Is the hot stove hot? Let’s see here, yes, it looks like the stove is simmering a bit.
Today marks the first full day of baseball’s Winter Meetings, that wonderful annual gathering in which baseball executives text each other trade proposals in closer physical proximity to one another than is usually the case while baseball writers repeatedly get drunk at the same hotel bar. This special event comes…
Baseball’s hot stove is preheating, but nothing major can really get cooking until the winter’s two big deals get done. The first, Japanese import Shohei Ohtani, appears to have no timeline. But the second, the expected trade of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, sounds like it’s gathering momentum.
It is now almost December, and baseball’s hot stove remains distinctly not hot. A bunch of guys are in the kitchen talking about lighting the stove and filling out questionnaires for the chance to set everything on fire, but the stove itself? Not hot. (The main stove, that is. The little campfire stove that Mariners…
Justin Verlander’s contract is so big that the Tigers had no fear any other team would want it. After the traditional trade deadline passed at the end of July, Verlander and the $28 million he’s owed in each of the next two years easily cleared revocable waivers, making the 34-year-old Tiger still eligible to leave…
The baseball trade deadline has come and gone and the Astros find themselves taking pretty much the same team down the stretch that they started the season with, having added only Francisco Liriano along the way. This inaction earned them a spot on several “trade deadline losers” lists, and the disapproval of ace…
Just when baseball’s deadline day looked to be a lot of hype with little payoff, we got an after-the-buzzer Rose-bomb:
It’s trade deadline day, and the stove is simmering.
The Rays and Mariners made a weird trade this morning, completing an exchange of right-handed relievers that they seem to think will help them both capture the playoff spot for which they are directly competing. The Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez back to Seattle and will get Steve Cishek in return.
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is feeling bullish about his team, judging by the medium-interesting trade he made today for reliever David Phelps, which will send four low-ranked prospects to Miami.
There might be a gas outage in Pittsburgh this week because the stove, my friends, appears to have gone freezing cold for Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates.
From multiple media reports, the Nationals appear to be the team most likely to land White Sox ace Chris Sale in a trade this offseason—possibly as soon as this week’s Winter Meetings. The only thing that might scuttle the deal? If the Nats get Andrew McCutchen instead.
Rich Hill will be returning to L.A. in 2017 after signing a three-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers on the first day of the Winter Meetings. Amidst a weak free agent class, Hill’s 2.12 ERA in just over 110 innings split between Oakland and L.A. last season made him one of the shiniest pieces up for grabs.
Good news, friends: The Thanksgiving holiday brought us not just a bounty of meats, side dishes, and familial bonding, but also mildly interesting baseball transactions that could have anywhere from no to some impact on the upcoming season of “America’s pastime.”
Folks, the Hot Stove is as cold as a popsicle being licked by Dick Cheney. There has been minimal baseball news to speak of this week, with the exception of one team. You heard about these Astros?
Welcome to our first Hot Stove in Trump’s America, where, unlike the rest of Trump’s America, the men getting rich will actually deserve it.