Winter Meetings – Day 3
Well the official close of the winter meetings is on Thursday with the Rule 5 draft looming, but Wednesday had plenty of big news afterall.
The Tigers stole most of the attention when their contingent arrived to announce the trade for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrell Willis was now official. A press conference allowed manager Jim Leyland to discuss his newly revamped team. Tigers fans should certainly be in high hopes come this spring.
Otherwise, it was a slow day in the lobby. Several teams packed up early and were gone by late afternoon. Braves GM Frank Wren spent some time this afternoon discussing the state of the union but there was really nothing further to report.
The day ended with a somewhat familiar bang though. Reports have surfaced now that Andruw Jones has agreed to a 2-year $36 million deal with the LA Dodgers. San Diego and Kansas City may have shown the most interest other than the Dodgers, who will plug Jones into center for the next two seasons. Juan Pierre will likely slide to left and Matt Kemp will more than likely be given the right field job.
Jones stays in the NL and embarks on a new chapter in his career, one that will include the familiar face of former teammate Rafael Furcal. The Braves will not recieve compensation for Jones new LA contract because the team did not offer him salary arbitration. The deal could be announced as early as tomorrow, but nothing is certain.
More on that and the final day of the meetings tomorrow.