I mistakenly said these were the winter meetings. In fact, their the general manager meetings. I guess it’s like spring training; they’re getting a feel for what the real WM portend.
Like the WM, there’s no shortage of rumors. Now it seems the LA Angels are interested in Ian Kinsler, who was included in this list of the 15 Tigers most and least likely to be traded. Fifteen? That’s more than half the team. Seems they can’t make up their minds though: ”
Contract status: His final contract year will pay him $11 million in 2018. He can block trades to 10 teams on a pre-submitted list.
Why he’ll be traded: Of the expensive veterans still remaining on the Tigers’ roster, Kinsler is the most marketable.
Why he’ll stay put: The Tigers could opt to wait until the trade deadline if they sense the market is soft. But that seems unlikely, given the dwindling market for rentals. Expect the Tigers to take what they can get this winter.
Fun fact. Alex Bregman is one of the few ballplayers to be on teams that won both Major League and college championships.
Now that the Seattle Mariners have acquired first Baseman Ryon Healy in a trade with the Oakland As, how will that impact Danny Valencia, who had already lost his starting job when the team picked up Yonder Alonso at the deadline this past season?
Ouch! This writer on the Dodgers Way / Fandsided blog gives Joc Pederson a “D” for the regular season. Hard maker.
So how do you think Gabe Kapler will fare as the new Phillies manager?