Storylines: Dodgers make waves at Winter Meetings
- The Dodgers had a massive day on Wednesday making lots of deals. The first deal they made was to acquire shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies for two yet to be named pitching prospects. Then they made a six player trade with the Marlins sending infielder Dee Gordon and pitcher Dan Haren to the Marlins in exchange for left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, second basemanEnrique Hernandez, right-handed reliever Chris Hatcherand catcher Austin Barnes. Finally, they flipped Heaney to the Angels and received second baseman Howie Kendrick in return. Oh, and to top it all off they agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract.
Other News and Notes:
- Early in the morning on Wednesday the Cubs put the finishing touches on a deal with lefty starter Jon Lester for six years and $155 million.
- The Red Sox and Diamondbacks have an agreement in place where the Diamondbacks will send Wade Miley to the Red Sox in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and a yet to be determined prospect.
- The Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez.
- The Astros signed reliever Luke Gregerson to a three year $18.5 million deal. They also signed right-handed reliever Pat Neshek to a two year $12.5 million deal.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Nationals and Mariners have discussed a deal for Ian Desmond.
- After their busy Wednesday, the feeling in the industry is the Dodgers are setting themselves up to make a big push for free agent pitcher James Shields. They also have interest in Jake Peavy and other free agent pitchers.
- The Dodgers are also making headway in a potential Matt Kemp trade to the Padres as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that a deal “has legs” and that both sides are making progress toward completion of a deal.
- According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Twins are a favorite to sign Ervin Santana. He notes that both sides are pushing to get a deal done.
- The Mets look to be gaining momentum in a potential trade of starter Dillon Gee. The Rockies and Royals look to be the best matches in a deal at this point.
- The Royals have told teams that their trio of late inning relievers Greg Holland, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera are not available in a trade. On the other hand, they have let it know that infielder Omar Infante is available. The Royals reportedly also have interest in Rafael Furcal on a minor league deal.
- The Orioles reportedly have an interest in acquiring outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
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I think that's because such a deal was BS and never even an option. The Tribe could never afford Kemp, even with $35M coming our way. In addition, they would never, ever, EVER, consider trading Lindor for a guy like Kemp (on the wrong side of 30). I think that fan was simply spewing one fans wish list. I think anyone who thought Lindor + fill in the blank for Kemp was just hoping for an unrealistic Christmas present. But, fans will be fans. We all overvalue our "own guys".
1. Simple/favorable to the Dodgers... Kemp and $ 35 MM in cash for Lindor, Salazar and Wolters..
As of this morning, the Dodgers have now traded Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz and $ 30 MM in cash for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Elfin..
From a biased perspective.. the Indians deal was better.. a LOT better.