Tuesday was full of fun, as baseball's annual Winter Meetings was at full force at the Swan and Dolphin hotel in Orlando, Florida. To keep you updated on baseball's latest news and rumors, here is a quick recap of Tuesday's action.
For our recap of day one, click here.
- The Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies swapped pitchers, as Oakland sent oft-injured starter Brett Anderson to Colorado in exchange for former 4th overall pick Drew Pomeranz and minor leaguer Chris Jensen. The move is viewed by many as a fair deal, with the Rockies netting a high-risk/high-reward ground ball machine, and the Athletics receiving a cost-controlled young starter.
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- The Detroit Tigers reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Rajai Davis on a two-year deal worth around $10 million. Tyler Drenon wrote about how the signing gives Detrioit added roster flexibility.
- The Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-team mega-deal involving slugger Mark Trumbo, among others. Arizona, who had been looking for a power bat, acquired Trumbo and prospects Brandon Jacobs and AJ Schugel in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton (sent to Chicago) and young southpaw Tyler Skaggs (Angels). The Angels also received starting pitcher Hector Santiago from the White Sox. Our own Rich MacLeod looked at the industry's reaction to the news.
- Former Athletics and Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder has announced that he will attempt to make a comeback. The 36-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2008. After a promising start to his big league career, shoulder injuries led Mulder to previously retire at age 31.
- First baseman Corey Hart is nearing a decision on where he will play next season. The Milwaukee Brewers have expressed a strong desire in retaining the two-time All-Star.
- The Atlanta Braves and Eric O'Flaherty have expressed mutual interest in reuniting. The left-handed reliever pitched just 18 innings last season as he succumbed to Tommy John surgery in May.
- The Seattle Mariners have shown interest in free agent closer Fernando Rodney, who has been with the Rays for the past two years. Seattle's bullpen was quite horrific in 2013 as the staff combined to post the second-worst ERA in the league.
- Entering his final season of team control, Justin Masterson has recently popped up as a potential trade candidate. The Indians' All-Star was outstanding in 2013, as he went 14-10 with a 2.45 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 193 innings.
- The Baltimore Orioles have emerged as the favorite to land free agent closer Grant Balfour. The Australian born reliever has been with the A's since 2011. The Orioles are looking to shore up the back of their bullpen following their trading of Jim Johnson earlier this winter.
- Prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has still yet to be posted. The Rakuten Golden Eagles' president Yozo Tachibana arrived in Orlando Tuesday, but he has yet to make an announcement regarding the club's decision to post Tanaka or keep him for another year.
- The Diamondbacks have reportedly offered Joba Chamberlain a one-year, $3 million contract. The Indians, Tigers, Rockies, and Cubs are among the other squads interested in the former Yankee.
- In an effort to improve their starting rotation, the Blue Jays have shopped outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 27-year-old former top prospect is heading into his final year of arbitration eligibility and will become a free agent at the end of the season.
- Despite Tuesday's blockbuster, the Diamondbacks aren't settled just yet, as the team has turned its attention to acquiring a front-line starter. It is unclear who Arizona is targeting, but it seems logical that they could make a run at signing Matt Garza, or trading for one of David Price and Jeff Samardzija.
- With Robinson Cano now in the fold, the Mariners are considering trading former second overall pick Dustin Ackley, who has yet to establish himself in Seattle. The Padres, Mets, and Yankees are among the interested parties.
- Reliever Matt Thornton is drawing interest from as many as 7 teams according to Chris Cotillo. The Nationals are apparently among the teams involved in the 37-year-old.
- The Philadelphia Phillies have opened shop and will officially be taking offers for pitchers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, as well as outfielder Dominic Brown. While both Lee and Hamels are among the best left-handers in the game, each are saddled with expensive contracts, making it unlikely that they receive a significant return without the Phillies picking up some of their salary. Brown, who enjoyed a breakout season last year, is just 27 and has four years of team control remaining, making him a more appealing target.
- Lastly, the market for free agent starter Bronson Arroyo is heating up. Several clubs, including the Mets and Reds, are working had to get a deal done.