GM Meetings Notes: Kelly Johnson, Carlos Zambrano

Here are some notes from the GM Meetings as team owners and presidents check in to Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel in anticipation of the quarterly Owners Meetings:

  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is strongly considering re-signing free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson“There’s a lot of scenarios and ways that we could go and bringing Kelly back is certainly one of them,” Anthopoulos said. He declined to comment on possible changes to the Elias rankings system, but it’s something the Blue Jays will monitor closely given the many ranked free agents they have this offseason. Johnson is a Type A free agent, but he may become a Type B under the upcoming CBA.
  • The Blue Jays would like to add starting pitching, but they don’t intend to force an acquisition, since they consider it more of a want than a need. “If we can get a front-to-mid-rotation starter, we’d love to do that,” Anthopoulos told MLBTR. “At the same time I think every team would tell you the same thing. Everyone’s going to look for that.”
  • Carlos Zambrano met with Cubs president Theo Epstein this week to discuss his future with the team. GM Jed Hoyer says the Cubs are still in the process of determining how the right-hander fits in to the 2012 plan. “He’s in very good shape,” Hoyer said. “He had a very good lunch with Theo the other day. He’s had some incidents here — we can’t ignore the past, but at the same time we talked about a lot of things we can do. It’s too early to make a decision, but so far it’s been positive.”

37 Responses to GM Meetings Notes: Kelly Johnson, Carlos Zambrano Leave a Reply

  1. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Dear Kelly Johnson,

    The St. Louis Cardinals would like to offer you a 2 year 10MM contract with a club option and a 300,000 incentive if you hit over .300 or 20+ homeruns.


    • Dear Cardinals,
          Meh. I am sure if I wait, I can find something better than that.


    • ubercubsfan 4 years ago

      Dear Cardinals,

      You aren’t satisfied with the awesome Ryan Theriot?  Please lock him up to a reasonable 20MM/5 year deal.

      -Cubs FO

      • Kendall Adkins 4 years ago

        Ryan Theriot is awesome as a platoon 2nd baseman. Not an everyday SS. 

        • ubercubsfan 4 years ago

          Sign him anyways!  The Cubs need any help they can get!!! lol

          • Kendall Adkins 4 years ago

            Be patient. Cubs could be extremely competitive sometime this century. 

          • ubercubsfan 4 years ago

            Unfortunately, people around the internet want the Cubs to be competitive every year.  I want them to actually step back, try to field a COMPETENT team for a change and hope for almost .500 while trying to build up the farm and then in 2015 Marlins and Rays contract to one team, stay in the AL, and change their name to Miami Gators.  This is what I’m being patient for. 

          • Kendall Adkins 4 years ago

            FINALLY!!! A smart Cubs fan. You guys have great young talent. Just give them a couple years to develop and maybe make a couple big signings down the road.

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        Dear ubercubsfan,

        6 years with the cubs 1 division title… 1 year with the Cardinals 1 Wild Card, 1 NLCS championship, and 1 WORLD SERIES.

        -R. Theriot

        • ubercubsfan 4 years ago

          Thank god he’s on the right side of the rivalry!  They do things right in St. Louis.  Now lock up Pujols to a 10 year deal and don’t forget Theriot! 

    •  Dear St. Louis Cardinas,

      Thank you for your first round pick in this years draft.


  2. cyberboo 4 years ago

    AA is probably very disappointed in the way major league baseball is quickly closing all his venues to make the team better, which also hurts other teams that were following the same plan.  He tries to obtain many draft picks, simple, eliminate type B compensation, making acquiring players useless.  He turns his attention to international free agency, simple, just put a hard cap and floor on international free agency.  Instead of signing many top-ranked international free agents, there could now be as many as ten teams offer the same player the same contract.  The player then has his choice which team he plays for, since he gets the same contract from all of them.  The rich teams just offer the highest contract possible, knowing it will eliminate many other teams from the list.  The players get maximum money, which makes the union happy, but it also means the same eight teams compete in October every year, since they are usually the highest payroll teams. 

    Just an example: If teams like Philly, Boston, the Angels, and Yankees offer Cespedes the max contract, with Toronto, Kansas City, Arizona, etc also offering the same contract, the player chooses one of Boston, Philly, or the Yankees 100% of the time, making them stronger every year, weakening everyone else.   Ratings are always high, because you have the same four teams playing the world series every year and money buys championships, which has been the outrage of fans for years.  The only way parity is obtained is to set the luxury tax on everything over 120M a season and raise the percentage to 50 %, so everyone can compete. New York would then face a 40M tax on its payroll every year. Boston, 35M, the Phillies, 25M, etc.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      2011: Cardinals/Rangers
      2010: Giants/Rangers
      2009: Phillies/Yankees
      2008: Phillies/Rays
      2007: Rockies/Red Sox
      2006: Cardinals/Tigers
      2005: Astros/White Sox
      2004: Cardinals/Red Sox
      2003: Marlins/Yankees
      2002: Giants/Angels
      2001: Diamondbacks/Yankees

      There’s only 2 instances a team repeated in a trip to the World Series (Phillies, Texas), so hardly the same four make the World Series. The best payroll, best team, whatever, have hardly won besides a few instances. The # of different teams that make the playoffs every year is also high.

      The main jist I got out of your post though was that you want to remove the player’s free will by having equal contracts to choose from?

      Does it suck that AA is losing ways to make his team better? yes, but there’s other ways to do it. He’s a smart enough guy to find a new road to travel in attempting to better the franchise.

      It’s not fair that guys like Josh Willingham have their market cut in half because they’re not worth a first round pick.

      • cyberboo 4 years ago

        The point I am making is it doesn’t mean anything right now, where different teams can make the world series. I am talking about the future, where teams become powerhouses that easily beat the competition, because the rules are now geared in their favour to field nothing but superstars at every position.  It may not appear for 2 – 3 – perhaps 5 years from now, but it will appear, where you have no one except the top four teams competing every year in October.  How does that benefit the league?  To penalize GM’s for being inventive to improve their teams, because the big kids just sign everyone they want is a blatant attempt to handicap small-market teams from ever competing, unless they raise payrolls into the 200M stratosphere too, which many markets can’t justify.  It is just greed, where the union wants everyone making 20M a year for 10 years, and who cares about the fans that are left holding the bag.

    • Kendall Adkins 4 years ago

      If teams are good at drafting and making good, cheap trades they can be competitive with only a few decent sized contracts. Like the Cardinals. Albert, Holliday, Berkman, Wainwright, and Carpenter all are paid well, but the rest of team is cheap and productive. So, instead of blaming the big market teams for stealing everyone, blame the small market fans for not supporting their teams. 

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      You know what’s funny? that people take offense to the “big market teams” who choose to pump money in their teams and be competitive, but don’t realize that the “small market teams” are just teams with owners who choose not to spend and pocket the revenue.

  3. drumzalicious 4 years ago

    Castro to the Braves???

  4. adammyst 4 years ago

    Do you think Zambrano felt obligated to order the Grilled Chicken?

  5. cubsfan97 4 years ago

    Theres gotta be a way to compensate teams losing a Type A without diminishing the players value. 

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      just give 2 supplementary picks. you still need a way to limit the # of type A signings for a single team, though

      • CombinePilot 4 years ago

        Hard Salary Cap!

      • $17867741 4 years ago

        Hi Frank,

        I like your suggestion with two supplementary picks.

        My suggestion for Type A free agency compensation, to forfeit the 2nd round pick + supplementary pick. That way teams can stop b*tching about about loosing their 1st round draft pick.

        And if a single team signs two Type A free agents, then that team looses it’s 2nd round & 3rd round draft pick, while also allowing the former teams to take their supplementary picks.

  6. lefty177 4 years ago

    “He had a very good lunch with Theo the other day”, oo! He ordered London Broil, Theo must really want to keep him!

  7. Tyler Jedrzejak 4 years ago

    that would be pretty beast

  8. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    meh, depends on the package.

  9. ctothed 4 years ago

    If Anthopoulos gets Matt Garza, your team will be unbelievably bad.

  10. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago


  11. ctothed 4 years ago

    Because, it would take a ridiculous amount to get the ONLY starter the Cubs have that is very good.  It would wipe the Blue Jays out to get him.

  12. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    What do you consider to be “wipe the Blue Jays out”?

  13. ctothed 4 years ago

    I’m guessing that Hoyer would ask for atleast Adeiny Hechevarria, Brett Lawrie, Kyle Drabek, and Travis d’Arnaud

  14. iorekk 4 years ago

    Thats more than they got for Halladay….

  15. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    yep…that would be a wipe-out….a lot more than what Jays received for Halladay.  Plus, Jays paid most of Halladay’s final year of his salary and Phillies did on condition of extending Halladay.

    Doubt Garza gets moved if Cubs believe he is worth significantly more than Halladay.

  16. ctothed 4 years ago

    The Blue Jays got a pitcher who went 12-4 and was still very young in JA Happ..  No one on the list I have up there ha proven anything yet, plus Garza is still under contract for at least a couple of years and only will only make what he gets in arbatration.  He is definitely a #2 if not a #1 AND he knows the AL east already.

  17. Is it a myth that the Yankees and Red Sox are title contenders EVERY year?  They spend the most and are nearly guaranteed to win 90 games a year as a result.  This may not always be enough to make the playoffs or win the WS, but 90 wins opens a lot of opportunities.

  18. cole 4 years ago

    You’re hilarious and lost. The Blue Jays never received Happ in the Halladay deal. They got D’Arnaud, Drabek and Wallace. They then shipped Wallace for Gose. So be it fair or not for Hoyer to ask for more than the Jays received for Halladay, by including Hechavarria and Lawrie, if he asked for even one of Lawrie or D’Arnaud in some sort of package deal, he would receive a resounding “no.”

    The Cubs know they have to reshape their organization and you’re be more likely to see arms like Noah Syndergaard, Drew Hutchinson or Nestor Molina on the way out, along with Eric Thames or Travis Snider. Lawrie and D’Arnaud have built up tremendously positive trade value to the point where Lawrie/Garza straight up is out of the question, and D’Arnaud/Garza straight up probably is too, let alone combined with two other fringe top-100 prospects.

  19. Howard 4 years ago

     JA Happ went to Houston, noob.

  20. cole 4 years ago

    Ah, I forgot about Taylor/Wallace swap. Silly me.

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