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Baseball Winter Meetings Day One

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Orlando, FL (Dec 6) – The Winter Meetings started with a bang, well at least the day before. The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year deal for 126 million on Sunday evening. This signing shocked the baseball world and upset many people. Scott Boras though as he usually does sets the market and gets what his players want.

Washington although they have some good young players, have been in the cellar every year and wanted to spend some money to try for a marquee player. Werth is a very good player but he is not an elite player and that is what they are paying him to be.

Cliff Lee will be the big topic over the course of this week. It is hard to tell if he will sign this week or not. I get the feeling that he will sign right before Christmas, give it a couple of more weeks. Brian Cashman the Yankees GM met with the agent for Lee again yesterday and said he would do so as often as possible during the course of the week. As far as we know, there was not an offer discussed but that should be coming soon. I do not think any team has made a formal offer as of yet.

The Yankees besides getting Lee would like to find out about Andy Pettitte but there were conflicting reports on him on day one of the meetings. Bill Madden of the NY Daily News had a report that a friend of Pettitte has told the Yankees about three weeks ago he was definitely retiring. Craig Calterra almost immediately responded to that with a friend of his said he was coming back. Cashman said that Pettitte told him after the season he was leaning towards retirement, which he has never done before so he may be leaning that way more than he ever has.

The Mets have not done anything and are not expected to be big players. They are working on their coaching staff at the meetings. They have interviews going on for the hitting coach position while they are in Florida.

There has been lots of talk about Carl Crawford especially after Werth got seven years. A lot of people believe Crawford will get eight years because he is younger and also a better player. I am not sure if he will but thinks there is a good possibility. I still think Anaheim is the most likely place and they want to spend money so they may over spend a bit just to get a player. The Angels have been the class of the west for a while and after last year being so disappointing they want to make a splash and try to pass Texas and regain first in that division.

gmarchesej Posted by on December 6, 2010. Filed under Mets,MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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