Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter Meetings Day 1: Halladay Hangs 'Em Up, Three Managers Immortalized

Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings began Monday in Orlando, Fla. today, and given the flurry of moves across the league already, these meetings should provide us with plenty of fireworks soon enough.

Day 1 was full of mixed emotions.  The first news of the day came from the expansion-era committee of the Hall of Fame, who elected managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre to baseball's highest honor.  The three managers have combined for 7,558 wins and eight World Series titles.

The next move was expected, but saddened most across the baseball world: Roy Halladay officially retired.  He signed a one-day contract with the team that drafted him, the Toronto Blue Jays.  Halladay pitched for the Jays from 1998-2009.

And don't worry, the rumor mill is still pumping out news left and right.  The Diamondbacks are looking at acquiring White Sox ace Chris Sale, even though Chicago has not made it clear they are willing to move Sale.  

Matt Kemp and his camp believe that a trade is forthcoming from the Dodgers, but no teams have stepped up their interest.

The Yankees and the Braves have shown interest in Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, but some reports indicate a high asking price for the right-hander.

Mike Carp has been drawing some serious interest from other teams, as has Stephen Drew.  

We will keep an eye on any potential deals and rumors throughout the Winter Meetings, so be sure to check back.

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