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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Wayne, NJ (Dec 2) – The Winter Meetings will begin on Monday; it is a slow week in the baseball world. It is time to get ready for the meetings, which will take place in Orlando beginning next week.
What are some of the things to look for, what are some things that have happened leading into the meetings?
There have been some pretty big players to sign but none of the biggest names such as Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford. Here is a look at what may happen next week and what has happened already.
The Mets will look to sign players for cheap deals that may work out and end up being a good bargain for them. In terms of their position players they really don’t need to do much, the talent is there its just executing. They may still look to get rid of Oliver Perez who believe it or not is pitching well in Mexico as part of the Winter League. Luis Castillo is another guy they may try to unload but it won’t be so easy to accomplish. The Mets will also need to stay healthy this year and have the players produce the way you expect them too.
The deals that have been taking place over the last week are that Jorge De La Rosa who after Lee may have been the best pitcher on the market has resigned with the Rockies. The Los Angeles Dodgers who have been very active signed Jon Garland to a one-year deal, which is a bargain. Garland consistently pitches 200+ innings and wins double digit amount of games.
The Dodgers have signed Juan Uribe from the Giants, and will play him at second base; they also made a trade for Blake Hawksworth from the St. Louis Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. Troy Tulowitski of the Colorado Rockies signed a ten-year extension that will carry him through 2020. Tulowitski idolizes Jeter and he signed a 10-year deal at the same age. I would watch for Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth next week.
Crawford has most often been linked to the Angels but I have been hearing reports today of him maybe going to the Red Sox. I can see one of them getting Crawford and the other getting Werth. The other really big name that is out there is Dunn and I can see him going to the Chicago White Sox or maybe even the Tigers who seem to have a lot of money and they are making moves. I would expect Zach Greinke to be a hot topic as he wants out of Kansas City but of course, there is the issue of his anxiety problems from the past and all the teams that are on his no-trade list.
There has been talk of the Yankees trying to get him if they cannot land Lee who I do think they will end up with. Greinke would not be a good fit for New York because of his past problems and playing so long in a city that is very quiet and the team has not been very good in a long time.
The biggest name to come off the board was Victor Martinez who was with the Red Sox and signed with the Tigers for four years and more than 50 million. The Red Sox may be in the market for a catcher but right now Jarrod Saltalamacchia is their catcher. There may also be a bunch of other free agents coming as the non-tender deadline hits and anyone who declines arbitration or is not offered it will be a free agent.