But not much activity.
Part of that was due to the tender deadline, which came and went on Wednesday. Teams were not only focused on that and the work that surrounds it, but also, with the free agent pool set to expand thanks to non-tenders, a little break in the action was to be expected as teams re-evaluated after Wednesday.
I wonder if part of it, though, is also because of Zack Greinke.
Consider that, as the other big-time starting pitcher on the free agent market, Greinke is target number-one-A-with-a-bullet for at least two big money teams (the Dodgers and Giants), so much so that when Greinke was pushing for offers early this week, it actually wound up prompting the Red Sox, Cardinals, and Price to finish up their negotiations.
Further, you’ve got this:
Sources: Samardzija and Leake are Plan B for #SFGiants if they lose Greinke. Lackey also an option, as is a trade. No word yet on Greinke.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2015
In other words, until Greinke makes his decision (presumably between the Dodgers and Giants), the Giants won’t be making another move. Even as that’s technically just one team waiting on a decision from one player, the impact is extremely far-reaching.
This won’t last forever, of course, either because Greinke will make a decision, or the other actors involved will decide they simply cannot wait any longer – someone will pull the trigger on something, and that will set into motion other movement.
Rumors this week had Greinke close to making a decision between the Giants and Dodgers, so this might all shake loose rapidly. The Winter Meetings, annually the home for a flurry of activity, begin on Monday in Nashville.
Indeed, the weekend before the Winter Meetings is often very busy. It looks like that could be the case again this year.