As Day Two dawns in Indy
Who would have guessed the Washington Nationals would be the biggest players at the winter meetings? But sure enough, they pulled off the first trade and made the first multi-year signing of the meetings Monday.
Elsewhere, here are some of the developments that matter as we enter the meetings' second day:
*I wrote about the pervasive feeling that the mighty Yankees could launch a big play for Roy Halladay, and there are ongoing developments that could influence that dynamic.
First, the Yankees are negotiating with veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, and getting him signed would lessen the pressure on them to acquire another starter. (Still, I don't think a Pettitte signing would take them out of the Halladay sweepstakes.)
*The Atlanta Braves clearly miscalculated when they offered arbitration to right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano -- after they had already committed big bucks to Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito. They thought Soriano would turn down the offer and hit the free agent market; instead, he took it. And now... wow.
The Braves, with a payroll expected to be around $95 million, have about $18 million committed to three relievers.
All that talk about how the Braves were going to trade a starting pitcher to bolster their offense? Now, they might have to trade a starting pitcher just to pay for their bullpen.
*The Orioles could be getting closer to trading for Kevin Millwood, according to the Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck. The Orioles have amassed an impressive stockpile of young pitching, and they are wisely using that surplus to acquire the pieces they need. It would make sense if David Hernandez was part of the package that would go to Texas in the deal.
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