Open Thread: Winter Meetings Day Four


Adam Miller appears to be on the way. (AP Photo | John Raoux)

Wow, so pretty crazy day, huh? It all started off in the wee hours of the morning when we found out that Yu Darvish is going to be posted, then it continued with the Angels agreeing to sign both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. The Yankees made a pair of Rule 5 Draft picks and are rumored to have interest in both Manny Corpas and Adam Miller. Lost in the shuffle was David Waldstein reporting that the Yankees won the negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima with a $2.5M bid, a touch more than we heard yesterday. Also, Brian Cashman said this before leaving Dallas (via Bryan Hoch)…

“[Pujols] is a special player. I don’t know him personally, but I see what he does with that bat. It’s Montero-like.”

Please give that man a lifetime contract.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread as I fly back home. The Winter Meetings are always a blast, and this year was no different. The Browns and Steelers will be on the NFL Network tonight (8:30pm ET), and all three hockey locals are in action. There’s plenty to talk about, so have it. Enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Tom Zig says:

    Brian Cashman = Monteroisdinero?

  2. Mantle28 says:

    So, all my Cardinal friends are saying that they lost all respect for Pujols and hes exactly like Lebron. To me this makes no sense. He helped bring 2 world series to the city, something Lebron couldnt do.

    But I gotta ask you guys, lets say Derek Jeter is a free agent after the 2006 season(was he?), and we think were gonna sign him but are still cautious. And then he signs with a team like the Giants or the Padres or whatever.

    Would you hate him? I know I wouldnt.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Although I have not been a big fan of the recent Jeter and his current contract, I love the guy for keeping Bob Sheperd’s voice alive.

    • Sean C says:

      One of my best friends is a Card fan. He told me today, “I can understand why he did it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. But he made it to the playoffs 7 times and brought 2 championships back with him.” That’s some level-headed thinking to me. However, if you’ve been to StL, that city revolved around Pujols. It’ll be interesting to see what the city/franchise does going forward….

    • Thomas Cassidy says:

      I wouldn’t hate Jeter if he left. I’d hate the decision he made, but it’s up to him.

      He can only play baseball for so long, he should play wherever he wants, or for however much he wants.

      That being said, thank God Jeter is a Yankee fan.

    • Pat D says:

      I’d probably hate him, because that’s just the way I am.

      I wonder what I would have done if Dave Winfield had left the team voluntarily when his contract was finished. He was my favorite player and I was only 9 when the Yankees traded him to the Angels. I started hating the Yankees and didn’t really start liking them again until after Winfield won the Series with the Blue Jays in 1992.

      Something tells me I would have remained loyal to the team and ditched Winfield if he had walked on his own.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Well the Angels just offered Pujols more money and the Cards fucked the dog on that. They should have gotten something done last offseason even if it meant like 10/280 or something. Someone really ought to get fired in St. Louis. Pujols was willing to play ball with them, but they just lowballed him. He wanted ten years, and he could get ten years the Cards offered eight. The Cavs offered LeBron the max offer. Lebron, like the cocksucker he is, made a huge spectacle out of ripping the hearts out of Cavs fans. He had ESPN kiss his ass for a month and then devote an hour of programming to blowing him, just so he could take the opportunity to say “Fuck you Cleveland” on a national stage. Pujols did the normal thing and went about his business in a normal way, not to mention gave the Cards two rocks and a chance to play ball. Cardinals fans should be mad at the front office, not Pujols. Pujols took an extra two years and 40-50 million. You can’t blame him for that.

  3. LA Sean says:

    Did Cash really say that? That almost sounds too ridiculously funny to be true. Id imagine he must have had such a big grin while saying it.

  4. Virgil Earp says:

    If George were alive we wouldn’t have let the Angels and Marlins outspend us. We needed upgrades in the rotation and we miss out on the 2 best available starters. That shouldn’t happen to the Yankees. We need to make a splash. Dump Burnett. Trade Teixera. Sign Prince. Sign Darvish. The pen should be fine with Hughes to Joba to Soriano to Robertson to Mo. But we need starters to get us through 5 innings.

  5. Reggie C. says:

    I’m 99% sure Cashman said what he said in jest. But, just in case i wake tomorrow morning to read Montero’s the centerpiece of a trade for Adam Wainwright or Lincecum, I better stock on Kleenex.

  6. Kevin G. says:

    How come NBA teams can sign and trade players today? I thought they couldn’t do so until tomorrow? Also, does CP3 to LA mean Dwight to the Nets? Or are the Lakers getting both?

    • Rob says:

      Getting both. Lakers have better players to give.

      • pat says:

        That would be absolutely absurd. I’m not even a Lakers fan, but that would be sick.

      • CP says:

        Who? Beyond Bynum, I don’t see what they can reasonably add to a deal. And saying Bynum is injury prone is an understatement, plus he’s only signed for two years (IIRC) compared to one for Howard.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          The Magic might actually re-sign Bynum. They’ll probably also include picks. Bynum and picks for Dwight and Chris Paul and Lamar Odom for CP3. I’d say Kobe’d have a great shot at picking up his 6th then.

          • CP says:

            I still think the Nets offer is better (Lopez + 2 1st round picks for Howard and Turkoglu). Maybe I’m biased, but I can’t see trying to build a franchise around Bynum. He’s played one full season in his career, and bad knees aren’t something that usually heals itself. He’s great for the Lakers because they can nurse him through the season and make sure he’s ready for the playoffs, but I don’t know that it would work if he had to carry a team through the regular season too.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              I think the Magic are done once Dwight leaves regardless, Bynum at least has name recognition. Even if he’s overrated I’m sure the Lakers will offer more picks than the Nets would be willing to. The Nets will need those picks coming up and they might end up losing Deron Williams anyways. Their best bet, IMO, is trying to rebuild through the youth movement. I say they’re two or three years off from bringing some serious heat in the basketball world. Why would they trade two possible lottery picks and one of their best players? The goal is to go forward, not backwards.

        • Chilibacca says:

          Bynum is overrated. They’d be better off swinging a deal with the Nets for Lopez, but even then the return wouldn’t be that great. I’d rather have them keep him, cut Arenas, and try to sign some more pieces. He’s on the record saying he wants to stay, so might as try to placate him.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            “They’d be better off swinging a deal with the Nets”

            When you read that it’s safe to assume what follows is bullshit.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        No fucking way. Brook Lopez is a top 5 center. Bynum only plays 60-65 games a year because of injury issues. Nets have a ton of picks to give up and they can take on a crappy contract from the Magic. Lakers will not have the cap space to do that. Nor do they have picks.

        Nets can offer the best if Otis Smith stops acting stupid and begins rebuilding ASAP.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          What? Howard, Duncan, Horford, Nene, and Jefferson I’d take before Lopez.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Duncan’s a PF. Lopez has a better career PER than Horford. Nene sure but he’s not young.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              Duncan’s listed as a center on most leader boards, but he’s not a “pure center.” If you go by pure Centers then yeah I’ll grant you that he’s top five but how many of those are there? Not that many, not to mention there’s not many that are very good. There’s also a few PF/C types that I’d rather have over Lopez too.

              If the Nets move into Brooklyn and Lopez is still there, Jeter will rejoice because then he won’t be the worst defender in New York. The dude straight blows on defense. Despite being the main scoring threat on the Nets he creates basically nothing for his teammates, to be fair his teammates to suck, so there’s that too.

              PER is a pretty good stat, but it’s not the whole story either. I wouldn’t use straight PER if I were trading Dwight.

          • Chilibacca says:

            Only Dwight, Lopez and Amar’e averaged at least 20 with 1.4 blocks a game. And as a Magic fan I’d prefer getting someone who can at least score vs some dude with bad knees and a bad attitude. But again, I’d rather milk out one more season of Dwight over a couple of weak trade proposals.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              Lopez gets blocks, but he can’t rebound his way out of ballsack, one of the worst in basketball.

              • CP says:

                Bynum can’t rebound either when he’s sitting in the trainers room.

                • Jimmy McNulty says:

                  I think Lopez is 65/67 out of all those who qualify for center at defensive rebounding. So while Bynum may be injury prone I’m sure he’s the more valuable defender despite playing only 80% or so of the season.

    • MannyGeee says:

      All for not. Sounds like Stern is squashing the deal.

  7. Craig says:

    I wonder how Cards fans feel regarding Matt Holliday….doesn’t show up in the postseason and some of the $ they used toward him could’ve been used toward Pujols a few years ago.

    • vin says:

      He’s been worth every penny the Cards have paid him. If I were a Cards fan, I’d blame the ownership. Albert’s new deal is commensurate with his talent, the Cards wanted him to take a hometown discount, and he told them to go screw. Good for him.

      I’d rather spend 25 million per year on a generational talent/icon like Pujols, than two mid- to back-end starters.

      There’s a Cards fan verywhere you turn in this country. There’s no way they couldn’t afford Albert, they just chose the safe path.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        I dunno if they’re just being safe or underestimated the market for Pujols. Hell, once the Marlins offered 10/275 I think it’s obvious they needed to go ten years. Yeah ten years is going to suck, but you still get to sell Pujols jerseys throughout the ten years. He’s that type of player, homegrown once in a generation talent. How do you fuck that up? What now they’re saying “we’ll just sign Fielder, that’ll make it better!!!!” Sure the production for a few years won’t be that different, but there’s something special about Pujols to the Cardinals that, frankly, I don’t see anywhere else in baseball. How the Cards managed to fuck this one up is beyond me.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I’m sure they feel great considering what Werth and Crawford got.

  8. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Since Pujols is almost guaranteed to get into the HOF, and it sounds like he will play almost exactly half of his career for the Cardinals, and the other half for the Angels, who will he go in as? Whoever he wins the most rings with?

  9. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I think I speak for everyone here in wishing Mike a safe flight home.

    On a different note: we saw Pujols leave the Cardinals today, and we might see Chris Paul and Dwight Howard go to the Lakers, and in the NFL we might see Peyton Manning leave the Colts. So basically in one offseason we might see the landscape in three sports change. Exciting times.

  10. William says:

    Montero is not Pujols, mainly because of his glove. He’s more like manny, without the Steorids and attitude issues.

  11. TomH says:

    The Yankees fail to get past the opening round of the playoffs. They’ve got a rotation that depends on Freddy repeating, on Noesi (a kid) repeating, on Hughes recovering, and on Burnet redeeming himself (no one in his right mind takes this bet). They’ve got a lineup that has often shown itself vulnerable to good playoff pitching, and one in which key players (ARod, Jeter) are older or, like Teixeira, in a two-year state of underachievement. But, like Albania during the Cold War, they Stand Firm with what they’ve got.

    What’ve they got? Manuelos and Betances are unproven commodities, and until Montero faces the league a couple of times everyone should be from Missouri about him.

    Earlier, someone said George wouldn’t have done this had he been alive. Someone then replied that George did some dumb things. Yes he did, and, as that poster noted, some good things too.

    Something fishy’s going on with the Yankees.

  12. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Lakers get CP3.

  13. CJ says:

    What if montero is like mike Piazza without the mustache. To find out, yanks can have a Home run derby in spring training, if montero stinks, he will be as good as piazza.

  14. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    Why not lock up Montero to a 14 year, 140 million dollah deal? Makes sense for all parties, especially before Montero evolves into Bonds/Pujols lite.

  15. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So Law thinks that Darvish will land with the Rangers…

    • Gonzo says:

      Maybe it’s because of Bobby V, but I think he lands with the Red Sox. That would suck.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        No…they’re already going to hit the lux tax just filling out their roster. I’m not sure they’ll even be willing to drop another 50 or so million on the posting fee.

        • Gonzo says:

          That’s part of the reason why I think they go for it, the threshold. Same as the Yankees. One year of pain before Papi some money comes off the books.

      • MannyGeee says:

        Didn’t stark say this same. Shit about Nakajima? Said Nakajima would hold out, play in Japan in 2012 and Bobby veeeeee will lure him to boston with his crazy Asian coaching ways….

  16. Charles says:

    I don’t see a need to go out and make a huge splash, we have a solid team that you can’t really improve much on. Just sign a few guys for the bench/bullpen and maybe trade for a Garza/#2 guy and call it an offseason.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Darvish is the splash, dump Burnett if they can and try to pick up Kuroda.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        If the Yankees dumped Burnett and picked up Darvish I would be fine in giving guys like Warren, Noesi, and even Phelps a shot at the rotation until Betances and Banuelos comes up. However, I think Noesi can be better than Nova.

    • Reggie C. says:

      You dont just say “maybe trade for a Garza” and dont consider it a splash.

      Garza would likely cost us BOTH Banuelos both Betances if Montero is truly off the table.

  17. Avi says:

    So Pujols at first, Kendrys Morales DH and Trumbo at 3B. Is that the plan?

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I don’t think they’re counting on Morales for much, besides I’m sure they’ll trade Trumbo for a position of need. There should be takers.

  18. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Cubs get Ian Stewart for DJ LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin. I recall seing LeMahieu at the CWS, he was quite the player there.

  19. Jamey says:

    Hoping for some YUle time joy with a nice Christmas present from the Yankees to the fans.

  20. CS Yankee says:

    No worries…they got time they haven’t even used yet.

    If CJ could of been had for 5/80…I understand being bummed. However, instead of blowing AJ money on a #2/3 lefty they have already proven they would prefer getting a co-Ace for 120-140M$ (or so).

    If Yu is that guy, maybe they could jump into the fire with a 60+M$ fee & a 10 year 60M$ contract? Plan B might be to throw the AAA boys against the MLB wall and see what sticks.

    • Fin says:

      I think plan A is to get Darvish. Plan B is to hope a Javier Vasquez type trade presents itself (though it didnt work out, I think it was a good, fair trade). Plan C is throw AAA guys at the wall and see what sticks.

    • MannyGeee says:

      10/60??? Think that gets er done? Word on the street is that Yu was making $10m per in Japan.

      Got to pay the man AJ money, or at least trump Dice K money. My bet is Something like 6/72.

  21. Ha says:

    Darvish asked 20M a year.

  22. Yada Yada Yadier Molina says:

    Just because I had nothing better to do than pore over #s and drink Guinness (not necessarily in that order), I decided to compare Phil Hughes’ career #s w/Clay Buccholz’s. The results were even closer than I anticipated:


    443.2 IP 421 hits 157 BB 370 K 36-23 W/L 1.30 WHIP 4.46 ERA


    447 IP 416 hits 185 BB 342 K 35-24 W/L 1.34 WHIP 3.64 ERA

  23. Yu aint Matsuzaka says:

    “Sponichi mentions that the New York Yankees offered Hiroki Kuroda an offer said to be worth around US$12M year”

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      Hiroyuki looks like he’s not likely to sign, they need a friend for Yu.

      • RISP FTW says:

        I’ll say what I said in the other thread, going after Kuroda is a bad sign for Darvish fans.

        You don’t pay 12M for a rotation pal, plus if NY got both Kuroda and Darvish that would mean they would have to send Hughes to the bullpen or AAA (which is unlikely because he’s actually only a coulpe years from FA, you might as well get as much value out of him as you can) and they would have to give AJ away which is something I think their hesitant to do.

        If NY signs Kuroda I would predict their out on Darvish, unless they really believe Hughes and AJ are both destined to be 5+ ERA pitchers again next year.

        I really want Darvish so I am gonna root against a Kuroda signing even though I prefer that to a multi year deal for anyone else on the MLB FA market.

        • Cy Pettitte says:

          Kuroda is probably a fall back as a stop gap to next offseason and their establishing interest in him. Really don’t know what could happen with Yu at this point. Rangers, Marlins, Nats, Sox, and Jays could all put in huge bids.

          • MannyGeee says:

            This. Cashman is hedging his bets. And just like we said 12 months ago, Kuroda is not the worst consolation prize on the market…

            • RISPFTW says:

              Completely agree, unless Kuroda signs with NY before the Darvish bidding is over. If that happens I don’t think the Yanks were hot for Darvish, don’t see them signing both was my point, but we’ll see.

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