Winter meetings report: Fame, for starters
The winter meeting get underway officially this morning, and the first act of business is the annoucement of results of the Hall of Fame voting by the expansion era committee.
Tampa native Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox form a trio of impressive candidates after their impressive managerial careers.
Rays officials arrived Sunday night, and are sure to be popular targets for conversation, as ace LHP David Price is considered the most prized player in the game available in trade.
The Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Mariners and Rangers are considered the teams most likely to be interested and capable of making a deal, in terms of having the talent the Rays would want back and the money to pay Price. The Padres, Pirates, Braves and Cubs are also possibilities.
As they decide whether to trade Price, the Rays are looking for a first baseman. They would like to have free agent James Loney back, but with reports he is seeking a theee-year deal for $27- to 30-million, they have to consider other options.
The Mets have two first baseman, in Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday they are hoping to trade one shortly. Other trade possibiltiies include Logan Morrison (Miami), Mitch Moreland (Texas), Adam Lind (Blue Jays), Justin Smoak (Mariners), Mark Trumbo (Angels).
Other free agent possibilities include Lyle Overbay, Corey Hart, Kevin Youkilis, Mark Reynolds.
The Rays also are expected to trade C Jose Lobaton, who became available when they acquired Ryan Hanigan in trade.