Baseball: Winter meetings conclude quietly
Top free agents Hamilton, Greinke still on the market
As teams headed home from the winter meetings yesterday in Nashville, Tenn., the biggest free agents still were on the market. The availability of outfielder Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke held up decisions on other signings and possible trades involving Rangers star Michael Young and the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
The Yankees, quiet thus far, were pursuing former Boston star Kevin Youkilis and also met with the agent for Mark Reynolds. The Indians also are reportedly interested in Youkilis.
With most clubs already packed up and leaving the sprawling, 2,881-room Opryland hotel, Philadelphia acquired outfielder Ben Revere from Minnesota for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Hamilton could remain with Texas, and Seattle seemed to be interested. Greinke’s options include staying with the Los Angeles Angels, moving up the coast to the Dodgers or signing with the Rangers.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that after taking in information from other clubs and agents, it was time to return home and “cool your jets.”
“There can be a domino effect,” he said. “I think when clubs are focusing on a certain position, a certain need, there’s options out there. And once one option goes away, then that changes the landscape of what a club would want to do. Everybody’s got their ducks lined up in a row, and it’s just a matter of how things fall. And there’s timing involved.”
The annual meeting wasn’t much of a swap session. The Phillies-Twins deal was just the fourth trade over the four days.
Atlanta announced a one-year deal with outfielder Reed Johnson yesterday, and Texas said reliever Koji Uehara had reached an agreement with Boston.
As the meetings ended, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had made a $12 million offer to Youkilis. The Phillies were trying to obtain Young, an infielder who has been with the Rangers for his entire 13-season career and would have to approve a trade. Arizona was listening to offers for outfielder Justin Upton.
After exploring trades involving Dickey, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it was possible the team could keep him without a deal for beyond 2013.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily the optimum result, but it’s a possible result,” he said.
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Jared Burton on a two-year, $5.5 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season. Burton, 31, had five saves and a 2.18 ERA in 62 innings with 16 walks and 55 strikeouts in 2012