Friday, December 19, 2014

Big deals still on deck

NASHVILLE—The L.A. Angels added starter Joe Blanton and reliever Sean Burnett to their retooled pitching staff.
Jeff Keppinger found a new home, as did Eric Chavez.

The big deals, meanwhile, remained on deck at baseball’s winter meetings.
Jason Bay, Randy Choate, Nate Schierholtz, and a diamond full of players wound up in different places yesterday while top contenders waited for a pair of free-agent prizes to make their decisions.
The lone trade was minor, with Detroit sending left-hander Andy Oliver to Pittsburgh for a young catcher.
Former MVP Josh Hamilton and former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke remained in play. They’re the driving forces in this market and depending on where they go, more moves are likely to follow.
Texas would like to re-sign Hamilton—at the right price. The slugger was in Nashville this week but has left, and his agent met with Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels on Tuesday night.
“Obviously, one of the bigger dominoes,” Daniels said.
“Trying to get the first one to fall.”
N.Y. Mets’ pitcher R.A. Dickey keeps drawing attention. He lives near the Opryland Hotel and dropped in for a visit, though there’s no change in his situation.
Signed for next season, he wants a new contract while several clubs, including Boston, want to trade for the reigning NL Cy Young winner.

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