2014 MLB Winter Meetings Day One Recap: Small Potatoes


As per usual, the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings was relatively quiet. A lot of speculation, a lot of whispers, a lot of hearsay. But very little action- at least for the Mariners. Things look to be a bit more promising today in day two as we should find out which team that Jon Lester will play for next season…..and presumably five or six seasons after that.

So that will be an interesting moment. Once Lester signs, things should really start moving in San Diego.

A few moves that were made surrounded the Windy City. Jason Hammel agreed to a 2-year deal back with the Chicago Cubs for $20 million with a $10 million option for 2017.

The Chicago White Sox signed closer David Robertson to a 4-year, $46 million deal. The Sox also traded Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt and an unknown third player to the Oakland A’s for Jeff Samardzija.

Another move that took place involved Billy Beane, sending Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle. Insert laugh track here.

It kind of makes you wonder though, how much Beane would ask for Reddick. If Melky Cabrera signs elsewhere, I wonder if the M’s would entertain the idea of trading for Reddick. Just a thought.

Speaking of Cabrera, that is still out there. Reports are coming in that he no longer cares about staying on the east coast and is quite open to a west coast team.

The Mariners are thought of as the favorite, but no deal is imminent and the team continues to exhaust all options. That’s what the Winter Meetings are for, looking at all available options.

Finally, the Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era committee pitched a shutout today, voting no one in out of the list of 10 candidates. Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each received 11 of the required 12 votes. Jim Kaat reveived 10.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on all the latest and greatest from the Winter Meetings in San Diego, as the Mariners look to make some noise in Day Two. Be sure to stay up to date with the free agent tracker as well.

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