A Winter Meetings Update

 

Dukes, rounding the bases after hitting his first career homerun this past season in Yankee Stadium.

The Rays and the Nationals made another prospect-for-prospect deal, following the Nationals’ acquisition of Lastings Milledge, and the Rays’ swap of Delmon Young plus two to the Twins for Matt Garza más dos.

Each team did well in the trade, acquiring something potentially useful, though not likely so.  Tampa Bay rid themselves of the “troubled” (in this case, insane is probably the correct word) Elijah Dukes, sending him to Washington in exchange for Glenn Gibson, a 20-year-old lefty with decent numbers in the low minors. 

Washington did well to turn a young guy they’re not counting on into a guy who, IF he figures life out (yes, life, as in being a quality human being and not threatening the lives of ex-girlfriends and being generally undisciplined and insane) has the potential to play a solid CF/RF in the Majors, and could give the Nationals a promising young trio of Willy Mo Peña, Dukes, and Milledge in their OF.

Tampa, meanwhile, continued its strategy of turning an overloaded OF into pitching, which makes sense, and has been a long time coming.  So, overall this trade makes sense for both teams.

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The Nationals also traded Jonathan Albaladejo to the Yankees for Tyler Clippard in what seems to be a Ambiorix Burgos for Brian Bannister starter-for-reliever type trade.  Not sure who will get the best of it, but it could end up being interesting in a few years, or simply pan out as a typical lesser-prospect trade that results in nothing for either team.

The White Sox acquired a nice player in Carlos Quentin, who has a chance at being a quality regular in the outfield, for Chris Carter, an A-ball slugger.  I like this move on the White Sox’ end.

Andy Pettitte’s return to the Yankees certainly gives them a boost, but if they truly are letting the Red Sox outmaneuver them over the inclusion of non-sure-thing prospects, they will regret it from second place for the next few years.

Mike Lamb to the Red Sox would be a solid addition at the right price and contract length.

The trade of Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, and others is an interesting one, but I’m not sure I would go after Dontrelle under any circumstances at this point; his cost in money alone seems to outweigh his likely performance, especially coming over to the American League from the NL, so why give up better, younger players for him?  As far as Miggy’s concerned, he was my great hope to replace Manny Ramirez in LF for the Red Sox, so this is a personally devastating blow, especially considered he’s reported to be getting in better shape, mitigating teams’ concerns about his long-term potential of having a keg instead of a 6-pack.

The Royals have signed José Guillen for 3 years and $36 million.  Yuck.  I’m not a fan of this guy for that sort of money for any team, but especially a non-contender trying to build like the Royals.  But hey, at least Walmart scrooge David Glass isn’t sitting on millions of revenue sharing dollars like in the past.  I would prefer that they put that money into the draft, however.

Jake Peavy just signed a three year extension for $52 million with an option year worth $22 million or a $4 million buy-out.  He’s currently under contract for the next two years, so this means San Diego has the best pitcher in the NL locked up for the next 5 or 6 years at a very reasonable rate.  Well done.

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