The Diamondbacks, White Sox and Angels have completed a three-team deal. The Angels sent OF Mark Trumbo and players to be named later to Arizona. The Diamondbacks have sent OF Adam Eaton to the White Sox, LHP Tyler Skaggs to the Angels, and the White Sox have sent RHP Hector Santiago to the Angels (Morosi, Dec. 10).
Now that Chicago has acquired Eaton, they could look to trade OF Alejandro De Aza (Rogers, Dec. 10).
Now that Arizona has acquired Trumbo, they aren’t likely to sign free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo. However, Scott Boras’ asking price for Choo is still high, and too high for the Rangers (Sullivan, Dec. 10).
The Phillies are not motivated to move OF Domonic Brown, but would consider moving him for two or three young players in return (Stark, Dec. 10).
The Orioles have targeted some of the Marlins outfielders in trade (Encina, Dec 10).
The Rays and Rangers could swap OF Matt Joyce for 1B Mitch Moreland, but it’s not clear if that deal has any traction (Stark, Dec. 10).
Free agent OF Rajai Davis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tigers (Nicholson-Smith).
Lastly, free agent OF Jason Bay could be headed to Japan to play for the Yomiuri Giants (Johns, Dec. 10).
2:02 pm: 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis wants to play on the west coast next year (Perry).
1:45 pm: The Yankees have talked with the agents for 1B Mark Reynolds about coming back (Barbarisi).
1:00 pm: The White Sox have offered 3B Juan Uribe a two-year deal (Rojas).
12:20 pm: The Pirates have renewed interest in signing free agent 1B James Loney (Olney).
11:50 am: The Nationals are balking at trading INF Danny Espinosa, despite interest from the Yankees and other teams (Rosenthal).
11:50 am: The Orioles (Encina) are among seven teams (Rodriguez) interested in Marlins 1B Logan Morrison.
10:57 am: The Rays might match up with the Rangers for a deal involving 1B Mitch Moreland (Stark).
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Rays are looking for a left-handed first baseman, according to manager Joe Maddon on MLB Network Radio yesterday. Obviously Ike Davis fits that criteria, but Moreland does as well. Moreland has his issues, but he’s been more consistent than Ike and is probably more appealing as a result. That, along with Morrison’s growing market could negatively impact Sandy Alderson’s ability to deal either Davis or Lucas Duda. And, if the first base supply continues to increase, it will certainly lessen the front office’s ability to net a significant return.
10:44 am: The Marlins are interested in INF Juan Uribe (Rosenthal).
9:36 am: 2B Omar Infante’s asking price is higher than $8 million per year and a multi-year deal (Olney).
4:41 pm: The Rockies have acquired LHP Brett Anderson from the A’s in exchange for LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen (Rosenthal).
11:34 am: The Braves could emerge as favorites to acquire RHP Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs (Rogers).
9:00 am: The Phillies will listen to offers for both LHP Cliff Lee and LHP Cole Hamels (Olney).
12:30 am: A lot of teams have inquired about Nationals RHP Tyler Clippard and RHP Drew Storen (Ladsen).
The Mets and Orioles have been in repeated contact this winter, according to multiple reports.
The Mets have reportedly asked Baltimore about SS J.J. Hardy (Rubin, Nov. 25), OF Nick Markakis (Francesa, Nov. 13) and top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (Duquette on MLB Network Radio, Dec. 10).
Meanwhile, the Orioles have asked about Daniel Murphy (Sherman, Dec. 9), and they may have interest in Ike Davis (Sherman, Puma, Martino, Dec. 9).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In return for Hardy, team insiders have told me the Orioles want a top, young pitcher, such as Cardinals RHP Shelby Miller, which has scared several teams away — including the Cardinals — during November. Also, while Baltimore will listen to offers for Markakis, I’ve heard they’re more likely to trade him during the summer, when they hope he increases his value to a level it once was. Jim Duquette said the O’s quickly rejected swapping Bundy in a deal for Murphy, though he said the Mets asked about other players as well.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Prior to 2013, Markakis provided consistently above-average offense, with an excellent OBP and good power. This year, however, he was terrible at the plate, with an OPS of .685. His power, in particular, was much decreased and he hit more ground balls. He’s expected to bounce back from this rough performance, though he may not return to the .800+ OPS he managed earlier in his career.
Photo courtesy of the Mets on Twitter.
The Mets are very willing to trade 2B Daniel Murphy, someone told a rival GM in Orlando (Martino, Dec. 8).
10:20 am: The Orioles asked about Murphy; the Mets asked for top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, among other players; and Baltimore turned them down (Duquette on MLB Network Radio).
There was a report Tuesday that the Orioles had interest in Murphy (Sherman, Dec. 9). However, Baltimore’s interest may have been a bit overstated (Duquette, Martino, Dec. 9).
Nevertheless, while there’s skepticism the Mets will find a taker (Martino, Dec. 9), the team is still pushing very hard to deal Murphy (Passan, Dec. 9), who is drawing interest as a second baseman, third baseman and as a super-utility guy (Rosenthal, Nov. 14).
According to people familiar with the market, Murphy may only be worth a mid-rotation starting pitcher (Cerrone, Dec. 9), even though the Dodgers, Yankees, Tigers, Royals and Orioles are all reportedly looking to acquire a second baseman this winter (Heyman, Nov. 6).
The Mets can live with Ruben Tejada at shortstop, a) if they upgrade their offense at other positions, and b) Tejada returns to being the player he once was, the team’s assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, pres. by Citi.
“There’s some smaller options out there,” Ricciardi said about the market for shortstops. “I think with a couple of the other pieces that are coming together at the major league level, we’re starting to get the formation of a club that can carry someone at shortstop like Ruben.”
Similarly, Sandy Alderson said that Tejada could find himself the team’s primary shortstop, depending on how the rest of the off season plays out. On other hand, he would be considered more of a part-time player, getting time at both middle infield positions, in the event the Mets acquire someone else, Alderson said Monday.
To see Ricciardi’s interview with Burkhardt, during which they also discuss the overall market, trading Ike Davis or Lucas Duda and the team’s strengths and weaknesses, click here.
The Mets and D-Backs met Monday, but did not find any common ground (Rubin).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
D-Backs SS Cliff Pennington is under contract through 2014, plus they have Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed, all of whom are top infield prospects. Arizona has said in public that they’re fine platooning these guys. However, it seems to me that would be a waste, since they’re all young and it would certainly slow their development. I heard last summer that Arizona was open to shopping Gregorius and OF A.J. Pollock to get pitching, but I haven’t seen any rumors like this so far this winter.
MLB insiders also say Arizona could be looking for a third team to help them get in on Rays LHP David Price.
At the Winter Meetings, SiriusXM analyst Steve Phillips talked with SNY.TV’s Robert Brender.
Phillips talked about a variety of issues, and had the following to say about…
The team’s budget contracts, payroll and if the Mets have the potential to still sign big-name players:
“The Mets have always had a budget. But, whenever there has been the possibility of something that made sense, that was fiscally resonsible and reasonable, that makes sense for now and the future, and the value is right, the Wilpons have always been willing to consider that. From experience, I would say, they’ve always been open to considering those things. I suspect that hasn’t changed. Now, they’re moving through some of the financial difficulties of the past, so I wouldn’t rule out anything because they never really do either.”
The state of the hot stove, following what was such a frenzied start to the winter…
“Typical, when free agents sign before the Meetings, it means they got offers they didn’t expect to hear. … It seems to me, now that things are shifting toward trade discussions, which take a little bit longer. … There are more impact players on the trade market right now than in the free-agent market.”
The Curtis Granderson signing, and giving him a four-year deal..
“Granderson is one of the best guys in all of professional sports. He was one of the best people I’ve ever come across. He’s a class act, he’s smart, articulate, charismatic, he’s everything you want in a player. I love his power bat coming to the lineup. … he needs his swing fine tuned, so his relationship with the hitting coach is going to be important. He’s more than an adequate outfielder, he’ll cover ground. He’s a great addition to this lineup. He’s not all that’s needed, but certainly a piece that will be important to them.”
To listen to all of Brender’s talk with Phillips, click the play button below:
The Mets will introduce Curtis Granderson at a 12:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, which will air live on SNY.
The Mets met Monday with Bartolo Colon‘s agent (Murti, Dec. 9). However, they are not likely players for him, given his price range (Martino, Dec. 9).
Though there’s skepticism they’ll find a taker (Martino, Dec. 9), the Mets are still pushing hard to deal Daniel Murphy (Passan, Dec. 9). Eric Young Jr. and Wilmer Flores will be considered for second base, in the event Murphy is traded, Sandy Alderson told reporters Monday in Orlando.
Alderson said he is looking to add a starting pitcher, but he’s reluctant to give a multi-year deal.
Meanwhile, there are four teams engaged in talks with the Mets about Lucas Duda and/or Ike Davis (Carig, Dec. 9), including the Brewers and Rays (Martino, Dec. 9).
The Mets have shown interest in signing free agent relievers Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9) and Chris Perez.
The Mets have discussed free-agent SS Cesar Izturis, who they view as a possible back-up infielder (Puma, Dec. 9).
Lastly, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, signing a one-day contract with the Blue Jays.
Listen: MetsBlog LIVE at MLB Winter Meetings from earlier today
Today on MetsBlog LIVE from the Winter Meetings, SNY.TV’s Robert Brender talked with MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone and the Star-Ledger’s Jorge Castillo about the current hot stove, while answering questions from the lobby in Orlando…
To listen to the replay, click here:
Brender will be doing another live show Tuesday afternoon, starting at 11:30 ET on MetsBlog.com.
The Mets expect to step up their efforts to trade Ike Davis or Lucas Duda, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking (Carig, Dec. 8). The Mets preference is to move Davis (Martino, Dec. 8).
There are four teams engaged in talks with the Mets about Davis (Carig, Dec. 9), including the Brewers and Rays (Martino, Dec. 9).
According to major league sources, the Rays like Davis (Martino, Nov. 28) and will consider swapping him for OF Matt Joyce (Topkin, Nov. 27). Also, in Orlando on Monday, the Mets and Brewers met to discuss the two first baseman (McCalvy, Dec. 9).
There were conflicting reports about the Orioles, who may or may not be interested (Sherman, Puma, Martino, Dec. 9). Similarly, the Pirates do not see interested (Martino, Dec. 9), despite reportedly looking for a left-handed hitting first baseman to serve in a platoon.