Yesterday officially began the Winter Meetings and there was no shortage of buzz during them. Executives talked, rumors swirled, and players signed. Here are just some of the things that went down; some of which may not have dominated the headlines.
MLB News and Notes
The Texas Rangers signed relief pitcher Chris Martin to two-year, $4 million contract. The 31-year-old dominated in Japan the last two years as he carried a 1.12 ERA over 88 innings.
The Yankees are also looking to move Jacoby Ellsbury according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The 34-year-old is still owed $68 million, but the Yankees appear willing to pay at or around half of that in a potential trade. The bigger hurdle will be getting him to waive his no-trade clause.
Matt Adams is garnering some attention as a free agent after the Atlanta Braves could not find a trade partner for him. The Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, and Washington Nationals have all inquired on him according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
The Boston Red Sox have alerted other teams that Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the market according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Boston would like to acquire a power bat in return for the center fielder.
With relievers like Luke Gregerson and Brandon Morrow off the market, teams who were considering them must go a different direction. Right now at least five teams are monitoring Brandon Kintzler‘s market.