Gearing up for Wednesday at the Winter Meetings

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Each night the bar and lobby scene at the Winter Meetings lasts a bit longer, which in turn means that the morning starts a bit later. It takes a bit longer for the press room to fill up and the tweets to start flying. The line at Starbucks is deeper and deeper.  I bet I could make a killing selling the aspirin I have in my bag at inflated prices . .  .

Yesterday was dominated by the Curtis Granderson deal and the Peter Gammons news. Less noticed — because of the late hour and the lower star-power wattage — was Ross Gload signing with the Phillies.  Otherwise the day involved a couple of formalities and a lot of rumor mongering.

I’d expect the rumor mongering to continue today, as there is increasing speculation that Roy Halladay and Jason Bay could find themselves in new uniforms before we all leave Indianapolis.  I’m a little dubious — the Halladay thing is gonna take time — but that won’t stop the chatter. Our job?  To cut through the chatter as best as possible, putting lie to the baloney and getting there firstest with the mostest in terms of analysis.

As I said yesterday: refresh often, my friends.  

Marlins acquire Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Severino Gonzalez #52 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Pirates won 15-2. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders on the 40-man roster. The right-hander has had a rough go of it in 66 innings in the majors, owning a 6.68 ERA and a 62/14 K/BB ratio. That ratio shows there’s some potential there and the Marlins will have about five years to try and discover it.

Giants sign catcher Nick Hundley

DENVER, CO - JUNE 07:  Nick Hundley #4 of the Colorado Rockies takes an at bat against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on June 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley. It’s a major league deal worth $2 million.

Hundley, who is 33, but who seems like he’s been in the bigs for about 27 years, hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season. Obviously he will be the backup given the presence of Buster Posey.