The MLB winter meetings are on in our nation’s capital, and rumors are swirling across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing. ? Winter Meetings Daily
Cashman said the Yankees need to be “bright” and “right,” but with this move, they are committing too many years to a player who is not exactly a need right now. They have Dellin Betances, who has had three All-Star appearances in three seasons.
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There is a theory that Betances could not handle the closer role because he struggled after Chapman and Andrew Miller were traded. That probably had more to do with Joe Girardi’s running Betances into the ground than the pressure mounting on Betances’ broad shoulders.
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Moreland, who won a Gold Glove this year, could push Hanley Ramirez into more of a designated-hitter role. After posting only a .720 OPS, Moreland isn’t likely in position to command more than a one-year deal — no small detail for a Red Sox team that is determined to stay below the $195 million luxury-tax threshold. The Cleveland Indians also have some interest as an alternative to free agent Mike Napoli.
Jim Bowden’s take: The White Sox got the absolute maximum return possible in a Chris Sale deal, with headliners Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech coming back from Boston. The Red Sox have put themselves in position to be the team to beat in the American League.
White Sox get a big haul from BOS — and it’s a step down for what they asked for in July, which included Betts and Benintendi.
Jerry Crasnick’s take: Now that the White Sox have traded Chris Sale to Boston, it’s only natural that general manager Rick Hahn will auction off some of his other veteran pieces in the quest to get younger, cheaper and more athletic. Frazier will be a free agent after the 2017 season, and he’s a logical Plan B if the Dodgers are unable to reach an agreement with free agent Justin Turner. At last check, Turner was Los Angeles’ preferred option at third base. But a source said the Dodgers are “aggressively” exploring their alternatives at the position.
Popular theory in the industry: CWS pushed/leaked Nats to the brink of a deal for Sale, then took that leverage to BOS to get last pieces.