12/5/12

Winter Meetings in Review: Day 2

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  • Corner IF Mark Reynolds is drawing interest from the New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and the Tampa Bay Rays. The right handed power hitter is averaging 33 HR's a year over the past 5 years and would provide an instant middle of the order presence to any team despite batting .228 over that same span. The Mets are looking to possibly have him play OF but feel his price is too high according to Ken Davidoff on Twitter (Yea...no thanks. There's no spot for him since he'll want to be a starter and he led the majors in K's in 4 of the past 5 years.)
  • SP John Lannan is said to be drawing some interest from the Mets as a back-up plan in case they trade a starter away. Joel Sherman Twitter (Hey why not....however I'm sure some of you know me by now when it comes to my belief that Colin McHugh is ready to fill that #5 spot.)
  • The Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates also have interest in RP Manny Parra. Parra was 2-3 last season with a 5.06 ERA in 62 appearances and rates of 9.4 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9 (Manny Acosta v2.0? Yea thanks but no thanks.)
  • Sandy Alderson spoke with OF Scott Hairston's agent yesterday and believes that the Mets will leave Nashville with an OF whether it is Hairston or not. Adam Rubin Twitter It is believed that the Mets, Yankees, and Phillies are the finalists for Hairston's services. (Sounds like Hairston will be back which is great news for the Mets. The team is heavy on left handed hitters and he should balance that out a bit. As of now if he signs he should be in line to start in RF.)
  • According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, RP Robert Parnell is deemed to be "virtually untouchable." The Detroit Tigers made a move for him last year and were denied by the Mets. (Good...Parnell was the best arm we had in the bullpen all year. Yea he may not be able to handle the CL role but he is still an effective 7th inning or 8th inning guy.)
  • The Marlins are telling teams that SP Ricky Nolasco will not be traded this winter. Nolasco is the only remaining Marlin making 8 figures or more left on the team. Jayson Stark Twitter (Doesn't mean he wont get traded in July. His agent has made it known that he wants to be traded so it, along with his $11.5MM salary limits the Marlins leverage when asking for prospects. They'll wait for the summer when teams are desperate for a playoff push.)
  • The Marlins also are close to a deal with the Rays to trade SS Yunel Escobar for IF Derek Dietrich as the fire sale continues in Miami. Danny Knobler Twitter
  • According to Andy Martino Twitter, the Mets could look to use their pitching depth as supplements within a major trade to get the top class prospects they are looking for. SP Logan Verrett and SP Darin Gorski were the names specifically used. (As they should the minors are getting extremely crowded with quality back of the rotation caliber arms.)
  • The Washington Nationals have signed SP Dan Haren to a 1 yr/$13MM deal. Ken Rosenthal Twitter (All these one year deals have to be having an effect on the RA Dickey extension talks. That is now Pettite and Haren both getting $13MM for only 1 year of service. You gotta think that Dickey's asking price is at least averaging that $13MM number.)
  • The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to trade SP Vance Worley and SP prospect Trevor May according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia Sports
  • The Boston Red Sox  have signed CF Shane Victorino to a 3 yr/$39MM contract. He will play RF for the Sox while OF Jacoby Ellsbury returns to play CF. ESPN Insider Keith Law believes that the deal will vault to the top of worst contracts made this offseason. (Wow...$13MM a year for someone who has averaged a .264 batting average over the past 3 years. The CF market is hyper inflated this year and with Michael Bourn still on the market he should be able to command $17.5MM at a minimum. Kirk Nieuwenhuis may K a lot but he'll still get the Mets a .264 average at only$480k this year.)

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