Dec 12, 2014 3:37 AM
MLB Winter Meetings Things to Know
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) Some things to know from Major League Baseball's winter meetings, which wrapped up on Thursday:
FINISH WITH A FLOURISH
The winter meetings ended with a flurry of big deals that realigned the stars. Hours after late night deals sent All-Star Howie Kendrick across Los Angeles from the Angels to Dodgers and the Dodgers sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to Miami, teams were at it again at sunrise. The Marlins acquired Mat Latos from the Reds, who also sent starter Alfredo Simon to Detroit. Soon after, the Tigers shipped Rick Porcello to Boston for Yoenis Cespedes.
DOT THOSE I's AND CROSS THE T's
With the winter meetings taking place at a hotel about a 10 minute walk from Petco Park, the Padres were determined to make some noise. Boy, did they. Most awoke Thursday to the news of pending deal in which they would acquire Dodgers star outfielder Matt Kemp. Los Angeles would send catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million of the $107 million still remaining on Kemp's contract to San Diego. The Dodgers would get catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers. The Dodgers are also working on a swap with Philadelphia that would land them 2007 NL MVP shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
STRICTLY BY THE NUMBERS
Twelve trades involving 44 players were made over the four days, according to Major League Baseball, up from five swaps last year and three in 2012. There hadn't been this many trades at a winter meetings since 2006. The Angels, Dodgers, White Sox and Marlins each were involved in three official deals, by either trade or free-agent signing.
COME ON KNOCK ON OUR DOOR
Detroit and Cincinnati made a trade on the final day of the meetings, and proximity may have played a part. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and Reds GM Walt Jocketty ended up with rooms across the hall from each other. The old friends spent a lot of time paying each other visits in PJs and slippers, perhaps? while working on the swap that sent Simon to Detroit for Reds minor league right-hander Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez. "We made the deal in the hallway," Jocketty joked.