These past few days in San Diego were borderline crazy. The Dodgers turned over a huge portion of their roster. The Cubs and White Sox made all kinds of noise. The Phillies finally began their tear-down and, perhaps, their rebuild. The Tigers and Red Sox shuffled and reloaded. The Yankees acted like some small market team. The Marlins and Reds, well, we’re not entirely sure what they did. It’s almost too much to keep track of.
But that’s why HardballTalk is here, dear readers. Below are links to the highlights of these few days in December when the past season was put in the rear view mirror for good and the foundations for the next season were laid:
The next biggest: Matt Kemp was traded by the Dodgers to the Padres.
But that’s not all! The White Sox also traded for Jeff Samardzija.
The end of an era in Philly: Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Dodgers.
The Tigers then traded for the Reds’ Alfredo Simon to replace Porcello in the rotation.
The Reds then traded another starter, Mat Latos, to Miami. Who’s gonna pitch in Cincinnati, you guys?
Oh, and the Dodgers didn’t really want Heaney anyway: they flipped him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick a few hours later. Heaney nonetheless looked back fondly on his many, many minutes as a Los Angeles Dodger.
The Cubs re-signed Jason Hammel, showing that you can go home again. They also traded for Dbacks catcher Miguel Montero.
The Veteran’s Committee had ONE job — to induct someone to the Hall of Fame — and it failed to do so.
The Rays reached an agreement allowing them to look for a new stadium. And, if they don’t get a new stadium, they’ll probably be sold and moved.
We learned that Madison Bumgarner once dated someone named Madison Bumgarner.
The Rockies sent infielder Josh Rutledge to the Angels for a good relief pitcher.
The Cardinals got Mark Reynolds for some reason.
Finally, I ranked all 30 major league managers by handsomeness again. Because that’s what’s really important.
I think we all need a breather now. Baseball can stop for a few days while we get our bearings if it would like to. Indeed, that’d be much appreciated.