Winter Meetings: Day 2
I jumped out of bed, thinking it was actually coming from inside my hotel room. Maybe the maid accidentally turned on the clock radio alarm clock? Nope. Turns out the song was blasting from my neighbor. Unbelievable.
I’d love to give the benefit of the doubt and say it was simply a radio station that was triggered by the alarm clock. The problem with that theory was the song jumped right to the chorus. It was too precise. Had to be intentional.
All’s quiet on the Indians front for the most part this morning.
One early tidbit is that a few teams have called the Indians to inquire about the possible availability of closer Chris Perez. The closer’s market has been a hot topic this winter, so teams wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t at least asking about an All-Star closer who is under team control. Nothing has been significant on that front.
The Blue Jays — looking for a closer this winter — were not one of the teams expressing interest in Perez. That became extremely evident around Noon CT, when Toronto swung a trade with the White Sox to bring hard-throwing closer Sergio Santos north of the border. Santos is a former infield prospect for the Jays. Some things come full circle, I guess.
On the first-base front, one name to keep an eye on is Detroit Minor Leaguer Ryan Strieby. He’s a right-handed hitting first baseman with some power, and he’ll be there for the taking in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft after being outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Monday. Cleveland’s 40-man roster is full, so the team would either need to designate someone for assignment or make a trade in order to select someone in the Rule 5.
Speaking of the 40-man roster, the Tribe is expected to announce the corresponding move to (finally) officially add center fielder Grady Sizemore some time today. As I noted last week, a prime candidate for removal is RHP Hector Rondon. He hasn’t pitched in winter ball in a while, and I was told he suffered a “setback”. Don’t have details yet.
2:03 p.m. CT — The Indians designated RHP Hector Rondon for assignment, clearing room on the 40-man roster for Sizemore. Rondon underwent surgery (performed by Dr. James Andrews) on 11/15 to repair a fracture in his right elbow. Expected recovery time is 5-7 months. Rondon had Tommy John surgery on the same elbow in 2010.
8:27 p.m. CT — Just finished today’s stories for Indians.com. Check back there later for stuff on Cleveland possibly using its bullpen depth for trades, Michael Brantley’s possible part-time move to first base and more information on Rondon’s latest setback. Another note, Indians met with Joe Speed, the agent for third baseman Jack Hannahan, on Tuesday and Speed said the meeting was productive. Nothing was decided about Hannahan’s contract situation, though. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players is Dec. 12.
12:13 a.m. CT — Heard that Indians are indeed willing to listen to offers for closer Chris Perez. A trade is unlikely considering the current market for late-inning relief pitchers, though. What would it take? Probably a package along the lines of a Major League-ready player plus a prospect or two.