Morosi’s Winter Meetings Preview

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports covers some of the major headlines that we'll be seeing over the next four days during baseball's Winter Meetings. Here's a late night look at the highlights:

  • Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are still the headliners, and Morosi thinks that Pujols will sign first (although not necessarily this week). Once Pujols signs — Morosi predicts he'll remain in St. Louis — it's possible that his the increased number of suitors for Fielder will land him more money than Pujols. Fielder, of course, is also four years younger than Pujols.
  • Fielder prefers teams east of the Mississippi River and teams that can win the World Series in the near future. The list of known interested parties includes the BrewersMariners, Cubs, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Nationals. Seattle's rebuilding status and geographic location may remove them from the mix, while the uncertainty around how much Chicago's new front office is willing to spend may remove them as well.
  • Morosi doesn't think Angels GM Jerry Dipoto would've moved Tyler Chatwood without knowing the acquisition of another starting pitcher was close at hand.
  • The Twins remain interested in Edwin Jackson, according to Morosi's sources, but the Scott Boras client isn't likely to sign before fellow free agents C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle.
  • The availability of Andrew Bailey, Huston Street, and Brandon League slows down the market for free agent closers, and Morosi speculates that a few wise teams in search of closers will be able to wait out veteran bargains as potential closing gigs dwindle.
  • The Yankees, Tigers, Marlins, and Nationals have been the most active in scouting Yoenis Cespedes. While he's not a free agent yet, his market will be dictated by whether or not teams like Miami and Washington land their other targets at the Winter Meetings and in the coming weeks. Detroit would be most interested if they decide that Cespedes can bat leadoff for them right away.
  • Robert Whiting, an expert on Japanese baseball, told Morosi over the weekend that there's still no word on whether or not Yu Darvish will be posted.
  • Whiting told Morosi that Darvish became disillusioned with the posting process, partly because of the failure of Hisashi Iwakuma and the A's to work out a deal last year. He is also wary of the struggles and ridicule that other NPB stars have incurred in their transition to MLB, Whiting told Morosi.


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31 Comments on "Morosi’s Winter Meetings Preview"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Darvish is full of it.

The posting system is his best option if he wants to get paid. He’s just trying to drive up his asking price.

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MrBaseball29
3 years 7 months ago

It’s a tough decision your talking about a guy who has lived in another country his whole life and is their version of Elvis

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yankeeaddiction
3 years 7 months ago

The posting fee is paid to his team and he does not see one cent of it-how is this driving up his price?  It is designed to compensate the team for the loss of the player.  Baseball is different in Japan and players become associated with teams and the loss of a player like Darvish or Matsui hurts them economically and the posting system is designed to compensate the team.

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crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

If Dipoto thinks that Brad Mills is a big league starting pitcher than I feel sorry for you Angel fans.

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ArchAngel_7
3 years 7 months ago

No one here thinks he is a major leaguer. Mathis just had to go. Once you see him bat in a few games you will see why

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crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

Toronto didn’t get him for his bat.  Everyone knows he can’t hit a beach ball to save his life.  But the Blue Jays needed a solid defensive backup catcher that can mentor Arencibia and understands pitchers.  And seeing that Mills was going to end up on waivers anyways, it turns out to be a solid acquisition.  Btw, how’s Wells doing for you guys 😉

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WasianCU
3 years 7 months ago

Not great…how’s it feel to not see the post season in nearly two decades?

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GMwannabe
3 years 7 months ago

LAA would be in the same boat if they and Toronto were able to swap divisions.. give your head a shake

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Ta-Kuan Fuan
3 years 7 months ago

How do you figure? We’re the only team to have a winning record against the Yankees since 2000 (which only helps since head-to-head games would increase from 6/yr to 18/yr). If anything, we’d be in the thick of the race throughout the mid-late 00’s.

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$1529282
3 years 7 months ago

Pretty sure Morosi wasn’t referring to Mills.

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BD
3 years 7 months ago

On Fielder- aren’t the Rangers west of the Mississippi??

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Esteban Castellanos
3 years 7 months ago

the list he put is Teams that are interested, not the teams on Fielder’s list

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Jim McGrath
3 years 7 months ago

If, if the Red Sox made Ellsbury available during the Winter Meetings what kind of return could they expect?
Granted he’s two seasons away from FA but would you think:
Detroit—Jackson and Fister or Pauley?
Whichever team loses Prince or Albert may need production replacement and a name?
The Mets a player and a pitcher?
Or a boatload of prospects? some names?

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GMwannabe
3 years 7 months ago

did i read this right? Are you saying Boston would consider moving Ellsbury for Austin jackson and Doug Fister??

Please tell me i am misreading this

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Jim McGrath
3 years 7 months ago

Yes “GM wannabe” I am willing to be taken advantage of if you respond early enough at the meetings. I’m not after Verlander, I’m not after anyone—maybe with the exception of adding David Pauley to make it a threesome. I mean this would practically give you the Central to go with a middle of the lineup featuring Ells, Young, Cabrerra and VMart.

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yankeeaddiction
3 years 7 months ago

Ellsbury is one of the best players in baseball, he is very young and plays for a very wealthy team.  Look at the Redsox other outfielders and explain why they would consider trading one of the best players in baseball, in his prime, when they can afford to resign him when he is a free agent.

When did the Redsox go into a rebuilding mode to where they would trade their best young player for unproven prospects.  If you think Jackson and Fister is an adequate return you are really not seeing reality.  Just what pitcher would the Mets have.  In your world are the Tigers and Giants shopping Verlander and Lincecum for bullpen and bench help?

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Jim McGrath
3 years 7 months ago

Brandon League might be a closer candidate for the Red Sox having pitched in the AL East or as a set-up guy for Bard, Aceves or Jenks. With only one year left til FA he may be a good buy.