Live from the 2012 Winter Meetings

Me and the Winter Meetings (and I)

Your humble scribe attended Baseball's Winter Meetings. This is the part of his story that's suitable for publishing.

So, about the Angels' "strong rotation"

Jered Weaver's a fantastic pitcher and C.J. Wilson's real good, too. But the rest of the Angels' rotation looks shaky, even after the Winter Meetings.

Dusty Baker: If Koufax could, Chapman can!

Sandy Koufax had only two pitches, says Baker, but on the other hand, having more "just helps ... you know what I mean?"

Mariners 'very close' to signing Josh Hamilton?

Everything might depend on Zack Greinke in a roundabout way, but the Seattle Mariners apparently have real enthusiasm for signing free-agent center fielder Josh Hamilton.

Clint Hurdle: Feeling good about James McDonald

Pittsburgh's James McDonald collapsed in the second half last season, but the Pirates are depending on a rebound in 2013.

Are Phillies, Rangers talking about Michael Young?

Late Wednesday night, the hot rumor had the Phillies and Rangers engaged in serious discussions about a trade featuring Michael Young.

Mike Scioscia explains Mike Trout, left fielder

The Angels are committed to moving phenom Mike Trout to left field next season. Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, manager Mike Scioscia explained why.

Jim Leyland, admirer of closers

Some managers just can't deny it: They believe in the closer mentality.

The Winter Meetings and pseudo-events

Just because you're here doesn't mean it's really happening.

Jeff Keppinger signing for 3 years with White Sox

Perhaps Jeff Keppinger really is the right move for the White Sox.


Thanks to D'backs, Eric Chavez comes off board

NASHVILLE - No details yet, but always-in-the-know Jon Heyman reports that third baseman Eric Chavez is signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chavez, a 15-year veteran, presumably didn't sign for...

Bruce Bochy talks Giants past, future

Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, Bruce Bochy discussed his San Francisco Giants, winners of two World Series in the last three years.

Greetings from the Winter Meetings, part three

Nashville,TN- It's the third day of the Winter Meetings, and I just waited in line for coffee behind Yankees manager Joe Girardi. He took his coffee over to the condiment station and spoke to a...

Rays acquire Yunel Escobar

Marlins send Escobar to the Rays for Derek Dietrich

Red Sox could trade Jacoby Ellsbury

The Red Sox signed free agent Shane Victorino to slot into their outfield, so they could make Jacoby Ellsbury available in the right deal.

John Farrell answers to the Toronto Media

It was clear that John Farrell wanted to spend his 30-minute press conference at the discussing the future in his first Winter Meetings appearance as Red Sox manager, but first he had to answer...

Joe Girardi isn't clueless, but knows nothing

How can a manager comment on his team when his team doesn't exist?

Robin Ventura and the challenges ahead

Nashville, TN- Most of the press conferences at the Winter Meetings thus far have been crowded with media members anxious to ask questions. But when you put White Sox manager Robin Ventura and G...

Mattingly: Payroll won't equal wins for Dodgers

Nashville, TN -- During his press conference Tuesday at MLB's Winter Meetings, Don Mattingly reflected on the failures of last season and talked about the pressure on the Dodgers to perform in...

Buck Showalter, Chris Davis: four corners at once

How can a player be everywhere at once when he isn't anywhere at all?

Walt Weiss: I haven't done this before.

NASHVILLE -- My big takeaway from Tuesday afternoon press conference featuring Walt Weiss, the Colorado Rockies' new manager: Weiss isn't real comfortable with the word "data". He's okay with...

Ron Washington: I'm a fundamentalist.

Tuesday at baseball's Winter Meetings, manager Ron Washington addressed a range of questions from the assembled media.

Davey Johnson: "This is one of the best ballclubs

Davey Johnson is confident that the Washington Nationals are ready to contend in 2013.

Mike Napoli's Boston Years: The View from 2015

As Mark Twain probably didn't say, it's easy to see, harder to foresee, but when it's a question of Red Sox Nation eating its own, you don't need to need the benefit of a backwards glance to know...

Greetings from the Winter Meetings, part two

Nashville, TN- Good morning from day two at the Winter Meetings, where the media room is starting to fill up even though people were in the hotel bars until very late. Most are armed with coffee...

All hail the Washington Nationals!

All hail the Washington Nationals! Why? Well, for one thing, they're America's Team. You might even say they're America's Superheroes. The next time we send a bunch of people to some far-away land...

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