Day one of the 2012 Major League Baseball winter meetings provided some exciting rumors, but not much action. Several teams were thrown around the rumor mill, including the Baltimore Orioles, for potential trades and free agent signings, but most were quiet in day one.
The Orioles came up several times throughout the day in "sources state" and "around the rumor mill" updates, but no moves have been made by the O's….yet. As I mentioned yesterday, Baltimore fans are hoping and needing the O's to make some move worth noting to provide them with confidence that the front office is committed to improving the 2013 team and pushing for another playoff run and a division title. The Orioles may need to do this now more than ever after what the Toronto Blue Jays have done this offseason to bolster their roster after signing Melky Cabrera and the block buster trade that brought Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonafacio to Toronto.
Day one of the winter meetings did not provide many actual signings, but did provide plenty of drama in regards to rumors, including the possible trade of NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey. Several teams have been linked to the Dickey trade rumors including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Texas Rangers. It should be mentioned that the New York Mets are also trying to re-sign him to a new deal, but with talks diminishing, it is becoming more likely that he will be traded.
The most noteworthy free agent signing came via the number one guy on my list of free agents the Orioles should go after, but the Boston Red Sox signed Mike Napoli yesterday. Napoli who is a good hitter who can play first base and is also a very viable back up catcher as well, and Boston inked him to three years for $39 million, roughly $13 million a year depending on how the contract is broken down.
Another signing yesterday came from the World Champion San Francisco Giants as they re-signed CF Angel Pagan to four years for $40 million. Pagan made out on this deal as he really has only had two full seasons where he was able to stay healthy, but the Giants want to keep as many players as possible from their World Series Championship team in 2012.
Baltimore was thrown out as a being in strong pursuit of 1B Adam Laroche, but that seems to be just a luke warm scenario for the O's. Orioles executive VP/GM Dan Duquette did meet with four teams and three agents yesterday, and the three agents do not represent any current Orioles players, thus Baltimore is looking to do something, we just do not know what exactly….yet.
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