Today started as a normal day. School, work, Mets fans complaining on Twitter. That was as normal as the day got, as the baseball world exploded. Trades, signings, more trades and then more signings. It was too much to keep track of. For those of you who might have missed a move or two, here is a quick recap (all of these are according to multiple reports):
- Late last night/early this morning the A’s aquired CP Jim Johnson from the Orioles for 2B/INF Jemile Weeks .
- The Boston Red Sox signed C A.J. Pierzynski to a 1-year, $8.25 million contract.
- Detroit Tigers signed CL Joe Nathan to a deal reportedly worth $20 million over two years.
- The A’s were back at it, acquiring OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom from the Texas Rangers in exchange for OF Michael Choice and INF Chris Bostick.
- A three-way deal between the Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona D-Backs saw RHP Justin Choate and PTBNL get sent to Arizona, CL Heath Bell and C Ryan Hanigan(along with cash) to the Rays. The Reds received LHP David Holmberg.
- Billy Beane wasn’t done after all, then trading OF Seth Smith to the Padres in return for RHP Luke Gregerson.
- Then the Houston Astros joined the fray, acquiring OF Dexter Fowler from the Rockies. They sent OF Brandon Barnes and RHP Jordan Lyles in return to Colorado.
- And as most of you know, the move of the night. The Yankees agreed to a 7-year, $153 million contract with OF Jacoby Ellsbury.
Boy, what a day. And I’m sure by the time this article is up, another move will happen (and as I write this, the Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln). But this is what makes baseball the greatest sport on earth. In no other off-season can you see eight different transactions where 18 different players changed teams. The baseball off-season is no time to relax. At any given moment, a team can strike a trade or a signing that can change the complexity of the sport. Now, guys like Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo and Curtis Granderson are looking at other teams besides the Yankees. Questions now are being asked as to where Robinson Cano might go. One day of activity has flipped the baseball world upside down.
All of this has taken place still six days away from the Winter Meetings, where things are supposed to heat up. Well they already have, and it’s only going to get even more hectic. This is what makes the baseball off-season so fun for me, a fan of the game of baseball. My team made no signings or trades today, but I’m still just as exciting writing this article as I would be if it were the Mets agreeing to a contract with Jacoby Ellsbury.