Lobbying report: Thursday at baseball's D.C. winter meetings
It's the most wonderful time of the year - if you like rumors, speculation, jumped-to conclusions and, undoubtedly, some outright fabrications about your baseball team and favorite players. That being said, we'll filter as best we can and present some of the chatter we're hearing in the hallways, media room and, of course, the late-night lobby during this week's winter meetings. Though there are high expectations for lots of action, be warned that the running joke has been that since the meetings are being held just outside Washington, D.C. that nothing likely will get done here.
The big event today is the Rule 5 draft, where teams can take players left off 40-man rosters for $100,000 (up from $50K) but have to keep them in the majors all year.
The Rays have the No, 4 pick, an open roster spot and some needs, so they are in position to make a pick. But they also need a spot to add C Wilson Ramos, whose signing is set to become official.
While the Rays played defense by adding 8 prospects to their roster to protect assets, especially after losing 2 OFs last year, Baseball America says they could lose a pitcher, RHP Yonny Chirinos, who finished last season at Double-A.
There was some big news late Wednesday, as closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to go back to the Yankees for a five-year, $82-million deal.