Could we really see Zack Greinke join an already stacked Phillies starting rotation?
This is largely speculation and there is realistically no way this would ever happen but it’s worth looking at. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is a go-getter, you have to admire that about him. There’s no shame in “inquiring” about a certain player, to see if something can get worked out. Philadelphia has been good with that in recent years. But the Phillies would have to give up too much in return for Greinke, likely depleting their farm system.
Sandy Alderson recently held a conference call with Mets bloggers. Here is the recap.
Although I’m a little unsure as to what exactly Sandy’s plan is for the Mets, for some reason I trust him. I don’t expect the Mets to be too competitive next season, but I think this is what he wants to happen. There are already a handful of fans who have been unhappy with Alderson’s lack of involvement in the free agent market. That’s probably because the biggest off-season signing they have had so far is Ronnie Paulino. For me, I don’t care who he signs or doesn’t sign this winter, I just don’t want to see Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez at Citi Field on Opening Day.
Talking Chop takes a look at the Braves off-season checklist.
This team looks just about set. The acquisitions of Dan Uggla and Scott Linebrink filled their biggest holes, all that’s left to do is find another backup in case someone goes down. They already have Brooks Conrad on the bench but need another reliable player to help the infield.
Fish Stripes has the Marlins Winter Meetings Recap.
I wasn’t expecting to hear much from the Marlins at the meetings, but who does? Their wish list consists of a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen and a left-handed bat off the bench. If they’re looking for a lefty out of the bullpen who can pitch everyday, why not look into Pedro Feliciano? His asking price may be too high for Florida but he is arguably one of the best relievers left on the market. Reports say that the Yankees have a serious interest in Feliciano.
The Washington Nationals bullpen needs some experience, could Kevin Gregg be the answer?
Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, and Sean Burnett all performed well last season, but some adjustments will have to be made. I would feel comfortable having Storen be the everyday closer. I’ve never been a fan of changing the roles of young pitchers early in their career, if he’s the closer of the future, then make him the closer and leave it at that. Remember the whole Joba Chamberlain fiasco? One day he’s a set-up man, the next he’s a starter, and then he’s back in the bullpen.