Ken Rosenthal just tweeted something interesting:
Yankees livid with Mariners. Believed they
had deal, then M’s took it to Rangers saying put Smoak
in and Lee is yours . . . Rangers jumped. Adams’ ankle injury was excuse for M’s to
back out. “You just don’t do business that way,” one Yankee official
Look, you never know what goes down in a deal. I’m going to guess that when the Mariners are reached for comment on this they’ll tell a different story. Depending on how things really went down — the key factor is when, exactly, the M’s called the Rangers — this could be an example of sketchy dealing (i.e. the Mariners backing out of a done deal) or it could simply be some good tough work on the part of the M’s front office in playing the Yankees and the Rangers off one another.
I’ll offer this much, though: even if the M’s treated the Yankees poorly, the Yankees grousing about it to reporters seems beneath them. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Yankees have any number of more private ways to mess with the Mariners later if they feel they were wronged today.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.