CHICAGO, December 13, 2013 — Major League Baseball’s winter meetings wrapped up yesterday with the Rule 5 draft, where a bunch of players who will likely be returned to the team from which they were drafted. The highlight there was the Texas Rangers selecting the Colorado Rockies’ minor league second baseman, and Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. As the importance of the Rule 5 draft has been decreased due to changes in the rules there was a decent amount of activity in the preceding three days.
The Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles (Anaheim) Angels completed the biggest trade of the winter meetings. 1B/3B/OF Mark Trumbo from Anaheim and two minor leaguers are going to Arizona. SP’s Hector Santiago from Chicago and Tyler Skaggs from Arizona are going to Anaheim. Finally, CF Adam Eaton from Arizona is headed to Chicago. On the surface this trade has the potential to help all three teams. The White Sox acquired their center fielder of the future in Adam Eaton, while opening a rotation spot for prospect Erik Johnson. The Angels filled the back end of their rotation with two starters who should at a minimum fill innings behind Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson. The Diamondbacks acquired a player in Trumbo who should hit for plenty of power behind 1B Paul Goldschmidt, but will sacrifice some defense to get him into the lineup.
The New York Mets announced the signing of OF Curtis Granderson prior to the meetings and added SP Bartolo Colon during the meetings with a two-year $20 million contract. Colon has adapted as he aged shifting from being a power pitcher to one with good control. At the very least Colon should be able to eat innings at the back of the rotation with a deal that is fair for that role.
The Rockies and Oakland As swapped some pitchers with the Rockies receiving SP Brett Anderson and the As obtaining Drew Pomeranz and Chris Nelson. Anderson has struggled to stay healthy logging just 163 innings total over the last three years, but has shown flashes of dominance when healthy. Pomeranz was acquired when the Rockies dealt Ubaldo Jimenez, but has not yet lived up to the expectations of being a top prospect, which may be due to being rushed to the majors. He will have a chance to get his career on track in a much better pitching environment in Oakland.
The Seattle Mariners built on their signing of Robinson Cano by trying to acquire all of the designated hitters. First, the Mariners signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one year deal for $5 million contract that could be worth $13 million with incentives. Hart missed all of 2013 with injuries but has hit when healthy. The Mariners then traded reliever Carter Capps to the Marlins for Logan Morrison. Morrison, who was made expendable by the Marlins signing Garrett Jones, also struggled with injuries last year but should provide more value than Capps.
The San Francisco Giants announced the signing of Michael Morse on the final day of the meetings to a one year $5 million deal with incentives. Morse has the ability to hit for power but the Giants will be sacrificing defense to get him in the lineup.
Finally, Roy Halladay retired on the first day of the meetings. Halladay struggled the last two years, but is one of the best pitchers of the 2000s as well as one of the most durable. Halladay led the league in complete games seven times and seeing a pitcher log more complete games per season than many teams may be a thing of the past.
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