Psst. Hey you. Yeah, you. Did ya hear? The baseball Winter Meetings are going on. Yep, right his minute. In fact, they started yesterday. Whattayamean you didn't know? It's the biggest thing going on in baseball all winter! You can follow the action here: SBNation MLB Trade Rumors. Or you can read about it here in tomorrow's Halolinks. All of today's news...just a day later.
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- From the Office of the Obviously Obvious comes this post: Josh Hamilton needs to have a bounce-back season for Angels - LA Times, "The Angels and a national television audience saw the worst of Josh in October, when Hamilton, his timing obviously off after not playing for almost a month, looked overmatched during a three-game division series sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, as he went hitless in 13 at-bats." Wait a minute...Raul Ibanez got 190 plate appearances last season and hit .157/.258/.265. Vernon Wells received a whooping 791 plate appearances while hitting a terrible .222/.258/.409. The problem isn't having players performing badly, it's having badly performing players getting so many plate appearances. At what point does the team reassess when the bouce-back hasn't bounced?
- This generated a lot of interest yesterday as fans were a little excited about the news Wilson could possibly get dealt. I don't think it was so much they were eager to get rid of Wilson, but rather, they were looking forward to the next move most likely to happen if he were traded; the addition of either Lester, Scherzer, or Shields: C.J. Wilson trade rumors are false, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says - LA Times, "We have not picked up the phone and offered C.J. Wilson around to the league, at a reduced cost or any other," Dipoto said near the end of his first day at the winter meetings Monday. "We find C.J. to be an asset, even coming off what has been his worst year as a starting pitcher." But wait, then there was this quote: "But Dipoto said he has had only one conversation with another club regarding Wilson this winter, in the week after the World Series, "and that discussion lasted all of 10 minutes," Dipoto said. "We moved on, and we never revisited it." So the rumor wasn't "completely" false. There was some talk about moving Wilson.
- Within the OC Register's post regarding Wilson rumors was this tidbit: Angels GM Dipoto denies rumors Wilson is on trading block - The Orange County Register, "Among the infielders who would make the most sense for the Angels are Detroit’s Eugenio Suarez, St. Louis’ Pete Kozma, Colorado’s Josh Rutledge and Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez." Umm, Emilio Bonafacio? Why are we not hearing about any interest in Bonafacio??
- Nice Guy Alden talked about the Meetings:
- Wanna have dinner with Matt Shoemaker? You'll get a chance to ask him which nickname he prefers; "Ol' Shoey" or "Shoebacca": LUNGevity Auction: Los Angeles Angels - Dinner with Matt Shoemaker During Spring Training - MLB Auction, "The winning bidder will receive two (2) tickets to a mutually agreed upon Spring Training game during 2015. Following the game, the winning bidder and a guest will join Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker for dinner (location TBD, alcoholic beverages not included). Please note, this package does not include lodging or transportation to Tempe, AZ, Spring Training home of the Angels. If you're not interested in dining with Ol' Shoey Shoebacca, you can pay to shack this guy's hand...but it'll cost you a lot more:MLB Auction
- The White Sox are getting serious: White Sox To Sign David Robertson – MLB Trade Rumors, "Robertson’s deal is worth $46MM over four years, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com" and this guy:
Dave Robertson's deal with the White Sox is four years, $46 million with limited no-trade protection.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 9, 2014
- The Shark returns to Chicago, it's just the other Chicago: White Sox reportedly acquire Samardzija from A's - MLB.com, "According to CBSSports.com, the deal sending the right-hander to the South Side was complete as of Monday night, and included infielder Marcus Semien going to Oakland along with two prospects. The San Francisco Chronicle reported right-hander Chris Bassitt to be part of the deal."
- Today should be a busy day for rumor gathering and reporting. As the headline notes, once Lester goes, the other dominoes should start falling: Once Lester picks team, rest of desired arms will fall into place - FOX Sports, "Barring a late change, Lester will choose between the Cubs and Giants, sources told Fox Sports on Monday. But no team had been eliminated as of late Monday night. The delay in Lester’s decision is partly attributable to several ownerships needing to sign off on their final bids, and it is not out of the question that the process could stretch into Wednesday, sources said."
- Any of you Asian baseball following guys know much about this player? Mets, Giants, A's, other clubs eye top Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang - CBSSports.com, "Kang has consistently put up huge numbers in Korea and posted an amazing .364/.457/.733 slash line in 2014 for the Nexen Heores, hitting 39 home runs in 116 games. The big question is how those numbers translate, which is why he could be viewed as a bargain by some." Should the Angels have some interest? IF not, how about this guy as a bench/utility player?
Agent terry bross says dan uggla intends to make a comeback, and five teams are interested.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2014
- If I weren't so lazy, I'd be all over creating a Bobby Grich HOF movement, but I doubt it'd get very far. These guys seem to have a different idea of what the Hall of Fame should be: The Veterans Committee can't seem to get it right. - SportsonEarth.com : Brian Kenny Article, "So what do they do with this "Golden Era" committee? They stacked it with eight players -- half of the 16-man panel. It became seven of 16 when Dave Dombrowski subbed for Bob Watson. I have nothing against any of these players, or anything against committee members like Pat Gillick or Roland Hemond, whose baseball acumen is unmatched. But come on, with an entire industry devoted to comparative analysis in baseball, you have just one actual historian/analyst on the panel? We have Bill James, John Thorn, and Rob Neyer churning out volume after volume on baseball history and the Hall of Fame, and the only historian that finds his way onto the committee is Steve Hirdt of Elias? Really?"
- As some of you know, I live in Wisconsin. I don't drink beer. I'm the only one in the entire state: Police Were Busy At Lambeau Field, "Thirty-six people were ejected from Lambeau Field during last night's win over the Falcons, and 11 more were arrested. Those are both the second-highest marks on the season, trailing only the 44 ejections at the Jets game in September and the 16 arrests when the Bears came to town last month."
I reinstalled Windows on my computer over the weekend which resulted in me losing all of the feeds I use to create these daily posts. I'll be spending the next few days finding the previous feeds, but I'm also interested in adding some I may have missed before. If you have a favorite site you visit, and would like to see content from there added to Halolinks, please post the link in the comment section. It doesn't have to be about baseball, but needs to be family-friendly.