If you checked out early for the holiday on Friday – look at you with the nice, long holiday vacation – you missed a rush of activity as teams apparently looked to do the same thing.
Friday, December 19
- The day kicked off with Jake Peavy re-signing with the Giants for $24 million – a healthy chunk, plus he got a full no-trade clause.
- Then the Braves followed quickly with an imminent Justin Upton trade to a mystery team … which wound up being the Padres, throwing everyone for a loop. That’s Upton, Wil Myers, and Matt Kemp added to the outfield, with nary a center fielder among them.
- I went over a few minor league Cubs signings.
- The Cubs finalized the Jason Motte signing.
- The Red Sox traded Will Middlebrooks to the Padres for Ryan Hanigan, which signaled that the Red Sox were out on David Ross … who wound up signing with the Cubs.
- Meanwhile, the Cubs made two waiver claims, picking up OF/1B Shane Peterson, and C Ryan Lavarnway.
Saturday, December 20
- In response to that Marlins/Yankees deal, which sent Martin Prado to the Marlins, the Giants picked up Casey McGehee from the Fish.
- We talked about how well Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara are doing in winter ball, and how much that does or doesn’t mean.
- It came out that Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang’s winning posting bid was just over $5 million, and there was a long process of eliminating teams that didn’t get him.
Sunday, December 21
- Pitch-framing is the order of the day, and will be for a while now that the Cubs have a Montero/Ross backstop.
- A Sunday Lukewarm Stove checked in on the pitcher the Cubs didn’t get from the Red Sox, the status of Kang, and more.
- Are the Padres going to make another big-name trade, this time involving Cole Hamels?