Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The big storylines tonight at the Winter Meetings seems to be about 1B Mark Trumbo, as well as Arizona’s significant interest in free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo (Rosenthal).
In regards to Trumbo, the Angels have lowered their asking price for him, up to 12 teams are interested (Heyman) and the offers are starting to improve (Rosenthal). The Mets had limited interest in Trumbo last summer, from what I recall. However, they never viewed him as the ideal player to bat cleanup behind David Wright. That said, his 30 home runs would look terrific behind Curtis Granderson, who will now likely bat behind Wright. I have not heard any connection between the Angels and Mets since last July, when I heard the Angels were only interested in Jon Niese.
The Royals are a possibility for Trumbo (Stark). However, Arizona, who is said to be after Choo, could also make a strong run since the Angels continue to pursue starting pitching (Rosenthal) and the D-Backs have a surplus of pitching prospects.
However, the buzz in Orlando all day has been that Arizona is hot for a big-time, front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher, who is under contract and has big-league experience… which sounds a lot like Rays LHP David Price. It’s also worth noting that Tampa is looking for a first baseman, and has reportedly shown interest in Ike Davis.
On that note, I keep having MLB people ask if I’ve heard anything about the Mets and Rays working on a three-way deal that would send Price to a place other than Queens. The thing is – and this is important – the only place I’ve heard these rumors are from the multiple people asking me if I’ve heard these rumors. So, I don’t really put any stock in to them. Nevertheless, it keeps coming up. And, this Trumbo-to-Arizona rumor got me thinking and brainstorming…
The Rays are reportedly looking to acquire a young, controllable catcher and first baseman, as well more pitching prospects, in any deal for Price. They are also seeking a left-handed hitting first baseman, and they’ve been linked in rumors to Davis. In addition, I’ve had people approach me trying to connect the D-Backs, Mariners, Rangers, Dodgers and Blue Jays to the Mets and Rays, featuring all sorts of clever combinations.
Players I’ve heared mentioned are Davis, Price, Mitch Moreland, Travis d’Arnaud, Nick Franklin, Andre Ethier, Jose Bautista, Matt Joyce, Patrick Corbin and other players that probably have zero chance of being traded this winter. It’s fun to think about, and pretend, but I have heard nothing substantive… just deep, deep speculation.
Again, just having fun here… a little end-of-day, late-night mock GM’ing; and, this Trumbo rumor made for some fun food-for-thought. That said, Tampa’s interest in Davis is real, and Arizona’s interest in Price is real, so it’s probably all worth keeping an eye on as the week progresses…