Whenever there’s a trade that fans perceive as being one-sided, fans will often wonder why their team didn’t get involved in negotiations. The beginning of a recent SportsNet.ca interview withBlue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos shows why that might not be as easy as it sounds. Anthopoulos says Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told him that the Jays simply didn’t have the players he wanted in a trade for Doug Fister. Detroit eventually sent Fister to the Nationals for Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi and Robbie Ray. That Dombrowski apparently didn’t think the Blue Jays could beat that package might seem surprising, but it appears the Tigers simply had a very clear idea what they wanted, and it wasn’t possible for the Jays to enter a higher bid. Here are more notes on the AL. The Orioles didn’t have an easy time dealing Jim Johnson, a source tells Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Other teams weren’t eager to trade for a closer making a hefty salary, so the offers the O’s received were underwhelming. The Orioles would give up their first-round draft pick — No
The Padres announced Wednesday that they will play the Mexico City Red Devils on March 27 in an exhibition game at Petco Park.
The A’s have designated left-hander Andrew Werner for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Scott Kazmir, the team announced on Twitter. Werner, 26, was one of two players received by the A’s in their trade of Tyson Ross to the Padres. The University of Indianapolis product spent the entire season in Triple-A this season and struggled to the tune of a 5.78 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9. Right-handed batters tagged him for a .901 OPS, but he was able to hold lefties in check reasonably well, limiting them to a more respectable .688 OPS in 2013.
Padres prospect Keyvius Sampson has improving command and control to go along with mound presence and confidence that serve him well. He won’t be an ace. He may be in the middle or the back end of the rotation, but he can help as a potential starting pitcher.
In what was one of the more exciting days in recent Hot Stove history, nearly two dozen players changed teams Tuesday, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan and A.J. Pierzynski.
The Rockies didn’t waste much time using the payroll flexibility they created Tuesday afternoon to move close to a two-year deal with free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau on Tuesday night.
With baseball’s Hot Stove at a full boil and the Winter Meetings looming next week, free-agent first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart, coming off two knee surgeries this year, has been medically cleared and is ready to figure out where he’ll suit up next season.
New Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is as professional as he is durable, even if polls have shown that he is unpopular among his peers.
The Astros and Rockies pulled off a trade Tuesday, with Houston acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and starting pitcher Jordan Lyles.
The Padres have acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the A’s in exchange for right-hander Luke Gregerson in a one-for-one swap, according to Chris Kusiolek (on Twitter). Multiple national outlets have confirmed the report, including FOX Sports and Yahoo Sports. Smith, 31, batted .253/.329/.391 with eight home runs in 410 plate appearances for Oakland this season. Always a better hitter against right-handed pitching, he continued that trend in 2013, posting a .748 OPS against right-handers and just a .621 mark against lefties. For his career, Smith has mashed right-handers to the tune of a .279/.357/.487 batting line. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected Smith to earn $4.3MM this offseason in his final round of arbitration. He’s eligible for free agency next winter.