If you wear a baseball uniform for a living and you weren’t traded this morning, you are probably feeling a little unloved.
The Winter Meetings went off the rails overnight, with a wild series of trades and signings. There was a Rule 5 Draft, too.
The Dodgers completely remade their team. San Diego got Matt Kemp. Detroit gave up a top pitcher (Rick Porcello) to get Yoenis Cespedes. The Marlins are acquiring players left and right. I think the White Sox now have every relief pitcher in MLB. The Red Sox picked up three starting pitchers in 12 hours.
It seems like everybody was frantically making moves at the end of the meetings, but the Mariners were quiet. Seattle’s area of need – a corner outfielder – is still readily available and there was no need for the team to rush into a deal during the meetings.
As for the Rule 5 Draft, no Rainiers players were selected – in fact, the Mariners organization did not lose a single player.
The Mariners did make a pick: they selected left-handed pitcher David Rollins from the Houston Astros organization.
Rollins pitched for Double-A Corpus Christi last year, working as both a starter and a reliever. He posted a 3.81 ERA in 78 innings last year, with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks. He reportedly sits 92-to-95 MPH with his fastball.
Per Rule 5 Draft specifics, Rollins must make the Mariners opening day roster and stay on the major league team all year – or else he is automatically offered back to the Houston Astros.
So the Mariners will take a very close look at Rollins during spring training and see if he can help them as a lefty reliever. Because the Mariners are going for it in 2015, they will not keep Rollins around as a future project – he’ll have to contribute in 2015 in order to stick around. If it doesn’t appear that he can help the M’s win this year, he’ll go right back to the Astros in March.
- The Seattle front office heads home from San Diego with work still to do. This story has a good synopsis of where the M’s stand with Melky Cabrera.
- Greg Johns has a write-up on newest Mariners pitcher David Rollins.
- The Mariners still love Taijuan Walker, Bob Dutton writes in this notebook.
- Ryan Divish in San Diego: his running Day Four blog, and his final Day Three post.
- Manager Lloyd McClendon is pleased with the Mariners moves so far.
- New Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman went “buck wild” at the Winter Meetings, Ken Rosenthal reports. Rob Neyer also wrote about the Dodgers wheelings and dealings.
- Baseball America has the complete list of Rule 5 Draft picks, including selections in the minor league phase. Again, the Mariners only made one pick and they lost nobody.
- John Sickels has a capsule on each player selected in the MLB phase of the draft.
- Ah, the Baseball Trade Show. Take a tour.
- In the PCL, Memphis announced its coaching staff led by new manager Mike Shildt.