, the dominoes on many free agent pitchers will begin to fall and perhaps the teams that miss out on some of those pitchers, will begin to up their trade offers to the Mets for Dickey.
Speaking of Greinke, as I mentioned yesterday, I felt it was just a matter of time before he signs with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 29-year-old former AL Cy Young winner, reportedly enjoys to bat and would prefer to play his home games in a pitcher friendly park. The Dodgers of course being in the NL and in a very good pitcher friendly park meet those qualifications. Add the fact of course, that the Dodgers can outbid everyone as long as they are up to it, is another big and perhaps the biggest advantage. That being said, the very busy Rangers are reportedly up to the challenge of a bidding war for Greinke’s services. While the Rangers most likely can only afford one of Greinke or outfielder Josh Hamilton, it appears as if they prefer Greinke. I still feel Greinke will end up in Dodger blue, but he is taking his time looking at all of his options. The Dodgers have not made an official offer yet to Greinke, but when that time comes it very well could be a deal worth $25 million annually, perhaps over seven years.
Bringing up Hamilton again, the former AL MVP has drawn interest from many clubs although most don’t want to offer a long-term deal. In many cases, teams are looking at two and three year deals, due to Hamilton’s past injury concerns and addictions. I still believe the talented offensive star will get a four or five-year deal when all is said and done. The Rangers and Hamilton have cut off dialogue temporarily, but after he receives more offers he will go back to the Rangers to match and unless they sign Greinke, Hamilton will most likely remain in Texas.