The first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings came and went without much fanfare on Monday, at least by Winter Meetings standards. Blame all of last week's activity. There were plenty of rumors and whatnot, but not many actual transactions. There were only two minor free agent signings, in fact.
Monday's big news was the retirement of Roy Halladay. He signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays before making the announcement. Long-time managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era committee as well. Congrats to them.
Now, here's a recap of Monday's hot stove action.
Indians: Signed 1B David Cooper to a one-year contract, the team announced. He is returning from a career-threatening back injury.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
SS Aledmys Diaz: There is "lots of interest" in the Cuban infielder. He can not sign until Feb. 19 due to a suspension stemming from age falsification.
Pirates: GM Neal Huntington confirmed they won't be in on RHP Masahiro Tanaka. He also said it's unlikely they would sign a free agent that requires forfeiting a draft pick. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Rays: There is nothing imminent in their search for a first baseman, GM Andrew Friedman confirmed. (Tampa Bay Times)
White Sox: Owner Jerry Reinsdorf shopped short of calling LHP Chris Sale untouchable. "I've only had one player in my 33 years who couldn't be traded. He played basketball," said Reinsdorf, who also owns the NBA's Chicago Bulls and was referring to Michael Jordan.