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Winter Meetings Rundown: Day 3

Winter Meetings Rundown: Day 3
December 7, 2011
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In the past 24 hours there have not been many rumors with the Indians close to anything on the free agent or trade front, but that is how things are in general at the Winter Meetings as it seems everyone is waiting for Albert Pujols to make his decision. Once that big domino falls there could be a flurry of activity over the final 12-24 hours in Dallas before the meetings come to a close tomorrow afternoon.

With Pujols likely to go back to St. Louis it means that Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez may no longer be available, which is unfortunate for teams like the Indians and others looking for a first baseman. The Marlins could still trade Sanchez if they land free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but without Fielder or Pujols in tow it seems unlikely they would create a hole at first base and trade Sanchez. Even if Sanchez becomes available, the Indians are not the slam dunk trading partner so many seem to think they are with the Marlins. I have heard that the Tampa Bay Rays would have a strong interest in Sanchez if he is available, and with their numerous big league starting pitching options at their disposal they match up a lot better in a trade with the Marlins than the Indians do. Even after signing free agent left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle the Marlins still need more help for the starting rotation.

Players offered salary arbitration by their teams have to accept or decline by midnight ET tonight. The feeling is that the market will become much clearer once players declare their arbitration intentions. There are several free agents on the Indians

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