“Winter Meetings-Final Day”
News & Notes from the hallways in Orlando in the final hours of the Winter meetings.
Padres..We have 150-infielders on the roster, but not enough starting pitching…Not sure how Chase Headley fits in with Yanget Solarte, Carlos Asuaje, and the wide host of shortstops on the roster….Wish they were coming back with Joules Chacin and Craig Stammen signed-but as long as they aren’t signed elsewhere, it means they could still be part of the Friars. GM AJ Preller was shopping both Headley and Solarte on Wednesday night and still taking calls on relief ace Brad Hand.
Dodgers…Players are leaving. I am surprised at the lack of effort by LA to retain Yu Darvish, who could be headed back to the American League with the Astros or Twins. ..they also lose setup guy Brandon Morrow, a key component of the Blue bullpen….I know Dave Roberts says they still have 98-starting pitchers, but part of that are injury related guys, the kid Julio Urias, the forever hurt Brandon McCarthy, the slow to come back from surgery Hyn Jin-Ryu. And I wonder what Adrian Gonzalez feels like now that word is out they wanted to ship him to the lowly Miami Marlins.
Angels…Some week or so for Gm-Billy Eppler….Signing Shohei Ohtani for next to nothing in terms of salary…..Trading last night for veteran 2B-Ian Kindler of the Tigers…restructuring the contract of OF-Justin Upton to keep his booming bat….and the signing of the top Laztin free agent let go in the Braves scandal, Kevin Maitan.. They look loaded and do believe all their injured starting pitching is healthy now.
Miami…And you thought hurricane damage in South Florida was bad…..Agent Scott Boras described it perfectly…wishing that MLB did a better job os screening the Derek Jeter group, who dont have enough money, and have ripped apart the franchise in one weeks time. They dealt Giancarlo Stanton..Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna…got 1-veteran players, Starlin Castro back, plus 9-minor league prospects….As Boras said, the took a ‘jewelry store roster-made it a pawn shop’.