This year at the Winter Meetings was....uneventful to say the least. That is something we expected, and even though it was uneventful, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t exciting. Here is a short recap of what happened this week in Orlando:
- Kevin Cash spoke of the exciting youth core that he hopes to have a major impact on the MLB roster in 2018
- The Rays made THREE trades! One for Joey Wendle from the A’s and another for Ryan Schimpf from the Padres for INF Deion Tansel.
- They also traded LHP Anthony Misiewicz to Seattle for $1 Million in international money to help sign star international prospect SS Jelfrey Marte.
- Burch Smith was lost to the Royals in the Rule 5 Draft.
- The Rays announced 7 minor league deals with spring training invites, including staff favorite Jonny Venters
Winter Meetings Theme
#Rays are listening on Archer, Longoria and Colome, with Colome by far the most likely to get moved at this point.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 12, 2017
Evan Longoria is certain to be mentioned as a trade candidate in the coming week. When that happens, remember this: He leads @MLB with 798 games played over the last 5 seasons. He hasn’t spent a day on the DL during that span. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2017
#STLCards working multiple tracks in addition to Ozuna. Per sources, still talking with #Rays (Colome, possibly Longoria) and free-agent relievers (Nicasio). Other teams also on Colome with prices of free-agent relievers soaring.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2017
A lot of conversation but little action happening. Most of the trade talk was focused on Colome and the St Louis Cardinals, with small inklings of Archer and plenty of non-rumors of Longoria.
Outside The Rays
Plenty of exciting things happened outside the Rays’ organization. Giancarlo Stanton was introduced as a Yankee (ugh)
Loads of relievers came off the market including Tommy Hunter, Brandon Morrow, Joe Smith, Brandon Kintzler. Steve Cishek and more. The Cardinals even signed a reliever in Luke Gregerson, although that shouldn’t stop their pursuit of Alex Colome and maybe Chris Archer.
Marcell Ozuna was traded to the Cardinals for a prospect package, and soon after the Cardinals and A’s worked together to get Stephen Piscotty home.
The Stephen Piscotty trade is bigger than baseball. pic.twitter.com/m23w2mVuIa— MLB (@MLB) December 14, 2017
And plenty of more rumors including 3B Manny Machado and LHP Danny Duffy, who was not thrilled about the potential of being traded.
Bury me a Royal.— Danny Duffy (@duffkc41) December 13, 2017
Overall a lot of smoke, but where there's smoke, there’s fire... right?
Doesn't sound like #Rays + #Cardinals are dealing today, buddy @dgoold reporting STL execs leaving meetings with "good feel for what TB would be willing to move + what a variety of deals would look like with the Rays, whether they involve" Colome, Longoria, Archer, or combo of 3— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 14, 2017
If I had to describe my first Winter Meetings in one word: surreal. Some of those moments were:
- Literally almost running into Andrew Friedman.
- Seeing plenty of baseball celebrities including Daryl Strawberry, David Ross, Jim Hickey, Taylor Motter, Bill James, and more.
- Hearing Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo yell halfway across the hotel.
- The amount of people who want to talk to Scott Boras
- Getting to hear so many great stories from Steve Kinsella and Steve Carney. Thank you guys for showing me the ropes of the Winter Meetings.
- Meeting people who I look up to as writers and that I’ve followed for years like Ken Rosenthal, Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman of Cespedes Family BBQ, Susan Slusser, and, of course, the great Neil Solondz.
- The positively addicting atmosphere. The environment is best described like your first time to New York City. The big, bright lights of the different TV networks and live broadcasts. The seemingly millions people filling the lobby and walking through the halls looking for jobs, new scoops, or just a glimpse of their favorite former player. The overpriced food and coffee (Although if you are willing to travel a bit, you can find cheaper options). I can’t wait to do it again.
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