MLB winter meetings: Phillies, White Sox, Rays and the MLBPA among winners and losers from Day 2
Tuesday in Vegas was much more action-packed than Monday
Tuesday marked the second day of this year's Winter Meetings. Day one came and went without much action, but day two thankfully contained a few transactions -- including Andrew McCutchen landing with a new team -- and some curious rumors concerning Manny Machado, Noah Syndergaard, and others. It was a much better day, in so many words.
The winter was made for cuddling, for celebrating the year that was, and for hastily overreacting to the smallest bits of baseball news. As such, we've decided to record who we perceive to be as the day's winners and losers. Please keep in mind this is, by and large, a serious and scientific exercise. Thank you.
Braves and the Nationals. The biggest domino is yet to fall -- presuming the Phillies remain interested in Manny Machado and/or Bryce Harper -- but Matt Klentak and company entered Tuesday having already buttressed their core by acquiring shortstop Jean Segura and three relievers.with the
Klentak added his biggest name to date on Tuesday Rhys Hoskins.. McCutchen isn't the MVP-caliber player he was in his prime. He is, however, an above-average hitter whose defense is passable in a corner -- heck, he's likely to look good compared to
Add in McCutchen's value in the clubhouse, and there's plenty to like about this deal.
The Rays didn't incur any losses from a hot-stove perspective. Nonetheless, they land here because their attempts to secure a new stadium have again hit a hurdle.
, but it seems like the Rays will occupy Tropicana Field until 2027. There's no two ways about it, that's a loss for a team that's been seeking a new home for more than a decade now.
There's no telling how likely it is that the three teams listed above will hammer out a deal they can all agree upon. But we have to say, the Marlins seem to be doing a better job of drumming up interest in Realmuto than they did with any of their chits last winter. To wit, the rumors that the Yankees themselves are trying to land Realmuto appears to be a Marlins creation:
Loser: Mets fans
You have to feel at least a little bad for Mets fans, who are having to deal withNoah Syndergaard.
Maybe the Mets walk away from a Syndergaard deal with a better club. But, to some extent, you can understand any Mets fan who feels this is destined to backfire in glorious fashion.
Winner: White Sox
Although Nova is no prized pig or game-changer, he's been an average or better starter in each of the last three seasons while compiling at least 160 innings per pop. He features better control than command, and he's prone to the long ball. Still, he doesn't have to improve or morph his game in order to be a welcomed addition to a White Sox staff that could use the help.
Last season Nova posted a 93 ERA+ and a 3.26 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The White Sox had six pitchers make at least five starts: two had a better ERA+, none had a better strikeout-to-walk ratio. It's fair to say Nova is an upgrade -- and that's important if the White Sox are serious about making the leap into contention.
Loser: The MLBPA
It's becoming clear that Major League Baseball's teams are operating Red Sox are reportedly interested in shedding some salary to avoid overage penalties.. For the latest example, the
That's not good news for the union, which already endured a difficult winter last year and is starting to see signs that another freeze could be in effect this year.
It's not good news for anyone who wants baseball to avoid a labor strike, either.
Yes, really -- for they finally hired a manager. Former Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde of leading what's certain to be a very, very bad team for the foreseeable future:
Here's hoping Hyde can stick around long enough to welcome better days to Baltimore.
We're putting the Pirates here not because we hate the Ivan Nova deal -- Pittsburgh has some starting pitching depth to leverage so we get it from that perspective-- but because we're not confident they'll reinvest the savings in whole to upgrade an average roster.
The Pirates will reportedly sign Jordan Lyles -- who we think could be a value deal -- but if that's the extent of their plans, then that's a little disheartening. Pittsburgh is also known to be shopping catcher Francisco Cervelli, among others, to which we'll say: Payroll flexibility is valuable only if there's an intent to use it. Otherwise, it's just saving an owner millions for no purpose.
Maybe the Pirates will do something to surprise us. Until then, we're skeptical.
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