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.
News: MLB released its study looking into whether the baseballs were juiced in 2019, and the professors running it believe a record number of HR were hit due in part to inconsistent seams on the ball — and perhaps players embracing launch angle. Story: https://t.co/EOmfwNienL
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
Second piece of big news was baseball removing Marijuana from the banned substances list. Obviously this was a nod to the Tyler Skaggs death.
BREAKING: Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine. Only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline.
Marijuana will also be removed from MLB's list of 'drugs of abuse'https://t.co/Sz5ROEBtx2
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) December 12, 2019
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.
#Bluejays reel in one of their free agent targets. Roark (pronounced roe-ARK) spent six years with WSH before splitting 2019 with CIN and OAK. Has made at least 30 starts 5 of the last 6 seasons, with an overall 113 ERA+ and 1.237 WHIP. https://t.co/Y5sXfhVC88
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) December 11, 2019
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.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2019
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.
Anthony Rendon got seven years and $245 million from the Angels, source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2019
This twitter video from Trea Turner came out not long after.
— Trea Turner (@treavturner) December 12, 2019
Next came the report from….
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.
The Dodgers didn’t make Anthony Rendon an offer, per sources. Their sense was he didn’t want to play in LA. Orange County apparently was a different story.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 12, 2019
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.
“There have been different versions of the trade discussed that would include Lindor & not Corey Kluber but Mike Clevinger.”
–@THEREAL_DV on Lindor to LAD trade
— Audel Del Toro (@AudelDelToro) December 12, 2019
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.
This Madison Bumgarner to the Dodgers thing is getting more likely by the minute. https://t.co/Cv9A4jIFuX
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 13, 2019