Winter Meetings Buzz
December, 10, 2013
By Doug Mittler | ESPN Insider
Day One of the winter meetings saw two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay announce his retirement, but the activity in Orlando was void of any major trade or free agent signing. Could things change Tuesday?
There is some buzz regarding a deal for Matt Kemp, at least according to the agent for the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. Dave Stewart says "something was brewing" regarding his client, reports Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.
The Boston Red Sox, who recently lost free agent Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners are viewed as prime candidates. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell both reiterated Monday that they are comfortable with Jackie Bradley Jr. penciled in as the Opening Day center fielder in place of Ellsbury, but that, of course, could change.
Here is a quick look of what is happening, or may happen, in Orlando:
- David Price: The race is on to acquire the 2012 AL Cy Young winner, whose value may never be as high as it is now. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark says Rays GM Andrew Friedman will get what he wants in return. “He's not going to budge, certainly not this week,” Stark says.
- Taijuan Walker: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said Monday he has no plans to trade his top pitching prospect, but that may be what it takes to land Price.