If you are a Rangers or Yankees fan, it might be time to hope your favorite team finished second in the race to sign Cliff Lee.
During my four days in Orlando, it was hard to spend more than five minutes in the media room, lobby, or any of the hotel-based eateries without hearing the name Cliff Lee, often coupled with “Rangers,”, “Yankees,” or my favorite phrase of the winter rumors, “mystery team.” Now 48 hours removed and under the threat of a winter storm warning, Lee still hasn't signed, and the offers continue to ascend towards the heavens, with five years becoming six, six becoming seven, and dollars remaining at well over $20 million per annum.
A D-Backs beat writer discusses Justin Upton and the urge to win now.
Justin Upton was still a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks as the Winter Meetings came to a close earlier today, which isn’t too much of a surprise. But a few short weeks ago, the odds of the talented yet enigmatic outfielder changing teams in Orlando were anything but a long shot. The 23-year-old Upton’s name was bandied about in numerous trade scenarios, with fan bases of a plethora of clubs speculating on what it would take to bring the potential superstar to their city. Would the rebuilding D-Backs move him for a package of top prospects? Would they take a young major leaguer along with prospects?
It looks like not winning anything last year to complete their second four-season set--LDS loss, LCS loss, World Series win, and October golf, in no particular order--wasn't considered an acceptable result in Beantown. By signing Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal, Boston doesn't simply deny him to the Yankees, they wind up adding a fine ballplayer.
After both Chicago teams sign their first basemen, what's left over, plus dredging muck from the catching pool.
With the Cubs signing Carlos Pena and the White Sox landing Paul Konerko, the number of teams looking for first-base help and the number of realistic first-base options has obviously dwindled. I'll write a little bit more about both deals for tomorrow, but there are a couple of obvious takeaways.
The White Sox GM discusses the deferred dollars in the Konerko deal.
The White Sox have re-signed Paul Konerko to a three-year deal worth $37.5 million, an agreement which contains deferred money in year three and beyond. GM Kenny Williams addressed the financial implications of the deal following the official announcement:
The BBWAA's first Japanese member celebrates a 10-year anniversary.
Gaku Tashiro, a reporter for Tokyo’s Sankei Sports Newspaper, today became the first Japanese scribe to achieve 10 years of membership in the Baseball Writers Association of America [BBWAA]. Tashiro, who was recognized at today’s annual meeting, took a few minutes to talk about his place in BBWAA history.
The Cubs' skipper speaks, plus the Capn's new, additional definition of immobility.
ORLANDO__The Cubs' skipper has gotten high marks for his preparedness, but the man's voluble frankness was also on display during his media availability today. While noting that, in light of Ron Santo's passing and the observances of it come on Thursday, there'd been a change in his own plans: he wasn't going to be able to make it to any Caribbean action to check out Starlin Castro's progress.
Two BP writers join the BBWAA, plus other chatter.
Chilly ORLANDO__Well, first things first, I'm here, having arrived in a mental fog created by Sunday's late-night hijinks thanks to the on/off/on-again Adrian Gonzalez deal. There's something funny about waking up in Chicago before dawn, with the temperatures around 11, arrive in Orlando, find temps in the 40s, and think it was warmer back home, but like only too many real estate speculators, Florida managed to leave me feeling cheated in fairly short order.
The Cleveland skipper talks about going forward from 2010.
Manny Acta is a positivist and a patient man, and for the skipper of a team coming off a 69-93 season, those qualities are much in need. Not only are the Indians in a youth movement, several key players missed significant time with injuries in 2010 as the club limped to a fourth-place finish in the AL Central. Acta looked back, and forward, when addressing the media on day one of the Winter Meetings.
Bud Black understands pitching as well as any manager in the game, and he also knows Adrian Gonzalez as well as anyone. The Padres skipper won’t have the left-handed slugger in his lineup next season -- Gonzalez is now Red Sox property -- but he fielded plenty of questions about him during today’s media session. Two of the subjects he addressed were Gonzalez’s ability to hit the ball to left field, and his ability to hit against left-handed pitchers.