Winter Meetings update — Day 4
It’s Day 4 of baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas and the Rule 5 Draft will take place today. Some of the Giants players that could be scooped up by other teams today include pitchers Justin Fitzgerald and Kelvin Marte; infielder Nick Noonan; outfielders Wendell Fairley and Juan Perez; and catchers Johnny Monell and Jackson Williams, all of whom were left exposed.
Oh. And some guy named Pujols just signed with the Angels for a few dollars.
Below is your daily digest on what the Giants are up to. Remember to refresh your browser often throughout the day. I will continue to update this page with the latest information as it becomes available (most recent items listed first; all times listed are Central Time Zone):
- 7:58 p.m. – Andrew Baggarly (San Jose Mercury News) says that Brandon Belt may start the year in Triple-A.
- 3:55 p.m. – Kevin Kaduk (Big League Stew) talks about the other big baseball news coming out of Los Angeles — a report that Dodgers first baseman James Loney was arrested on DWI charges last night. After reading Duk’s article, it sounds like it may have not been alcohol that Loney was under the influence of.
- 2:54 p.m. – Ken Rosenthal (FOX Sports) reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have inked shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who a week ago was rumored to be coming to San Francisco. Consider that one more dagger in the back of anyone trying to tell you Brandon Crawford will not be the Giants shortstop in 2012.
- 2:37 p.m. – John Shea (San Francisco Chronicle) says that Emmanuel Burriss will play all over the infield and even in the outfield. The Giants like his versatility and think he’s finally ready to contribute, Shea tweets.
- 2:32 p.m. – Shea also believes the Giants will almost certainly keep right-handed batter Brett Pill on a team stocked with southpaw hitters. While the Giants used him solely as a first baseman last year, it is important to note that Pill logged 57 games at second base in Triple-A Fresno before he was called up.
- 1:08 p.m. – Troy Renck (Denver Post) thinks the Rockies are interested in Michael Cuddyer and Cody Ross.
- 10:31 a.m. – ESPN’s Jay Crasnick says now that the Cardinals have lost Albert Pujols, they should go after Carlos Beltran and Jimmy Rollins, both of whom are also represented by Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano. The Giants publicly stated yesterday that they are maxed out on their $130 million budget and won’t pursue either. Jon Heyman (SI.com), meanwhile, thinks the Cards should think about Prince Fielder.
- 10:28 a.m. – Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Damon Andrews on CSN Bay Area’s “Morning Minute” today that newest acquisition Angel Pagan ”is a very exciting player and way, way above-average runner. A guy we will use at the top of the order.”
- 10:14 a.m. – 19 years ago today, Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds signed the then-richest contract in Major League history when he agreed to a 6-year, $43 million contract to play for the Giants. C.J. Wilson just signed a 5-year, $75 million deal with the Angels. As for Pujols? He only got $260 million. Poor chap. #OccupyMLB?
- 9:40 a.m. – Baggarly reports that the Giants did not lose anybody in the Rule 5 draft this morning. However, they did snag right-hander Luis Rojas from the Mets. Full story here.
- 9:30 a.m. — In case you missed my appearance on Mike Silva’s New York Baseball Digest radio program yesterday, we talked about the Angel Pagan trade to San Francisco in detail. You can access an archived copy of the show here. My interview with Mike and co-host Howard Megdal begins at the 17:21 mark.
- 9:00 a.m. — The Giants have 11 players eligible for arbitration. The list includes: Pagan, Jeff Keppinger, Mike Fontenot, Eli Whiteside, Emmanuel Burriss, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval, Nate Schierholtz, and Ryan Vogelsong. All of these players are due for raises. If I had to guess on who won’t be tendered a contract offer by Sunday night’s deadline, I’d say Keppinger (who is very limited on defense and someone the Giants have been desperately trying to trade this past week) and Whiteside (who they don’t want or need).