I love these winter meetings. Here are my thoughts on a few things mentioned.
- Martk Melancon – I have to give him credit. He seemed like a fringe pitcher who would have a hard time getting above AAA back when he began with the Yankees. The Giants just gave him a 4 year contract for $62 Million. That’s $15.25 Million per year. Great park, great Manager, great team. He worked hard to get this contract while honing his craft with the Pirates. Hope it works out for him. For fantasy value I would still keep him at the 2nd or maybe 3rd tier of closers. Tiers to follow soon.
- Chris for Sale…Heard a rumor that the Nationals are offering Giolito, Robles +.The Red Sox are likely looming as well. They are stocked with young players and MLB ready players. Since the day he started I looked at his delivery and marveled that he has not had Tommy John surgery at least 2-3 times.
- Heard that both the Blue Jays and Cardinals have made offers to Dexter Fowler. Very underrated player but he wont be once he lands a huge contract someone will give him.
- Rich Hill signs a 3 year deal withe the Dodgers for $48 million. Good for him. This guy was a lost cause. Baltimore, New York, Chicago have had him. Hill was pitching in the independent league. The guy has gone through so much including cancer with his son. Hill took a long time but he perfected that one pitch that people cant hit. Great feel good story for him.
- The Red Sox just acquired Tyler Thornberg from the Brewers to add to their bullpen for next year. Travis Shaw and 2 minor leaguers going to the Brewers. Great addition. Teams have been trying to fill their bullpens with pitchers good enough to close games. The Red Sox and Giants have started with out hesitation.
- Matt Holliday signs a 1 year deal with the Yankees for $15 million to DH and play some first base to help Greg Bird out when a nasty lefty is on the mound. Great signing Holliday will bring a lot of leadership to that young clubhouse.
- There was a rumor that the Royals were talking with the Cardinals on a deal that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to STL for Kolten Wong + something.
- There are some questionable rumors that the Dodger and Yankees are talking with the Twins about Brian Dozier. It would be a sell high for the twins but, i doubt he’s going anywhere.
So much more going on. Zig Zig will keep posting as i see more.