❄ Winter Baseball Meetings Edition ❄
— JON LESTER has chosen the Chicago Cubs as his new home in a 6 yr./$155m contract. While he was determined not to let the money sway him, it’s rather odd that he chose the team that offered the most $$ on the table.
— Per multiple sources, JON LESTER has informed the Giants that he will not be joining the ballclub. However, LESTER still has not announced his club of choice.
— Per Bob Nightengale, the Giants have been in talks with the Braves to acquire JUSTIN UPTON. Braves want to include CHRIS JOHNSON in this package.
— Per ESPN, Giants GM Bobby Evans said that the Cubs, Sox are favorites to win JON LESTER, who stated that he was not going to the highest bidder. Thank God.
— Per Bruce Levin, MIGUEL MONTERO is now a Cub.
— Per multiple sources, the BBWAA will recommend that the Hall of Fame balloting be expanded from 10 to 12. Ring-a-ding-ding.
— Per MLB Trade Rumors, the Angels have acquired DREW BUTERA from the Dodgers.
— Per John Shea, MATT CAIN will begin throwing from 45-60 feet next week. Will throw three times a week.
— Per Jon Heyman, the Pirates have reached a deal with FRANCISCO LIRIANO. Estimated to be 3 yrs./$39m.
— Per Bill Shaikin (LA Times), the Doodgers will not extend ZACK GREINKE‘s contract this winter.
— Per multiple sources, JEFF SMARDZIJA says that going to the White Sox is a “…dream come true…”
— Per Ken Rosenthal, Doodgers working hard on a deal that would send MATT KEMP to the Poodres in exchange for YASMANI GRANDAL plus additional guests.
— Per multiple sources, the A’s have acquired powerhouse players CHRIS BASSITT, JOSH PHEGLEY, RANGEL RAVELO and MARCUS SEMIEN from the White Sox in exchange for JEFF SAMARDZIJA and MICHAEL YNOA.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are lining up possible trades in the event that they come up empty in the JON LESTER derby.
😂 From CBS Sports, Report: Phillies accidentally traded prospect in 2011 Hunter Pence deal
🚨 From the LA Times, Josh Hamilton needs to have a bounce-back season for Angels