The first day of the Winter Meetings has been busy through early Monday afternoon, as rumors and speculation are running rampant.
Before we get to those, first some actual news:
- Former managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee.
- Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays and retired, citing back injuries.
- The Rockies might resume trade talks with the A’s regarding left-hander Brett Anderson, writes MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.
- Matt Kemp’s agent, former pitcher Dave Stewart, told the Los Angeles Times he expects the Dodgers outfielder to be dealt this offseason.
- Sources told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal the Angles are willing to shop first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo.
- Rosenthal also hears that even though the Rangers already dealt second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus also might be available; though Rosenthal notes it’s “very much a long shot.”
- Two items from Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi: The Indians have talked with free agent starter Jason Hammels’ representatives, while the Pirates are interested in Toronto’s Adam Lind and Miami’s Logan Morrison.
- Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan hears the Phillies are “actively shopping” Domonic Brown.
- Cash Kruth
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay will announce his retirement on Monday, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Halladay will sign a one-day contract with Toronto so he retires as a Blue Jay, according to Heyman.
Halladay, 36, was one of the game’s top pitchers for much of his career, winning the 2003 AL Cy Young Award with Toronto and the 2010 NL Cy Young Award with Philadelphia.
He was 203-105 over a 16-year career, most of which was spent in Toronto. He pitched the last four seasons with the Phillies, going 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and finishing second in the NL Cy Young Award balloting as recently as 2011.
He also threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NL Division Series against the Reds, only the second no-hitter in postseason history.
An eight-time All-Star, Halladay finished in the top five of the Cy Young Award voting every year from 2005-11.
Shoulder injuries the past two seasons forced Halladay into retirement, however, as he made only 13 starts last season and struggled to the tune of a 6.82 ERA.
- Cash Kruth
That’s what FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney are entertaining. Rosenthal heard through Major League sources that the Phillies want a top-of-the-rotation starter and that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has no qualms about trading for a pitcher he jettisoned in the offseason. Enter Cliff Lee, the best starting pitcher who will likely be available prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and one who’s a free agent after this season. Meanwhile, Olney believes the Yankees and Mariners will at least talk about Lee before the Deadline.
Still, FoxSports.com calls a reunion between Lee and the Phills “a longshot” and “perhaps unrealistic.” Philadelphia already gave up a bevy of prospects to acquire Roy Halladay this past offseason, and their focus right now is on acquiring infield help, since second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco are on the disabled list. As for the Yankees, Olney states that the club has a recent history of reluctance to lose top prospects in gaining starting pitching, and he noted that the Yanks and M’s don’t have a very good trade history.
The Rangers have been looked on as a team that has a strong chance at landing Lee. The Mets and Dodgers are also in need of starting-pitching help and could look in Lee’s direction.
Here’s more from around the league …
* Lee and the Yankees may be in the back burner, but the Yankees’ priority right now is improving their bench, general manager Brian Cashman told The Newark Star Ledger. Ty Wigginton, according to the Star Ledger, is someone in particular the Yankees have shown interest in.
* Given a choice, Mets manager Jerry Manuel would prefer the club acquired a starting pitcher
, though another option in the back end of the bullpen would be a nice consolation prize.
* The Nationals signed Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez
to a Minor League contract on Friday. Orlando, half-brother of Nats starter Livan Hernandez
, is 44 years old and hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2007. He’ll start a throwing program in Viera, Fla., then work his way up to the Minors and hopefully join the Nats as a reliever.
* Jermaine Dye, who hasn’t played this season but hasn’t retired, has been getting interest from the Rockies, Rangers and Padres, according to FoxSports.com.
– Alden Gonzalez