Red Sox lead winter meetings winners while Angels are losers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It was one wild winter meetings. Only a handful of teams made major moves, but oh, what deals they were.
Without further ado, here are the winners and losers of the week:
They are also the agents for CC Sabathia, who can opt out of his seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees after next season. Sabathia loves New York but he could use that opt-out to his advantage.
There's really no chance they are going to try to outbid the Yankees and Rangers for No. 2 target Lee. Which means that they are down to Nos. 3 and 3A on their list (Beltre and closer Rafael Soriano) with no guarantee to get either. From their history they are a threat to continue to go home empty-handed, even with having a bit of a home-field advantage for Beltre (he still lives in Los Angeles from his Dodgers days). But take heart, Angels fans. GM Tony Reagins said they already made a big move, securing reliever Hisanori Takahashi on a two-year deal. He wasn't kidding, we think.
It's hard to bet against the team that has won two of the past three AL East titles, but they have an entire bullpen to rebuild (they stand to get two relievers for Bartlett), and one agent opined, "They are now a last-place team in that division.'' That may be a bit of an overstatement, even if they will be hard-pressed to get back to the playoffs.
If the Yankees fail to land Lee, their options are unappealing. They really don't want to force Greinke to go to New York, but if they lose Lee, they may have to revisit that possibility in light of the poor pitching options out there.