Even as yesterday was an inactive day at the Winter Meetings, it was certainly a full day of rumors and other news. If you missed any of it, I’d encourage you to flip to the home page and scroll back through the stories to catch up, because there’s a lot. In particular, I think the Theo Epstein comments, the Ian Happ-Danny Duffy trade proposal conversation, and the reliever rumors are worth your time. I mean, it’s all worth your time, but start there.
- When Giancarlo Stanton took a (deserved) shot at ownership and management on his way out the door yesterday, he was talking about the old Marlins crew. But, given our limited time observing the new guys, he may as well have been talking about them, too. And that includes the process by which he was traded:
The education of Derek Jeter: How the Giancarlo Stanton trade personified his tenure as Marlins owner — and how he can learn from the mistakes that have been made. Column: https://t.co/SBOmza1I2m
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2017
- Stanton’s agent later confirmed that the Marlins did threaten that if Stanton didn’t accept a trade to the Giants or Cardinals, he’d be stuck with the Marlins for the next ten years. Obviously, the Stanton camp called the Marlins’ bluff.
- New owner/CEO in charge of business *AND* baseball operations Derek Jeter was already getting dragged for not being at the Winter Meetings to discuss the Marlins’ moves, but when he showed up on Monday Night Football, it was downright ugly:
A reminder that Derek Jeter, who is at MNF instead of the Winter Meetings, is getting PAID $5M a year in salary/management fee/travel budget by the new owners, which includes him. pic.twitter.com/UxLlEwFX8o
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 12, 2017
- This is a guy who is (1) hopelessly naive, (2) surrounded by terrible advisors, and/or (3) does not care a lick about the impression you’re giving fans of your brand new team. I can only imagine the outrage right now among Marlins fans, for whom I hope that it’s just a combination of numbers one and two, and that those things will be corrected over the next year.
- I am instantly reminded, once again, of what tremendous owners the Ricketts Family have been. Tom Ricketts came in the door and did two things: he made no changes until he had time to thoroughly study and live in the organization for a long time to really assess where things stood, and he brought in the best baseball minds he could find to handle the baseball side of things. You really can’t ask for more from a new owner.
- And by the way, it’s not like the Cubs didn’t rebuild in a very tough market to accept a rebuild. So there were very similar challenges (plus the added challenge of getting a stadium deal done).
- I just like reading this from time to time:
Giancarlo Stanton said he respects the Cardinals as a great, successful organization but still didn't want St. Louis as an ultimate destination.
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) December 11, 2017
- The Cardinals are removing seats at Busch Stadium to create a party deck area, where fans can mill around and talk and drink and be merry with general access. Sounds like a lot of the spaces out in the bleachers at Wrigley Field to me, copycats!
- Somewhere Michael Barrett is cracking his knuckles:
AJ Pierzinski joins the White Sox as an ambassador with the team
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 11, 2017
- Totally random, but it made me smile:
Amazon reviews, coming up clutch. pic.twitter.com/syaxL3cr4y
— Brett Taylor (@Brett_A_Taylor) December 10, 2017
- Speaking of Amazon (smooooooth, Brett), they still have the Fire 8 HD tablet for the ridiculous price of $49.99, and their deals of the day are all about the home.
- Over at The Ten-Yard Line, Bears head coach John Fox has “accepted his fate,” which, yes, it’s time. Mitch Trubisky is coming off of his best game, and the future looks bright.
- And this sale got extended through tonight, so get on it:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) December 11, 2017