'Twas the night before the winter meetings and all through the foyer
Not a GM was stirring, not even Jed Hoyer.
The offers were sent to Amaro with care
In hopes that Cole Hamels might soon be theirs
The reporters were snuggled with cell phone in hand
Hoping to Tweet where Jon Lester would land
Having just finished dinner and still being full yet
I sit down with my laptop and write MLB Bullets.
- The Yankees had been quiet so far this offseason, but that ended over the weekend as the Bronx Behemoths made most of the noise. But it wasn't the big bang that we're used to from New York. As predicted on Friday, the Yankees signed reliever Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million deal.
- Miller signed with the Yankees despite being outbid by the Astros.
- The Astros are now likely to make a major effort to sign David Robertson. And failing that, Sergio Romo.
- The Yankees, for their part, are not ruling out bringing Robertson back, but are likely to turn their attention elsewhere.
- After losing Miller, Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, Jorge L. Ortiz asks the Baltimore Orioles "Quo Vadis?" (OK, he doesn't exactly use that phrase.)
- But the Yankees weren't done. In a three-way deal with the Tigers and Diamondbacks, the Yankees acquired Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks, while Arizona gets Robbie Ray and the Tiger receive Shane Greene from New York. Thus the man that former Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers once compared to Derek Jeter, despite the two having nothing in common other than both being shortstops, will now replace Jeter with the Yankees.
- Tom Verducci runs down all the players involved in this deal and declares that getting Miller and Gregorius is a great move for the Yankees, as long as it's only a first step towards something else.
- Rob Neyer thinks that the Yankees really needed a shortstop, so Gregorius does make them a better team.
- Except reports out of Arizona called Gregorius "mentally fragile" and "a nervous type." Umm. Sounds like a perfect fit for the Yankees.
- Ken Rosenthal says that in the past, a guy like Gregorius would be guided by Derek Jeter, except if Jeter were still around, Gregorius wouldn't be a Yankee. Kind of a Catch-2.
- The Yankees did talk to the Phillies about Jimmy Rollins, but he's not willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to New York at the moment. At least not for the Mets. It's not clear if he'd waive it for the Yankees, but the deal never got close enough because the Phillies wanted a top prospect for Rollins.
- The Mets are likely to trade either Dillon Gee, Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings.
- If the Red Sox fail to land Jon Lester, they may go after Max Scherzer instead.
- Sounds like a trend, because the Giants are reportedly saying the same thing. But they're also looking at pretty much every free agent starter on the market. And Cole Hamels too.
- The Giants were not the team that made a $65 million offer to Chase Headley.
- The Twins have been linked with free agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
- The Red Sox and Padres discussed trading Yoenis Cespedes for Ian Kennedy, but the Red Sox want more than that for Cespedes.
- A deal that would send Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier to the Diamondbacks for catcher Miguel Montero fell through when Diamondbacks ownership nixed the deal.
- Jim Salisbury wonders whether or not the Phillies will start selling off players at the Winter Meetings. Magic 8 Ball says "Outlook not so good."
- The Rays hired Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash as their new manager.
- The Blue Jays are looking to replace longtime team president Paul Beeston. Jays ownership isn't happy with some of Beeston's latest actions and Beeston was thinking of retiring anyway. The two leading candidates are White Sox VP Ken Williams and Orioles GM Dan Duquette.
- The problem is that both of those men currently have jobs and are under contract. Orioles owner Peter Angelos said that he expects Duquette to be the Orioles GM through the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2018.
- And the White Sox have denied the Blue Jays permission to speak with Williams.
- The Angels have made C.J. Wilson available for trade. Although one unnamed GM in that story commented "Good luck."
- The Rockies are listening to trade offers for Troy Tulowitzki, but they have given no sign that they're open to making a deal.
- Ken Rosenthal has ten things to look for at the Winter Meetings.
- ESPN.com has a list of players to watch at the Winter Meetings, and they do it with a snazzy web page.
- After signing Nelson Cruz, the Mariners are considering making a similar offer to Melky Cabrera.
- Rob Neyer thinks he's figured out why the Mariners signed Cruz. (Short answer: "Why not?")
- The Mariners also had a clever way of introducing Cruz to Seattle, with "smashed" windshields and free tickets.
- Jayson Werth is going to jail. He's going directly to jail. He will not collect $200 dollars. (Instead, he'll just collect the $63 million still left on his contract.)
- The Tampa Bay Times goes over five sites under consideration for a new ballpark in Tampa for the Rays. All of them have significant problems at the moment.
- Bruce Markusen has a nice tribute to the career and life of Ken Brett. Worth reading.
- And finally, they've decided who will be on the cover of MLB 15: The Show. Many made the plea to be on the cover (including a certain manager with glasses) but their can be only one: PUUIIIIIIIIIIG!