Thus far, the Winter Meetings have been fruitful in rumors and speculation but pretty barren in terms of actual moves made. The most notable free agent signing has been Andrew McCutchen to the Philadelphia Phillies, while the Chicago White Sox acquired Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates and that’s been it.
On the Rays front, the status quo remained the same as reports yesterday were repeating what we already know, the Rays are interested in Nelson Cruz and Charlie Morton. Another name has now been confirmed to be of interest to the team after much speculation as Bob Nightengale and Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rays have been talking to the Martiners about Carlos Santana.
- A somber day for the Rays as longtime Field Coordinator, Jim Hoff, passed away at the age of 73. Current and former members of the Rays organization took to twitter to remember Hoff and pay tribute.
- The Ybor City stadium proposal seems to be dead following a sternly written letter from Rob Manfred and a bleak press conference held by Stuart Sternberg at the Winter Meetings yesterday. John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times wrote about what this means and where to go from here.
"Mr. Sternberg I don't feel so good" pic.twitter.com/tpYtEVXM37— DRaysBay (@draysbay) December 11, 2018
- Blake Snell turned up at the Winter Meetings to host a MLBPA Fortnite tournament.
Around the League
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly looking to move one of their outfielders, either Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig
- According to Let’s Go Tribe, the Cleveland Indians may have Yandy Diaz penciled in as their everyday third baseman. Diaz has been a part of the Rays trade rumors at the Winter Meetings
- The San Francisco Giants are going to experiment with ‘The Opener’
- The New York Mets are still very aggressive in their pursuit of JT Realmuto
- The Milwaukee Brewers have met with free agent catcher, Wilson Ramos
- The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Andrew McCutchen
- The Toronto Blue Jays have released Troy Tulowitzky
This Date in Rays History
- 2004 - Acquired C Kevin Cash from the Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Chad Gaudin
- 2016 - Signed C Wilson Ramos to a two year deal