I know that Shane doesn’t care about trade rumors or the winter meetings, but I certainly do.
The Winter Meetings are underway down in DC. Meanwhile, I’m sitting in New York following every move because it’s the closest thing to baseball that I have right now. Today, we saw a few signings worth noting:
Mark Melancon: Signed to a 4-year, (about) $62 million deal with the Giants. Melancon recorded 47 saves with a 1.64 ERA in 2016 between the Pirates and Nationals. This is a pretty logical move, as the San Francisco bullpen was less than stellar this year.
Rich Hill: Signed back with the Dodgers with a 3-year, $48 million contract. Hill put up a 1.83 ERA with a .79 WHIP after being traded from the Athletics to the Dodgers last season. Not bad for a guy who was pitching for the Long Island Ducks just two years ago.
Steve Pearce: Signed a 2-year, $12.5 million deal with the Blue Jays. Pearce split time between the Rays and Orioles in the 2016 season. This signing pretty much confirmed that we’ll be seeing Joey Bats and Encarnacion in new uniforms next season.
And, in my opinion, the most shocking news of the day – Starting in the 2020 season, Under Armour will be the new uniform provider of Major League Baseball. I could another article just about that, and probably will.
Monday held some big contracts from the winter meetings, and I have no doubt that the next few days will be just as exciting. With big names such as Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, Andrew McCutchen, and Chris Sale still on the table, there’s still more off-season action on the way.