Hot on the heels of the Brandon Moss trade, what else do the Indians have in the works for the Winter Meetings? Here's a taste of what else is going on in the crazy world of MLB.
Indians news & notes
Bryan Price is the player who's been designated for assignment to make room for Moss on the 40-man roster.
Well, we've discussed the Moss trade to great extent, but here's something that may come as a surprise to Tribe fans:
Teams have contacted #Indians about 1B/DH Carlos Santana, but no deal close. @FOXSports— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 8, 2014
So of course teams have contacted us about Santana, but it's pretty likely this won't amount to anything. It's the Winter Meetings, after all. Contacting the Indians doesn't hit 30 homers. Anyway, on to the Moss stuff:
Ten quick hits from Shaptonetti on Moss | Cleveland.com - Tribe GM Chris Antonetti talks positively about his new acquisition, addressing his thoughts on the surgery and also what the trade means for Nick Swisher.
Moss looking to get back into the swing of things | Cleveland.com - The man himself provides his thoughts on his new team and also his recovery from surgery.
What the numbers say about Moss | Cleveland.com - Zack Meisel looks beyond the pleasantries at the numbers to discuss how Moss fits in the Tribe lineup and what we could reasonably expect in terms of output. It pretty much matches all the things we've been saying here.
Moss a great fit in lineup, clubhouse | Indians.com - Richard Justice looks at how Moss will fit in the clubhouse of a team on the precipice of contention.
Indians Buy Low on Moss, Move One Step Closer to Contention | FanGraphs - Our friend August Fagerstrom provides his take, along with some nice graphics.
Rumor-filled tweets from the winter meetings
I'm gonna try something new here and turn to the Twitter for some news, which will almost certainly be out of date by the time this article gets published. But bear with me for a change.
The White Sox are in on the Shark:
Sources: #WhiteSox close to acquiring Samardzija from #Athletics. @JonHeymanCBS and @JeffPassan were on it.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2014
Sources: If the White Sox do deal for Jeff Samardzija, return would be Marcus Semien and prospects. A's would slot Semien in at shortstop.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 9, 2014
Some conflicting reports on Jon Lester:
Sources: Barring late change, Lester choosing between #Cubs, #SFGiants.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2014
I just had a front office person tell me, "Don't count out the #yankees with Jon Lester.'' Scout hearing the same thing.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 9, 2014
No real evidence yanks are in on lester. If they go for big starter, they prefer scherzer.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2014
Some non-news about LGFT Justin Masterson:
rangers and red sox have made offers on justin masterson. also talking to marlins, white sox, kc, sf, minn, etc.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2014
Miguel Montero may be on the move:
#Cubs, #DBacks discussing trade that would send Miguel Montero to Chicago, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. @FOXSports— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2014
Kendrys Morales is looking to get PAID:
To follow up on earlier Kendrys Morales tweet, one AL exec said he's looking for 2-3 years at "Billy Butler money.''— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 9, 2014