- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. (AP) - With the winter meetings off to a slow start, Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York’s baseball rivalry.

Granderson was introduced by the Mets on Tuesday after completing a $60 million, four-year contract, a rare direct switch from the Yankees to their rival in Queens.

“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets’ fans,” he said at a news conference. “So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

On the second day of the four-day swap session, there was talk of a possible three-team trade among Anaheim, Arizona and White Sox that would send Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, Hector Santiago to the Angels and Adam Eaton to Chicago.

Free agent outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers were closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not been completed and the player is to have a physical.

Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox made the biggest news Monday, an indication of the timeout in the trade-and-signings market. The trio of retired managers was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday in a unanimous vote by the expansion era committee. The other big news was the retirement of two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay after 16 seasons at age 36.

But after all the deals last week, there were almost no new transactions.

David Price still was being dangled on the trade market by the Tampa Bay Rays. Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz could be signed for a large pile of cash.

“Maybe there’s a little bit of calm after the storm, and the next storm is a few days away,” Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. “We’ll see. Something will happen while everyone’s here, but maybe it’s a little lower volume than some other years just because so much has already happened.”

Two years from free agency, Price is the most high-profile player mentioned in trade talks this week. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner had a salary of $10,112,500 this year, nearly one-sixth the payroll of the attendance-challenged Rays.

“This is how we have to operate within our little world,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “So if it were to happen, it’s one of those that’s almost the word `devastating’ in a sense, but we have to recover from those kind of moments, if it does actually occur.”

Price would join James Shields, Matt Garza, Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton among players who left the Rays, whose average home attendance of 18,646 was the lowest in the major leagues.

Few fans means tight cash flow.

“Just think if you could have kept all those guys for several years and keep them together for maybe 15 years like the Yankees did starting in 1995, `96 to present time,” said Maddon, who’s been touring the United States in an RV.

“I do commit myself to that thought on occasion, but the reality is that’s not the way it is. So I don’t lament that. I’m really happy for the guys that once they’ve done well here, they go somewhere else and do well and make good money for themselves and their family,” he said.

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