A look at exactly what went down in Dallas
The Mariners left Dallas yesterday having made no moves during the four days of Winter Meetings, which made me curious as to how many clubs were in the same boat.
While the Angels and Marlins stole the national headlines with their monster free-agent splashes, it turns out the Mariners were one of 11 teams that made no moves whatsover.
And two more clubs normally at the fore of Winter Meetings manuevering — the Yankees and Red Sox — really didn’t do anything of significance either. The Yankees only news all week was winning the posting for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima with the lone offer, a $2 million bid for a player I’ve heard they don’t even really want.
The Red Sox announced that DH David Ortiz accepted their arbitration offer and thus will remain with the club at least another season. Neither of those moves really had anything to do with the Winter Meetings, but just came out during the time teams were in Dallas.
Meanwhile, the Mariners were joined on the sidelines by their AL West counterparts Texas and Oakland, neither of whom made a single transaction. The Angels — with their signings of Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and reliever LaTroy Hawkins — were the only team in the division to do a thing.
Also on the inactive list at the Meetings were the Indians, Rays, Astros, Reds, Cardinals, Phillies, Braves and Nationals.
The vast majority of action in Dallas came from four clubs. The Angels and Marlins were the big spenders, while the Dodgers and Mets were busier on smaller fronts with three or four signings or trade acquisitions each.
The Dodgers signed pitchers Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, plus infielder Jerry Hairston Jr., all to two-year deals. The Mets beefed up their bullpen with the addition of free agents Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, as well as by trading outfielder Angel Pagan to the Giants for reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres.
In the American League, the only team besides the Angels to make more than one deal was the Twins, who signed free-agent closer Matt Capps and traded starter Kevin Slowey to the Rockies.
Otherwise, the Royals dealt backup infielder Yamaico Navarro to the Pirates for a couple Minor Leaguers, the Tigers signed reliever Octavio Dotel, the White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays, while the Orioles acquired left-hander Dana Eveland from the Dodgers for a pair of Minor Leaguers.
The NL was a little more active, led by the Marlins, Dodgers and Mets. Otherwise, the Padres traded for Rockies closer Huston Street, the Giants dealt for outfielder Angel Pagan, the D-backs signed first baseman Lyle Overbay, the Rockies acquired Slowey, the Cubs traded for third baseman Ian Stewart and the Pirates signed Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told me he expects the free agent and trade markets to loosen up a bit now that teams have spent the past four days talking in Dallas. He figures most will go home, finalize their strategies and make the phone calls that lead to results.
Seattle remains in the market for a veteran starter, a left-handed reliever, a backup shortstop or utility infielder and offensive help at some position, likely DH or the outfield. And now that all the hype of the Winter Meetings has died down, it appears there are plenty of teams and available free agents still looking to get things done.