It was a wild and very busy four days at the annual baseball winter meetings in San Diego, California. The local New York teams stayed quiet but the rest of the league didn't. It used to be just the big spending big market teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs etc would make noise but not anymore. The Oakland Athletics have been very buys, the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins were very busy this week, the Red Sox and Cubs were active also.
The Chicago White Sox signed David Robertson to be their closer. He got a four year deal for around 46million. They also traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics. The actual trade was RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley, 1B Rangel Ravelo and IF Marcus Semien for Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa.
The Cleveland Indians acquired OF/1B Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle. The Athletics were very busy but it appears they are in rebuild mode although Billy Beane doesn't see it that way.
The Chicago Cubs signed Jason Hammel to a two year deal and then they signed Jon Lester to a six year deal. The Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their six year deal with cuban Yasmany Thomas. The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed RHP Josh Lindblom off of waivers from the Oakland Athletics. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed 1B/OF Chris Colabello off of waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The Chicago White Sox claimed C Rob Brantly off of waivers from the Miami Marlins. The Texas Rangers claimed LHP Scott Barnes off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.
The Pittsburgh Pirates resigned pitcher Francisco Liriano to a three year deal. He had a very good year last year and has stabilized their rotation. The Chicago Cubs acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Jeferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley. The Anaheim Angels acquired C Drew Butera from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Miami Marlins acquired second baseman Dee Gordon, RHP Dan Haren and IF Miguel Rojas from the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Andrew Heaney, IF/OF Enrique Hernandez, RHP Chris Hatcher and C/IF Austin Barnes. The Dodgers then acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for LHP Andrew Heaney. The Angels acquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Colorado Rockies for RHP Jairo Diaz.
The Houston Astros signed reliever Luke Gregerson to a three year deal and reliever Pat Neshek to a two year deal. The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left handed pitcher/reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez.
The meetings finished with a flurry on the last day. The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Matt Kemp and C Tim Federowicz from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and minor league pitcher Zach Eflin.
The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Rick Porcello. They also received RHP Alex Wilson and LHP Gabe Speier. The Miami Marlins acquired Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach.
The Minnesota Twins signed pitcher Ervin Santana to a four year deal. The Kansas City Royals signed 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to a two year deal. The Detroit Tigers acquired Alfredo Simon a pitcher from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for RHP Jonathan Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez. The Boston Red Sox signed pitcher Justin Masterson to a one year deal.
The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals in exchange for two minor leaguers. The Miami Marlins acquired RHP Andre Rienzo from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for LHP Dan Jennings. The New York Mets signed outfielder/1B John Mayberry Jr. to a one year deal.