Winners and losers from a wild week at the Winter Meetings
The funniest moment of the baseball Winter Meetings happened when a minor league executive absentmindedly walked into a reflecting pool of the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Of course, given the blanket coverage of sports these days, a reflection itself of the game's health, the happenstance was captured by multiple cameras.
Taking the plunge was as good a metaphor as anything for the week of baseball business, though as we saw last year (Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn), such plunges come with the risk of embarrassment. The money flowed, albeit from unusual places. Here is a quick scorecard of the winners and losers of the week.
And remember this: With a new TV deal and new owner, the Dodgers just might be the Angels of the winter meetings next year, when the potential free agents include Josh Hamilton, Matt Cain, Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels.