December 6, 2010 by staff
Mark Reynolds, (AP) – Pat Gillick, it was really a great deal.The longtime manager whose jobs generally helped teams win three world championships in the series was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the Committee on Veterans combatants.
“It was on the hill,” the 73-year Gillick said during baseball’s winter meetings. “I loved going to work every day.”
The former player’s union head Marvin Miller fell one vote short. George Steinbrenner finished far behind – “some people thought it was too early,” Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, a committee member, said the owner of the late New York Yankees.
It was shaping up to be a busy day all of baseball.
The Red Sox have exchanged blows of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, sending minor league right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes outfielder and a player to be named to San Diego.
San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer, who has worked for the Red Sox under GM Theo Epstein, said the Padres were sure they would not have been able to sign Gonzalez after 2011. Rather than risk waiting for a deal next summer, Hoyer has decided to make a move now.
“There are many examples of trades at the deadline when a team does not have nearly what they thought they would receive simply because the market has not developed or because of injury “said Hoyer.” In this spirit, I felt like it was a good time to do it. ”
The Milwaukee Brewers have improved their rotation, reaching an agreement for right-hander Shaun Marcum Blue Jays infield prospect for Canadian Brett Lawrie.
A person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press that the agreement has been established. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he had not been officially announced at baseball’s winter meetings.
Marcum started for the Blue Jays opening day last season and was 13-8 with an ERA of 3.64. The pitcher turns 29 next week and missed the entire 2009 season after having Tommy John surgery.
The Baltimore Orioles have been active, also nearing a deal for first baseman Mark Reynolds of Arizona. Reynolds has averaged nearly 35 tracks for the last three years – he also hit over 200 times in each of those seasons.
Free agent Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford figure to attract much attention this week.
The last place Washington Nationals is the first case in this huge complex Disney reach agreement with the All-Star outfielder Jayson Werth on a $ 126 million, seven-year contract Sunday.
“To spend money wildly on people is not the issue. What we will do is create an atmosphere … to win,” Werth said a conference call.
Werth hit .296 with 27 channels, a 46 NL-leading doubles, 85 RBIs and a career-best 106 run last season. He parlayed that into an amazing deal for its size – both in terms of dollars and years.
“It’s a long time and much money,” the New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson joked. “I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington.”
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