Very few actual moves happened Tuesday in Florida. Speculation, rumor and posturing was the theme of the day, much of it involving the same big names (Cliff Lee, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, etc.)
Lest we forget, the four-day gathering actually does involve meetings and they are taking place all over the place. Also, although the sense sometimes is that this is where deals have to be made, it is often a period used to lay the groundwork for something to happen later on.
Still, based on the fact that the adjusted offseason schedule had already prompted a flurry of early maneuvers, the relative lack of action Tuesday was a tad surprising. Several teams and players remained firmly in the discussion stages.
That likely suits the Red Sox just fine. General manager Theo Epstein arrived with a smile on his face, pleased as punch not only with the fact that he landed Adrian Gonzalez but also with the relatively easy week it gave him. That’s not to suggest he isn't working hard, but he can stray from the desire to do anything major, yet risky.
"The Gonzalez acquisition has been beneficial to this process here at the winter meetings," he said. "It’s really allows us to focus …We can focus on areas of need and make sure we are really thorough and take advantage of the opportunities that are there and real for us."
So, while Epstein closes in on acquiring one or more reliever and perhaps a middle-of-the-road bat or two, his colleagues can spend their time still looking for that big splash.
The most intriguing quest involved that of Lee, who was reportedly close to getting a major offer from the New York Yankees. That is no shock, as it's been coming for some time. What was surprising was the early-morning report that the Washington Nationals were willing to offer Lee seven years, one more than the Yankees. That report was later negated, and the Nats were considered a long shot to get Lee.
That would likely leave New York and perhaps Texas. However, word surfaced later on that Lee had two seven-year offers from other teams, both worth more than $20 million annually, and that Yanks GM Brian Cashman was "frustrated" by lack of progress on his big offseason prize. Those teams have been labeled "mystery teams" by several in the lobby of the Dolphin Hotel, as their true identity had yet to be revealed as agents, GMs and the like sat down for dinner.
Among the other items to digest:
There was more in the way of rumors and speculation, but very little came to fruition. Before everyone hops on the Disney shuttle to the airport Thursday morning, look for a little more action.
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