Lobbying report: Wednesday at baseball's DC 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 Cubs and Royals completed the trade, with Davis taking over as the closer in Chicago.
* The Rockies have agreed to a deal with Ian Desmond, who will get a reported $70-million over five years to play first base.
* The Cubs deal for Davis is considered to be on track, but not yet complete.
* The Marlins signed LHP Jeff Locke, formerly with the Pirates.
* As far as the starting pitching market on which the Rays had several to offer, the Nationals are saying they were interested only in Chris Sale not any other starters, while the White Sox are further adding to the market by now offering Jose Quintana.
* Rays manager Kevin Cash was scheduled - days ahead of time - to be first in the media room this morning, so it will be interesting to see what, if anything, he can about Wilson Ramos, with whom the Rays agreed late Tuesday on a two-year deal for $12.5-million, with $5.75-million in incentives.
* As the Rays look for an OF, one name to keep in mind that they have discussed is Travis Jankowski from the Padres. The Rangers are also said to be interested.
* There was no final word, but it appeared late Tuesday former Rays RHP Wade Davis was headed to the Cubs in exchange for OF Jorge Soler.
* More later.