December 10th, 2012
Who do I think made out the best at this year’s Winter Meetings?
There were not a lot of big name deals that were done at the Meetings this year, but there were some deals made that I think were very good moves, some that I thought were not such good moves, and some that made me scratch my head.
I will start with the team that I think made out the best: the world champion Giants. They had two guys who were not what many people might have considered very important. They brought back Angel Pagan for four years at $40 million — not a ton of money. They also retained Marco Scutaro. Those two moves alone tell me that the Giants get it when it comes to how important “complementary” guys are to the success of a team in today’s game. You can buy players, but you can’t buy chemistry! If you look at the Giants on paper, they are not going to scare many people . But they have won two World Series in the last three years.
The move that I thought was the worst took place in Queens. The signing of David Wright doesn’t make much sense. I say this because the Mets have committed $138 million over eight years years to a player that I believe they could have used as trade bait and gotten back some good young talent. I do think Wright is worth the money, but are the Mets in a position to win in the next four years? I don’t see it. Also the mets signed Wright and now we are hearing talks of trading 2012 Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Talk about mixed signals. The man won 20 games.
That brings me to my biggest question signing: the Red Sox signing Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million deal. I love Shane . He plays the game hard and plays it the right way. But he didn’t have a great year last year between Philly and the Dodgers. I’m very happy for him, but I would be lying if I said that I thought he would get that kind of deal. He reportedly turned down $44 million to play in Cleveland. It tells me there are some clubs who believe that a down year doesn’t mean a player can’t bounce back. If anyone can, it is Shane. But I don’t think as a businessman I could bet $39 million that it will happen.
Winter Meetings are not where all the big deals are made anymore. It has become a place for teams to get a chance to meet with players and discuss possible trades. But I think the days of big deals taking place there are over. Now it’s more about the middle-of-the-road players.