Here are the morning news and notes from Winter Meetings – Monday Morning Edition.
Lee Smith and Harold Baines were elected to the Hall of Fame last night by the Today’s Game Era Committee. For both Baines and Smith it has to feel like sweet justice. Baines was one of the first original DH’s in the league. Lee Smith was one of the last closers to have 3 inning saves. His chances had been hurt getting in by the writers because he played on so many teams. Lee Smith found out while he was on his tractor. He says he wants to see John Franco in now. Lou Piniella missed the Hall of Fame by 1 vote.
Many teams have asked the Cubs about Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs are not willing to move him. He still remains untouchable. This could be for a few reasons. One reason could be because they feel his stock is too low and they would not get enough for him or they could feel he truly can be better than his .238 average. Either way potential gets you no where as the sample size gets bigger and his lifetime average is .228.
The Braves could be interested in bringing Craig Kimbrel back.
Dennis Lin of the Athletic reports the Padres have an interest in Marwin Gonzalez. The Padres also have a long standing interest in J.T. Realmuto. They would be a team that would have the prospects to land him.
The Giants are not even close on trading Madison according to Jon Paul Morosi.
The Dodgers are among 6 teams that are interested in David Robinson, who is 33 years old. I can only see him getting a 2 – 3 year deal at the most.
The Texas Rangers have been in contact with Martin Perez this winter. They had declined his option this year. They still have an interest in resigning him just not at $7.5 million that he would have received. The Rangers will also let Isiah Kiner-Falefa focus on catching this winter according to T.R. Sullivan.
The Orioles are still looking for a manager. They interviewed Mike Redmond yesterday and plan on interviewing about 6 more candidates which include the Cubs Brandon Hyde and the Astros Chip Hale.
The Dodgers have in interest in moving Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Joc Peterson according to Bob Nightengale.