Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a trade with the Detroit Tigers, acquiring left-hander Andy Oliver in exchange for catcher Ramon Cabrera
The Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere in a trade with the Minnesota Twins.
It seems to me that the baseball world is moving a little away from the New York Yankees. We’ve got age all over the place, the A-Rod surgery, the Russell Martin exodus, and now the Jeff Keppinger signing with the CWS. Also, did you notice the Yankees were talking about moving Curtis Granderosn so they could get some salary “flexibility”… now, I know how bad I spell, but I wasn’t sure they even knew that word existed. This is a team with a $210mil payroll and people are talking like they aren’t even going to be a playoff contender in 2013. It’s a disaster. Rodriguez ($29mil) may not play the entire season, Mark Teixeira ($23,125mil) has been a bust, and Derek Jeter (17mil) is far past his prime. The system is not producing quality replacement players and it doesn’t seem to be that special to play for this team anymore. Watch for Toronto and Boston to fight it out for the division here, and the loser being the wild card. It sure would be nice to see the demise of the Yankees coincide with a Mets playoff appearance.
Nothing continues to happen when it comes to P RA Dickey, but, that may not be a bad thing. The worst thing that’s going to happen here is, one, no one trades for him and, two the Mets can’t agree with Dickey’s agents on an extension. This means he will still pitch the 2013 season, while the Mets consider two other options: One, take two draft picks for him when he moves on in 2014 or, pull off another Carlos Beltran trade to a team that will be looking for a quality starter after the all-star break. There will eventually be a decent return for Dickey; we just don’t know what it is yet and how it will affect the team. The talk now is that Sandy Alderson is packing his suitcase and ready to both the meetings a day early. This could be smokescreen, but who cares if it is. All the right teams know what cards need to be played. I’m disappointed that nothing has come out of the meetings, but I’m happy a bad deal wasn’t made either. Word is the Mets are passing on the Rule 5, so they might as well leave. They got their star. David Wright.
JD - @JDSussman - The Mets are correctly looking to replace Dickey with young major league ready talent. Right idea, but it limits the pool of trade partners.
I have no problem with this. My target has always been 2014 and anyone that can help me then is fine for my team. Signing Dickey to two more years will help my 2014-2015 team, but trading him for a young talented outfielder or catcher will help more in the long run. I would then have someone under salary control for around five years and I could build a new lineup around.
Sandy Alderson’s parting comments at the Winter Meetings:
Progress? Did I miss something at these meetings. Oh yeah, what about all those guys they got today from the Rule… err… no, that didn’t happen either. All of this “nothing” shit just keeps happening and teams like the Phillies secure OF Ben Revere today. The Mets couldn’t have done that with Wilmer Flores or one of their young pitchers? Is there really no one in the Rule 5 worth drafting? The highlight of this off-season is obviously the re-signing of David Wright. Next come the reallocation of Jason Bay and Mike Pelfrey, but after that, only RP Greg Burke seems to offer this team any help in 2013. Sandy, DePo, and JP might as well have rode that train around the lobby all week. Progress, my ass.