Keppinger, Chavez, Blanton & Bay move at meetings
The big deals, meanwhile, remained on deck at baseball’s winter meetings.
The lone trade was minor, with Detroit sending left-hander Andy Oliver to Pittsburgh for a young catcher.
“Obviously, one of the bigger dominoes,” Daniels said. “Trying to get the first one to fall.”
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey keeps drawing attention. He lives near the Opryland Hotel and dropped in for a visit, though there’s no change in his situation. Signed for next season, he wants a new contract, while several clubs, including Boston, want to trade for the reigning NL Cy Young winner.
In the meantime, some deals loomed. No telling if any of them will get done before the meetings end Thursday with the Rule 5 draft for players left off 40-man rosters.
Also in the mix: Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, amid speculation Arizona is trying to get him in a multi-team swap.
All-Star third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets became the first player to step up to the brightly lit podium in the press room. Standing at the spot where trades and signings are usually announced, his appearance was expected.
Wright was in town to talk about his $138 million, eight-year contract, the largest in team history. The lifetime .301 hitter is a six-time All-Star and turns 30 in two weeks. A Mets fan growing up, Wright said he wanted to spend his entire career with the club.
“I’ve never pictured myself in a different uniform,” he said.
“It just feels like there’s so much unfinished business and I’d like to finish what I’ve started,” he added. “Honestly, it wouldn’t mean as much to me winning somewhere else as it would obviously winning here.”