Hot Stove: Winter Meetings Day One Buzz

December 7, 2009

Here’s all the latest new, rumors and buzz around the winter meetings:

When will teams learn their lesson with Bradley? (Kimberly*/Flickr)

• In the day’s biggest rumor, implied the Rays had inquired about Roy Halladay’s availability and that they may even be willing to part with center fielder BJ Upton and prized pitching prospect Wade Davis. While the Rays deny any discussion of these players, it begs the question of it would even be worth it or not. We all know Upton has star potential and Davis has incredible stuff (click here for my scouting report on him from last year) so unless the Rays could guarantee he would sign an extension, I think the price tag may be too high for only one season. Of course this would all be a moot point if it’s a false claim.

• It now looks as if it will be official that Carl Pavano will accept the arbitration offer from the Minnesota Twins and he will return to be part of their rotation in 2010. This will most likely end any effort of theirs to sign free agents Rich Harden or Jarrod Washburn.

• The Milwaukee Brewers appear to be pushing hard to bring lefty Randy Wolf to their rotation. Wolf is the best left hander available this winter which is why the Mets also appear to be sniffing around the veteran.

• A Brad Penny/St. Louis Cardinals partnership looks like it is on the verge of finalizing with a rumored $7.5 million base salary along with an additional $1.5 in incentives. This is an important contract for the rest of the starting pitchers out there as it will most likely set the tone for the rest of the winter in regards to contracts.

• Besides the Rangers and Rays ties to Milton Bradley, according to there are potentially “2 or 3” other teams who may also be involved in acquiring Bradley. My question is, don’t these teams pay attention to what goes on around the league and what Bradley has done?

• The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be on the verge of Mark DeRosa, Joel Pineiro and Matt Holliday declining their arbitration offers. The Cardinals are still interested in DeRosa, claim to be interested in Holliday and most likely will lose Pineiro due to what he will likely earn in the open market as well as their potential signing of Brad Penny.

More updates tomorrow…