How was Your Week?

Posted: December 13, 2014 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, Uncategorized
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12/13/14

The winter meetings this year where a haven for baseball fans. With the trades and the signings it seemed as every team was in on a player or a deal. Not all of them went through, but let’s see which teams did what and where they might go from here.

Let’s start in the National League West with the World Series champions. The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval in free agency to the Boston Red Sox and where in the running for Jon Lester, but he signed with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants are still looking for a starting pitcher and possible someone to play 3rd base and another outfielder. There’s been talk of Buster Posey playing 3rd base and the new rumor is that Joe Panik may be moved over there. Marco Scutaro will return from injury and he’ll be in the mix somewhere. If you’ve heard Mark O’Neil from AroundtheFoghorn.com on our podcast you’ve heard the name Matt Duffy as a possibility at 3rd as well. The Giants have also started to take a look at James Shields. While they haven’t made a move they’re looking for guys who fit their system. Remember the Los Angeles Dodgers won the West last season and they went out and changed quite a bit of their roster for next season. Dee Gordon and Dan Haren where traded to the Miami Marlins for left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher, 2nd baseman Enrique Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes. Heaney was then moved to the Los Angeles Angels for 2nd baseman Howie Kendrick. The Dodgers went out and got Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies to fill to opening at shortstop left by Hanley Ramirez. The long talked about move of an outfielder happened as Matt Kemp was traded to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers sent Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego, with the Dodgers receiving catcher Yasmani Grandal, righty Joe Wieland, and a third player, likely pitching prospect Zach Eflin. It is being reported that Eflin won’t be a Dodger for long as he is headed to Philadelphia as part of the Rollins deal. The Dodgers are going to look different come opening day, but they added Brandon McCarthy to an already solid starting rotation and good pitching can keep you in a lot of games. The Arizona Diamondbacks where able to land one of the top Cuban free agents in Yasmany Tomas before the winter meetings started, but at the meetings they traded C Miguel Montero to Chicago Cubs for RHP Jeferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley. Then the Diamondbacks traded LHP Wade Miley to Boston Red Sox for RHP Rubby De La Rosa, RHP Allen Webster and SS Raymel Flores. The Colorado Rockies traded 2B Josh Rutledge to Los Angeles Angels for Jairo Diaz, but the move everyone is waiting for out of Colorado didn’t happen. Will they open the season with Troy Tulowitzski and Carlos Gonzalez on their roster? The Kemp trade was the Padres big move. They did sign Clint Barmes as a free agent.

In the N.L. Central the St. Louis Cardinals made their move early getting Jason Heyward in November. The Cardinals did sign free agent Mark Reynolds to a contract. The Pittsburgh Pirates brought back their own when they signed free agent LHP Francisco Liriano. Remember they also signed free agent RHP A.J. Burnett to bolster the starting rotation. The Chicago Cubs got their man. They said going into free agency that Jon Lester was their #1 target and they sign him this week to a six years and $155 million. The deal also includes a $25 million dollar option for a seventh year with a $10 million dollar buyout. Jason Hammel was also brought back by the Cubs to add to the starting rotation and Miguel Montero was brought in from Arizona to catch them. The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t make any moves this week, but remember they did trade Marco Estrada to the Toronto Blue Jays for 1st baseman Adam Lind in November. The Cincinnati Reds on the other hand dealt off a couple of starting pitchers. RHP Alfredo Simon was traded to Detroit Tigers for SS Eugenio Suarez and RHP Jonathon Crawford and RHP Mat Latos to Miami Marlins for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach. It was expected that the Reds would move a starting pitcher or two as they where all come up to their free agent years and there was no way they could resign all of them.

In the NL East the Washington Nationals made a minor trade moving LHP Ross Detwiler to Texas Rangers for 2B Christopher Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos. All the talk was that we’d see the Nationals deal Jordan Zimmerman or Doug Fister; so they could get in on the Max Scherzer bidding. Now it’s being reported that Washington may take another run at signing Zimmerman to a long-term deal. In Atlanta Braves signed Nick Markakis to replace Heyward. They added Shelby Miller in the Heyward deal and let Ervin Santana go in free agency. The Braves are even going to try to get something out of Jim Johnson; who at one time was a top closer. The Miami Marlins big move of course was getting Giancarlo Stanton to sign a long-term deal to stay with the team. They then went out and proved to him that they where serious about contending. The Marlins added Dee Gordon from the Dodgers and Mat Latos from the Reds without having to move any players in their starting line up. The New York Mets added Michael Cuddyer early in free agency and then this week signed another outfielder in John Mayberry Jr. There’s been a lot of talk about the Mets adding a shortstop, but will have to wait and see if they can get that deal done. Besides dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and letting A.J. Burnett go in free agency the Philadelphia Phillies also made a minor deal with the Pirates sending middle reliever Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh.

For the American League let’ start in the East. The Baltimore Orioles won this division last season. The Orioles didn’t make any moves this week, but remember they signed Nelson Cruz very late in free agency last season and that worked out well for them. The Orioles will also get Chris Davis back from suspension as well as Manny Machado and Matt Wieters returning from injury. After finishing at the bottom of the division last season the Boston Red Sox went out and made moves to change that this coming season. The Red Sox signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in free agency. Ramirez will move to the outfield this season. The Red Sox then traded for Wade Miley from Arizona, Rick Porcello from Detroit and signed Justin Masterson as a free agent to shore up their starting rotation. If Clay Bucholtz can establish himself as a #1 starter this will be a good rotation. The New York Yankees where another team that made their moves before the winter meetings getting the shortstop they needed in Didi Gregorius and then adding to the bullpen by signing free agent Andrew Miller. Add the Toronto Blue Jays to that list of teams who made moves before the winter meetings. They did claim Chris Colabello off of waivers from the Minnesota Twins this week. Before the meetings they added catcher Russell Martin as a free agent and acquired Josh Donaldson and Michael Saunders in trades. The Tampa Bay rays look to be rebuilding as there are more names leaving the Rays than signing with them. The rays did add closer Ernesto Frieri as a free agent.

In the ALCentral the Kansas City Royals decided to let Billy Butler go as a free agent and signed Kendrys Morales to fill his spot. The Royals haven’t added any other pieces to a team that went to Game 7 of the World Series last season. Being the prototypical small market team you have to wonder if the Royals will deal one of their three bullpen pieces for what they need this season. The Detroit Tigers add pitching and power to their team. Alfredo Simon was acquired from Cincinnati; they also received Shane Greene from the Yankees in a deal. The Tigers then got Yoenis Cespedes in a deal with the Red Sox to fill Tori Hunter’s spot. The Cleveland Indians only move was trading minor league 2nd baseman Joe Wendle to the Oakland A’s for outfielder, 1st baseman Brandon Moss. The Minnesota Twins went out and added a couple of free agents bringing Tori hunter back to Minnesota and then signing Ervin Santana to a 4 year deal worth 55 million dollars. Do you remember last season when Santana went into free agency and was asking for 18 to 20 million dollars a season. The Chicago White Sox added players early signing 1st baseman Adam LaRoche and lefty reliever Zach Duke, Then at the winter meetings they went out and traded with the A’s for Jeff Samardzija to add to the rotation. The sign free agent David Robertson to close games and also added middle reliever Dan Jennings in a trade with Miami at the end of the winter meetings.

in the AL West the Oakland A’s revamped their roster by adding Billy Butler as a free agent along with Brett Lawrie, Ike Davis, Marcus Semien plus 6 other minor leaguers players in trades. The A’s will look different on the field this season, but should continue to have strong pitching. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim added Josh Rutledge from Colorado, catcher Drew Butera from the Dodgers and top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney in a separate trade from the Dodgers. The Houston Astros addressed their biggest need in free agency signing relief pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. The Astros also went after Andrew Miller and David Robertson, but they choose to sign elsewhere. Sergio Romo may still be on the Astros radar to add to the bullpen. The Texas Rangers added Ross Detwiler in a deal with the Nationals and resigned pitcher Colby Lewis. The Rangers also selected Delino DeShields Jr. in the Rule 5 draft. The Seattle Mariners added the power hitting right-handed bat that the experts said they needed signing free agent Nelson Cruz. The mariners also traded for pitcher J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays.

There are still a lot of moves to be made before teams get to spring training, but here are some of them that went down. Who’s a winner and who’s a loser in these deals? I don’t think you cam answer that until you see what else these teams might do and how they play together once the season gets started.

A brief correction from Wednesday’s blog. I credited Greg with picking wide receiver James Jones of the Oakland Raiders in last Sunday’s head to head challenge against Mr. Fantasy. He actually selected Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons as his wide receiver. It was an honest mistake on my part as I wrote down J. Jones at the wide receiver position for Greg. Now I’ve known Greg since high school and he’s always been a Raiders fan; so when I saw J. Jones I thought Raiders not Falcons. Sorry Greg.

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So how was your week?

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