Much like previous Winter Meetings, I am now know the layout of this hotel like the back of my hand. For all the walking and talking, though, there was not much noise to be made here in Indianapolis. The Yankees made the biggest move with the three-team swap to land Curtis Granderson. The righ get richer.
Your Blue Jays?
Well, Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos — hoarse voice and all — did a ton of talking without revealing much of what is going on behind the scenes. The Jays bolted town with no moves completed with the exception of grabbing righty Zech Zinicola from the Nationals in the Rule 5 Draft.
Anthopoulos did at least acknowledge that there is indeed a big “elephant in the room.” That, of course, is the future of ace Roy Halladay. Over the course of four days here, Anthopoulos began to open up slightly when asked about trade talks involving Doc. The young GM still made sure never to refer to Halladay by name in his answer, sticking to generalities.
What have we learned? Dending on who you talk to or which story you read, he Angels might have made an offer for Halladay that includes Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar and Pter Bourjos. Along with the Halos, the Phillies, even after the big Cliff Lee deal, appear to be the favorites now to land Halladay.
The Yankees and Red Sox are monitoring the situation, but are basically holding off until the Jays lower their asking price. New York might be hesitant to move more prospects after just pulling off the Granderson deal and Boston does not want to part with prized pitching prospect Casey Kelly, making a match with Toronto unlikely right now.
The Rays? They are very unlikely to land Doc, but they have the pieces to pull off such a move and the pitcher would likely approve a one-year stop in Tampa Bay before hitting free agency next winter. The Dodgers have talked to the Jays, but they don’t seem to be a fit. The Cubs have payroll issues and think Toronto’s asking price is a bit steep as well.
Will Halladay be moved? It never seemed likely that he was going to be shipped off during these Meetings and he’s still a Jay. It is still highly probable that he is dealt this winter, and the club knows it is in Doc’s best interest to swing a trade before Spring Training, if one is going to be completed.
Beyond Halladay, there’s still the search for a starting catcher and maybe some outfield and mound help. Free agency might net some short-term solutions for 2010 and 2011, but Anthopoulos is also poring over a pile of trade proposals and scenarios in order to potentially obtain some long-term pieces.
Not much was accomplished on the surface here in Indy. Behind closed doors, talks are definitely gainin in momentum.
I’ll leave you with some links from today before I hit the road…