OXON HILL, MD — The 2016 Winter Meetings are over. As usual, there was still no shortage of excitement this year. More trades than we’ve seen in the past even if there are still a lot of free agents on the market. Whatever the case, it should make the rest of December a bit less sleepy than it normally is.
Let’s look back at what went down here at National Harbor this week:
- Bud Selig was elected to the Hall of Fame. In our view, his induction is a disgrace. As is his continued lying about what he knew and when he knew it about steroids.
- Aroldis Chapman signed a monster deal, though it’s questionable whether it was a good deal.
- The Nationals acquired Adam Eaton from the White Sox. It was definitely a good deal. For the White Sox.
- Bryce Harper reportedly wants the biggest deal in baseball history.
- Chris Sale was sold to the Red Sox for a major, major return.
- Rays manager Kevin Cash was a real cut-up when it came to Sale landing on a division rival.
- The Red Sox got Mitch Moreland too.
- Oh, and Tyler Thronburg.
- No one wants to sign Edwin Encarnacion, it seems.
- The Rockies gave up a lot of money and a top pick for Ian Desmond for some reason.
- The Royals 2014-15 run seems miles away now that they’re unloading its heroes.
- The Dodgers made Rich Hill rich.
- The Marlins signed A.J. Ellis. No word on whether he will receive the outsized level of attention in Miami that he got in L.A.
- The Mariners landed a starter from the Giants.
- The Jays landed Steve Pearce.
- The Yankees take a Holliday.
- The late Bill King, who called A’s games for a quarter century, won the Frick Award
- The still present Claire Smith became the first woman to win the Spink Award.
- The Marlins locked up Locke.
- MLB showed playoff teams the money.
- MLB is depriving players of meal money.
- MLB is depriving international free agents of a lot of money.
- MiLB is going to work hard to continue to deprive minor leaguers money.
- No one is going to be showing Shoehi the money.
- Under Armour showed MLB the money and now MLB will show the Under Armour logo on the front of every uniform.
- You had better show the Cubs a lot of money if you want to buy tickets to their games next year.
- Carlos Gomez is staying in Texas.
- Wilson Ramos will recover from knee surgery in Tampa Bay.
- A man whose Twitter handle brags that he can only throw 88 m.p.h. is now a pitching strategist.
- Pablo Sandoval is in The Best Shape of His Life.
- Tim Tebow will likely play in big league spring training games.
- Hall of Fame ballots will be public next year.
- The Yankees will show Derek Jeter some RE2PECT next May.
- Moises Alou simply won’t leave Steve Bartman alone.
- Jung Ho Kang has a serious alcohol problem, it seems.
- Jeff Mathis is going to play forever.
- Jimmy Rollins wants to play for at least another season.
- John Farrell will manage the Red Sox for at least another two seasons.
- Thirty big leaguers committed to the World Baseball Classic.
- And, finally, for the fourth straight year, we told you which managers lead the league in raw, unadulterated beefcake.
Well, that certainly was a lot! I hope our coverage was useful for you as baseball buzzed through its most frantic week of the offseason. And I hope you continue coming back here to keep abreast of everything happening in Major League Baseball.
Now, get me to an airport and back home.
OXON HILL, MD — The Rule 5 Draft just went down here at National Harbor. As always, it was the last event of the Winter Meetings. As usual, you likely don’t know most of the players selected in the Draft, even if a couple may make a splash one day in the future.
In all, 18 players were taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5. Here they are, with the name of the team which selected them:
1. Twins: Miguel Diaz, RHP, Brewers
2. Reds: Luis Torrens, C, Yankees
3. Padres: Allen Cordoba, SS, Cardinals
4. Rays: Kevin Gadea, Mariners
5. Braves: Armando Rivero, RHP, Cubs
6. D-backs: Tyler Jones, RHP, Yankees
7. Brewers: Caleb Smith, LHP, Yankees
8. Angels Justin Haley,RHP, Red Sox
9. White Sox: Dylan Covey, RHP, A’s
10. Pirates: Tyler Webb, LHP, Yankees
11. Tigers: Daniel Stumpf, LHP, Royals
12. Orioles: Aneury Tavarez, 2B, Red Sox
13. Blue Jays: Glenn Sparkman, RHP, Royals
14. Red Sox: Josh Rutledge, INF, Rockies
15. Indians: Holby Miller, LHP, Phillies
16. Rangers: Michael Hauschild, RHP, Astros
17. Reds: Stuart Turner, C, Twins
18. Orioles: Anthony Santander, OF, Indians
For a breakdown of most of these guys and their big league prospects, check this story out at Baseball America. Like I said, you don’t know most of these guys. And, while there have been some notable exceptions in Rule 5 Draft history, most won’t make a splash in the big leagues.
Each player cost their selecting team $100,000. Each player must remain on the 25-man roster of his new club for the entire season or, at the very least, on the disabled list. If he is removed from the 25-man, the team which selected him has to offer him back to his old team for a nominal fee. Sort of like a stocking fee when you return a mattress or something. Many of these guys, of course, will not be returned and, instead, will be stashed on the DL with phantom injuries.
Aren’t transactions grand?