Monday, December 9, 2013

Baseball Meeting Rumors and Notes...

Meeting Kickoff Rumors & Notes:

  • John Perrotto of Baseball Propectus has two rumors to report: the Pirates and Marlins have talked a Logan Morrison-for-Josh Harrison trade with Pirates adding a second unknown player, and that the FO ha added  Red Sox' Mike Carp to the list of left-handed-hitting first basemen in which they have some interest.
  • Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review tweets that the Bucs and Bronson Arroyo have mutual interest, and the brass will meet with his agent. His signing would help solidify the bottom of the rotation (John Schlegel of wrote that "Bronson Arroyo...wasn't aware of interest from the Pirates. Says Phillies, Twins, Angels in on him." Gotta love hot stove season!) Pittsburgh could also stand one mid-to-top of the rotation guy if AJ doesn't return. Drew Silva of NBC's Hardball Talk has a short item regarding that decision.
  • Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported some old news that the "Pirates (are) discussing multiple trade options for first base vacancy, including Adam Lind and Logan Morrison." We find it ironic that the FO would trade for Morrison, who is being replaced by a guy the Bucs let go, Garrett Jones. Then again, LoMo is entering his first arb year and predicted by MLB Trade Rumor's Matt Schwartz to be in line for a $1.7M deal, quite a bit less than what Jones was looking to haul in this season.
  • Clint Barmes is flying under the radar right now, but the Bucs, who would like to bring him back to pair with Jordy Mercer again, have been keeping in contact per Bill Brink of the Post Gazette.
  • The Indy Indians' VP/GM Cal Burleson was named the International League Executive of the Year. In addition, Baseball America named the Indians as the Triple-A recipient of the 2013 Bob Freitas Award, presented to the organization with the best overall operations at each level of Minor League Baseball. Both awards were handed out today to open the meetings.
  • The 16-member Expansion Era Committee elected Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dave Parker of the Pirates was on the ballot, but didn't come close to receiving the 12 votes needed. The BBWAA will announce its regular HoF selections in January.
  • Roy Halladay retired today as a Toronto Blue Jay.

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