Wednesday, December 11, 2013


By Michael Wong

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.--Things have certainly been much more quieter than expected at the Winter Meetings as the remaining free agents are not proving to be easy negotiators.

-Once and for all Cincinnati Reds ace SP Homer Bailey is not available.  I spoke directly to a team official who told me emphatically that Bailey is not going anywhere.

Meanwhile there has continued to be conflicting reports about Detroit Tigers Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.  With the Tigers already having invested a ton in Justin Verlander, it would make sense to see what they could get from the fireballing Scherzer who privately worries the front office due to his wonky delivery.

-John Axford was at times brutal last season as he lost his closer job with the Milwaukee Brewers and than found himself exiled to the St. Louis Cardinals.  It appears as though his strong finish with the Cards has spiked the interest meter in Axford as a closer again, with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians showing interest.

-David Price's agent said he wouldn't sign an extension with the Seattle Mariners if he gets traded there.  That should give the Mariners front office pause since they will likely have to surrender prized pitching prospect Tajuan Wagner. 

-Johan Santana has gotten a lot of interest, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and New York Mets the most involved.  Santana is coming back from the dreaded capsule surgery that ruined the career of Chien-Ming Wang.

-Delmon Young could find a home with the Miami Marlins.  The Marlins continue with their dumpster diving.

-Despite just trading for Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels are talking with Matt Garza.

-One thing that is noticeable down here is the slow market so far for the number 2-3 starters such as Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, and Bronson Arroyo.

-A lot of teams are intrigued by the power of Logan Morrison which is why his market is so robust for a guy who hasn't done much but use Twitter the last season-plus.  The sweepstakes with Morrison has also kept the New York Mets from getting the highest price for 1B Ike Davis.

-The Reds are annoying teams with their flip-flopping on whether or not they will trade second baseman Brandon Phillips.

-Bartolo Colon wants a two-year deal.

-Mark Reynolds is being pursued quietly by the Tampa Bay Rays who love veterans who seem washed up.

More later.


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