Winter Meetings Rundown: Day 4
December 8, 2011
|Josh Willingham (Photo: AP)|
Aside from the announcements of the Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson signings this morning and of course the Rule 5 Draft, it was a very quiet final day at the Winter Meetings. Here is a quick rundown of any new developments involving the Indians or that may affect them.
The Indians left the Winter Meetings without making a deal. This should come as no surprise as the Winter Meetings are quite often hijacked by all the hoopla surrounding the wheeling and dealing with the top free agents, and of course the Indians are never in on any of the top guys. Now that some of the big dominoes in free agency have fallen and the arbitration decisions have been made, I think we will start to see more signings and trades announced very soon. The Indians have been working diligently looking for any option possible to add to their team to improve it in 2011, and the groundwork by all of those talks could bear fruit later this week or month. The Indians may still announce a deal before the end of the day, but if so, it will probably only be a minor league deal.
A lot of people have been upset with the lack of rumors regarding the Indians. This is always the case as they run a tight ship by edict of former General Manager Mark Shapiro and current General Manager Chris Antonetti where they simply do not discuss potential trades or signings with the media. There are a few rare exceptions, but they are often very vague and not very forthcoming with what they are up to. Anytime you do see a rumor with the Indians, 95% of the time it is agent driven where the agent has informed the media that the Indians have talked to their client. This is a game agents play to put pressure on other teams by getting their client
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