It’s been a busy day for both the White Sox and the Cubs at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The Chicago White Sox began by signing free agent closer David Robertson to a four-year, $46 million contract. In 2014, Robertson replaced Mariano Rivera as the closer of the New York Yankees saving 39 games. Robertson fanned 96 batters in only 64 1/3 innings pitched. However, rookie Dellin Bettances was even more impressive. If Robertson stayed in New York, he would be constantly looking over his shoulder. Robertson has a much longer leash on Chicago’s South Side. As for the Yankees, Bettances becomes the new closer with newly signed free agent Andrew Miller, who split 2014 between the Red Sox and Orioles, becoming the eighth inning set up man.
The Chisox then completed a six player trade with the Oakland A’s acquiring starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Of course, it is a return to Chicago for Samardzija who pitched his entire career with the Cubs until being dealt to Oakland during the trade deadline last July. Don’t be fooled by Samardzija’s 7-13 record. His ERA was a sterling 2.99 and he struck out 202 batters in 219 2/3 innings. Samardzija joins Chris Sale at the top of the rotation. Samardzija and Sale and pray for hail?
The Cubs got in on the action by acquiring catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Montero isn’t Russell Martin, but he is a two-time All-Star with decent pop in his bat.
Yesterday, the A’s traded Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians. After stints with the Red Sox, Pirates and Phillies, Moss came of age with Oakland in 2012 and has been a key power figure in the A’s lineup. Now I think Moss could be the final piece of the puzzle for an AL pennant.
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