A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR the last seven days:
- On Wednesday, MLBTR sat down with Johnny Cueto’s agent for an exclusive interview at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. In the chat, Bryce Dixon made the case for Cueto as a strong fit for the Cardinals and also touched on his client’s involvement in a 2010 brawl against St. Louis. “I can’t speak to how the Cardinals feel. ..Obviously [Johnny] regrets how the fight went down,” Dixon said. “He’s expressed regret over it in the past. He loves pitching in the NL Central. He’s the best pitcher of our era in the NL Central. It would be a good marriage [between] Johnny and the Cardinals. I think once the fans got past the fight and they saw what a gamer Johnny is and what he could bring to the team, I think they would be able to embrace him now, though I don’t think that they’ll do that overnight.”
- Giants GM Bobby Evans also sat down with MLBTR for a one-on-one chat. Evans discussed his pursuit of a left fielder and explained that there is still significant spending room to work with, even after the addition of Jeff Samardzija. “There’s flexibility, yes,” Evans told MLBTR. “I think [last year] we didn’t go as far on multi-year deals and we did shorter term deals. It does give you some flexibility this time around.”
- MLBTR’s Jeff Todd profiled slugger Yoenis Cespedes as he searches for his big payday.
- On the most recent edition of the MLBTR podcast, I joined Jeff to discuss all of the happenings from the Winter Meetings. A new episode of the MLB Trade Rumors Podcast is released every Thursday and can be accessed on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher.
- Joe Torre spoke to reporters in Nashville about the Aroldis Chapman situation.
- MLBTR learned that the Mets and Diamondbacks were among the teams with interest in Joakim Soria before he signed with the Royals.
- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew interest from six or seven teams before landing with the Tigers, a source told MLBTR.
- MLBTR was on hand for Scott Boras’ annual address to the media at the Winter Meetings.