Winter Meetings In Review

MLBTR's 24-hour coverage of the the Winter Meetings has come to an end, as most team executives, agents, and reporters catch flights out of Dallas. With the week's action winding down, it's time for a recap of the major moves and rumors from the meetings:


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fitz
3 years 8 months ago

Pujols is a heart breaker. CP3 and Albert both moving to SoCal and instantly becoming loathed. Screw them both.

Matt Ditmars
3 years 8 months ago

Loathed? No…The red sox are loathed. Pujols is one of the most respected players ever.

fitz
3 years 8 months ago

Not anymore…

3 years 8 months ago

Why? Because he left for a team he’d rather play for? I know your Sox had a hard year, but you don’t have to hate everyone for it. What would you say if Pujols came to the Red Sox? OHHH MA GAWD HES THE BEST EVAR!!!

fitz
3 years 8 months ago

Hardly…if Pujols came to the Sox I would worry about the state of baseball as a whole. The parity in the game is already skewed enough without Pujols on the Red Sox. Pujols just showed how evident it is that there is no loyalty left in sports and it’s all about $$.

3 years 8 months ago

Or maybe that he should play where he wants to play? Why should there be loyalty? It’s his decision. You think he should have taken 50m less to play on a team that will be worse than the Angels in three years?

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

I have no problem with what you said.  But, why do you think the Angels will be better than the Cards in three years?

3 years 8 months ago

i dont think they will, because their talking about trading morales AND Trumbo….i dont understand why they went after pujols, Trumbo had a great year as a rookie. hell he was even a ROY finalist. and even wilson wasn weird. their rotation was fine, they didnt even give chatwood a chance. its going to hurt the angels in the long run especialy when they try to trade pujols in 4 or 5 years.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

because Trumbo is not Pujols lol. also, don’t forget about the no-trade clause.

3 years 8 months ago

no trumbo isnt but at the same time he is younger and cheaper and still has 30 HR’s in a season in him. still enough production.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

yeah, and a sub .300 OBP. it’s production sure, but pedestrian in quality compared to Pujols. Can you honestly tell me you wouldn’t take Pujols over Trumbo any day?

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

lol trumbo is so overrated

PWNdroia
3 years 8 months ago

Pujols is still one of the best hitters in the game, and CJ wanted to pitch for LA close to his home, and adding another arm just makes that rotation so much deeper.  The Angels like to spend money.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

joe mauer, ryan braun, troy tulowitzki, and jered weaver would all beg to differ, among others.

Liam_Ho
3 years 8 months ago

The first three guys you listed are being paid very very well. In fact the overall total is around $150 million for each one of those guys. They would’ve gotten the same price if not lower on the open market. Weaver took less money but its nothing to scoff at.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

they’re being paid well, but they were also all below market deals. except maybe mauer, that was fair market but there’s no doubt if it were FA some team would have tried to throw even more at him.

PWNdroia
3 years 8 months ago

Reports are that the Marlins gave him more money, without a trade clause.  So I don’t think money was the only issue.  I think it was money and security with a team that has a chance to win several times.

The_Old_Perfessor
3 years 8 months ago

Respected? After he complained about not winning the MVP when Ryan Howard got his? And now after the Cards offered a 10 year deal? He is a jerk! And this will go down as one of the worst signings ever for a baseball team. Especially once they test him for HGH.

lefty177
3 years 8 months ago

wow, have you heard they already test him for HGH & they never found it in him 1 time?

The_Old_Perfessor
3 years 8 months ago

No I have not heard, and in fact I believe you are wrong. HGH testing has not been performed in MLB, and has just been added last month when the new CBA was just agreed to. So unless he did it on his own with a blood test, you are mistaken. Yahoo search on Pujols and HGH test also does not back you up. So unless you can provide a source for your fantasy testing, I think are either misinformed or lying to stick up for this punk.

lefty177
3 years 8 months ago

wow, have you heard they already test him for HGH & they never found it in him 1 time?

Wainwrights_Curveball
3 years 8 months ago

Pujols is definitely loathed. If the Angels ever come to town against the Cardinals, you can bet he’ll be booed.

3 years 8 months ago

It’s okay. He only gave them two rings, 3 MVPs, and 11 great seasons. He sucked with the Cards anyway. What do the fans owe him?

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

Forgot he didn’t get paid for all that…………

3 years 8 months ago

Much less than for what he was worth.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Stay classy card fans.

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

Awesome 24 hour coverage from the entire MLBTR team. Thank you!!

3 years 8 months ago

Loved it! So many posts… It was great.

Cosmo3
3 years 8 months ago

Here here! Thank you guys for bringing us this quality site. You’re my one-stop shop for anything baseball related! 

Cosmo3
3 years 8 months ago

Here here! Thank you guys for bringing us this quality site. You’re my one-stop shop for anything baseball related! 

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

much agreed!!!

vincentjulian
3 years 8 months ago

Gotta love the baseball offseason!

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 8 months ago

Do you think Pujols would waive the no trade clause to go back to STL if the Angels ate $50 million of the contract?

3 years 8 months ago

Interesting question… It could be me, but I think signing with an AL team – giving him the ability to DH was a big factor to Pujols… seems like if it was ONLY about the money, he would have become a Marlin.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 8 months ago

Honestly I’m not sure what the major factor was but I’m betting the no-trade clause, the ability to control his location was a big factor. But I certainly think he has to realize that guys like him aren’t typically playing first in their late 30s. Being a DH could potential extend his career.

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 8 months ago

It was a joke because they’re going to regret the contract almost immediately.

Hermie13
3 years 8 months ago

Correct me if I’m wrong…but isn’t Manny Ramirez’s suspension 100 games this time, not just 50?

lefty177
3 years 8 months ago

It was supposed to be but he supposedly served 50 games of it last season before he filed for retirement

Chuck345
3 years 8 months ago

Was it maternity leave?

The_Old_Perfessor
3 years 8 months ago

Wrong still!

3 years 8 months ago

When does the new CBA kick in and HGH testing go into full effect? I dont care about the fans of pujols but he needs to be tested. i think every ball player should have to submit a test right before the season starts, at all-star break and right after the season. lets see how many players fail it. bet you pujols is one of them. he has not been tested and with his reaction to the accusation, i would test him anyway.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

want him to supply you his birth certificate along with that blood sample?

Onetimeaccount
3 years 8 months ago

No 13th rounder should hit that good AMIRITE!?

Chioakcisco
3 years 8 months ago

A’s and Mariners fans are currently on suicide watch.

Smitty
3 years 8 months ago

I’m so tired of this sour grapes junk. Puhols signed with the Angels. Stop hating. You guys should just remember all the outstanding things he did in the Cardinals uni. Quit crying about it. Before he left StL he was the cleanest player in the game. Now he needs to be tested? And all this time I thought StL. Had the greatest baseball fans…not whiners. Aargh!!!

AP Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

You forgot to mention Heath Bell signing with the Marlins as well. The Marlins went out and got the best available shortstop, starting pitcher and closer all while the SEC is investigating the entire franchise and ownership’s ability to build a new stadium a new stadium in Little Havana, just outside of Miami

chee1rs
3 years 8 months ago

best time of year

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

I believe he will be cheered but people need to get something straight. Albert far exceeded the expectations of his contract but it was not a huge hometown discount everyone makes it out to be. He had just 3 years of service, hadn’t even gone to arbitration yet, and the Cardinals gave him $111MM over 8 years.

The Cardinals took a big risk and were rewarded. This deal could of just as easily turned out really bad.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

trade fell through!

Chuck345
3 years 8 months ago

Trade can’t happen. Where are they going to find the 10,000 fans?

Chuck345
3 years 8 months ago

My mistake, you meant Yankees fans, gotcha. In that case, trade still can’t happen. It would be vetoed by David Stern.

Chuck345
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not a Laker’s fan by any means but this seems like a BS move by the NBA. It’s not like the Hornets are really suffering with that deal anyway. Miami has 3 superstars but Stern prevents the Lakers from adding 1 superstar for the cost of 2 solid players. Anyways, this is a MLB site so I’ll stop with this.