What a whirlwind the Winter Meetings turned out to be, huh? Five days of virtual meetings that resulted in virtually no activity. Of course it is kind of hard for teams to move forward when they don’t even know how to construct their rosters in 2021.
One of the more notable moves of the Winter Meetings was the Angels acquiring Raisel Iglesias from the Reds. Yesterday we learned Leo Rivas will be the player to be named later headed to Cincy. We also learned Cincy will be sending $900,000 the Angels way, which likely covers another bullpen arm in this market.
Expect activity on all levels to step up as Dave “Win Now” Dombrowski steps to the helm of the Fightin’ Phils. These guys should start packing bags.
He’ll be leaving a group including Justin Timberlake and Hootie, err Darius Rucker, who are pushing to get an MLB team in Nashville. The team, if it comes to fruition, will be named in honor of a Negro League team.
Raise your hand if you saw James McCann as the name we’d be discussing and pursing this offseason. Apparently the Mets are on the five yard line with him but our Angels are fighting hard for his services.
What puzzles me is why the dogfight for McCann when this guy is available for a fraction of the price. One thing that doesn’t puzzle me is that JT Realmuto’s market seemed to be the Mets or the Mets and this could be a great way of NY getting him to cave.
As usual, the Meetings wrapped up with the Rule V draft. The Angels lost a prospect who is likely two plus years away and added a potential bullpen piece for 2021. Swapped one Jose for another.
Minasian is impressed with Jose Rivera’s combination of velocity and control and stated the kid is playing for a job in Spring Training. Hard not to be impressed by 102 MPH fastball. Good luck Jose
If the GM’s are doing baseball stuff on their phones, so can we. I love looking at ballparks old and new and igballparks is a personal favorite. I also love minor league baseball and laughing, and Minor League Grinders is all about both.
And to note I’m going to take over the weekend links for the foreseeable future. About time I start pulling my weight around here.