Winter Meetings: Wednesday-Thursday Recap

So much ongoing at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego. Let’s try to hit it.


First off, a report on the baseballs in play was done. Jeff Passan says that the professors findings were inconclusive. Basically, not a ton is discovered and the professors provided ways to keep the ball in the park. Still, baseball did it’s due diligence to find out what was up with the booming home run totals.

Second piece of big news was baseball removing Marijuana from the banned substances list. Obviously this was a nod to the Tyler Skaggs death.

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto added Tanner Roark who definitely fits the mold of the innings-eater that they so desired. It’s weird, I have had Wade Miley pictured in my head, but they went with Roark. He’s a work horse, and didn’t do great in Cincinnati. Toronto’s Rogers Centre is a park that plays similarly, and he will probably perform with similar results. Needless to say, the Blue Jays didn’t come away with anything major this off-season.

Equally important, I think Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to land with the Blue Jays when the dust settles. I think he will get the big overpay, and I think these things have been lining up for a while. Big swerve coming for anyone who thinks Ryu will land back in Los Angeles.

Check out the skinny from Jon Morosi.

Los Angeles Angels

Finally, Mike Trout has his sidekick. Anthony Rendon signs a seven-year, $245 million dollar deal to go play in Anaheim. I’m happy for the Angels, for Trout, and I admire their determination.

This twitter video from Trea Turner came out not long after.

Next came the report from….

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers didn’t even offer a contract to Rendon. Obviously this is one of the more odd stories in recent years, due to the fact that Justin Turner has been talking about a position change since October. Then the Dodgers say he didn’t want to play in Los Angeles, according to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times. Then Rendon signed to play with the Angels. None of it makes sense.

I saw this segment today while doing some writing about the Dodgers on MLB Network. It’s David Vassegh who covers the team for Los Angeles radio. This is about the Francisco Lindor trade from the Cleveland Indians.

Also, the Dodgers are in on Madison Bumgarner. That interest is mutual on both sides. This probably happens, and the Dodgers at best will end up with Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, and already signed Blake Treinen. They’re also rumored to be pretty serious about Dellin Betances which I think could be a potentially good move.