Winter Meetings Tuesday Night: Rangers on Greinke, Mystery Team on Ozuna, Cole, Machado, More

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Winter Meetings Tuesday Night: Rangers on Greinke, Mystery Team on Ozuna, Cole, Machado, More

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My head was already spinning from the usual onslaught of news and rumors that this week brings, and then the Shohei Ohtani elbow injury news? I gotta sit down.

I am already sitting down. I gotta lay down. After I do some more typing …

  • If you missed the Cubs-specific news from the evening, the Brandon Morrow signing is official, the Cubs also signed Drew Smyly, and Mike Montgomery reportedly wants to start.
  • Bruce Levine writes about the Cubs’ bullpen pursuits, pointing to Addison Reed, Brandon Kintzler, and Anthony Swarzak. We’ve heard about Reed and Kintzler for a while, but Swarzak is newly-tied to the Cubs. The 32-year-old righty was absurdly good in 2017 (2.2 WAR) after a mostly middling career, which will make for an interesting contract situation.
  • This would certainly shake things up:

  • Greinke rebounded in a big way in 2017 after an ugly first year with the Diamondbacks (including a drop in velocity), but he’s owed a whopping $138.5 million over the next four seasons when he’ll be 34, 35, 36, and 37. So … as Wilson indicates, that might be a tough deal to work out unless the Diamondbacks are just looking to dump salary and the Rangers are content to pay a huge annual rate for a shorter term deal.
  • The Phillies signed up another reliever tonight, after already landing Pat Neshek:

  • The Red Sox have made no secret that they want a big bat to plug into their lineup, so it only makes sense that they’d be on the biggest free agent bat, who came to the Winter Meetings to talk to them:

  • Come on, now. The Mystery Team is never dreaded. They’re my second favorite team:

  • To be fair, there are probably several teams in on Ozuna, unless the earlier rumors of “momentum” toward a deal for the Cardinals really were about Ozuna. In that case, yes, the sudden and late appearance of a Mystery Team would be of particular note.
  • Of course the Nationals are in on Wade Davis – they still remember him closing them out of the NLDS:

  • The Pirates may be willing to move Gerrit Cole, which would be huge news not only as a signal for the Pirates’ 2018 competitiveness, but also for where they might move him:

  • That’s the second time we’ve heard the Brewers looking at controllable starting pitchers in trade today (Chris Archer, earlier).


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.