If you missed Day One of the baseball winter meetings, I’m afraid you didn’t miss much.
The biggest news from yesterday that actually solidified into a couple of signings was Ivan Rodriguez signing with the Washington Nationals (WTF?) and Brad Penny inking a one year deal with the Cardinals which could be worth upwards of $9 million dollars (double WTF).
The latest Roy Halladay rumour that has been cooked up is Doc going to the Tampa Bay Rays for B.J. Upton and pitching prospect Wade Davis. In turn, since the Jays already have an overpaid unproductive centre fielder, they would trade Upton to another team and gain some more prospects that way.
Don’t count on this trade having legs because it does not fulfill the first Roy Halladay requirement, which is a chance to win. Yes, the Rays have posted back to back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history, but they are not going back to the World Series any time soon.
The Rays obviously train and play the regular season in Florida, however that is secondary on the priority list for Doc. Members on both sides of the Jays and Rays blogosphere are shaking their heads in disbelief at the thought of this trade, and so are the experts.
Sad to say this, but we will miss the sprinting power of Rod Barajas next season. He officially declined arbitration and according to MLBTR is being targeted by the Kansas City Royals. My personal favourite Barajas moment is pictured left – you can relive the magic over at the Te of Inglett.