The Winter Meetings, once a collection of business men meeting to discuss business transactions, have spawned into a free-for-all of rumors, rumblings and reports, the majority of which never come true. Even if this is the busiest week of the Hot Stove season, the majority of the rumors that come out this season will be nothing more than that when the baseball world leaves Nashville in a few days.
So on that note, here are five rumors that have already come out that will not end up happening. Warning, Mets fans, your team is featured heavily on this list.
5 – Dee Gordon Gets Traded
The Dodgers have begun to listen to offers on young shortstop Dee Gordon, and every team without a long-term answer at shortstop has begun to imagine their team with the fastest player in baseball at the top of their lineup. It may happen, but he’s not going to come cheap and the Dodgers are in no hurry.
The Dodgers have the luxury of playing Hanley Ramirez at either shortstop or third base, depending on what else happens with their roster. If Gordon is still in L.A. and plays the way the Dodgers expected him to last season, then Ramirez could end up at third base.
At the moment, however, the Dodgers appear content with having Luis Cruz play third base and Ramirez at short, leaving Gordon on the outside looking in and possibly expendable. But with options left in the minors, the Dodgers aren’t forced to move him.
So they’ll listen, but nothing is guaranteed.
4 – Phillies Get a Center Fielder
The Phillies will get a center fielder, just don’t be so sure it happens while everyone is in Nashville. With B.J. Upton in Atlanta, Denard Span in Washington, and Angel Pagan in San Francisco, the options are running out for the Phillies.
The most obvious choice would seem to be Shane Victorino, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s jsut weird to see a player return as a free agent to a team that just traded him. But it’s a good fit.
The fact that it’s unusual means it will probably take some time, however, and means it probably won’t happen this week.
The Mets are shopping R.A. Dickey, and haven’t been shy about it. The problem is that they appear to be asking for the world (according to Adam Rubin and Joe McDonald of ESPN).
There have been rumors connecting the Mets to the Red Sox, with prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley in the discussion. Hate to break it to you, Mets fans, but you’re not getting both prospects for R.A. Dickey. Not during the Winter Meetings, or at any other time.
A trade could be had for one of them, likely Bradley as Bogaerts is regarded as one of the top power-hitting prospects in the game, but the Mets aren’t getting both.
The Diamondbacks have made no bones about the fact that they are shopping around outfielder Justin Upton, and are looking for a shortstop. The Braves, with young shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the need for an outfield bat, seemed like a perfect fit, even before Justin’s brother B.J. signed to be the Braves center fielder.
But the Braves have said that they are not trading Simmons, for Upton or anybody else, making him as close to untouchable as any player on their roster.
Upton will likely get traded this off-season, and maybe even this week, but it’s not going to be to the Braves if they are holding out for a shortstop, unless a third team gets involved.
1 – R.A. Dickey for Wil Myers
Here go the Mets fans again, getting all excited over a prospect they’re never going to get. The Royals have interest in Dickey and plenty of prospects to deal, but Myers isn’t going to New York for Dickey unless the Mets give up even more. The Royals do not want to give up a top-5 prospect in the game for a 38-year-old pitcher, even if he did just win a Cy Young Award.
As I wrote on MLB Prospect Watch over the weekend, there are plenty of options between the Mets and Royals to get a deal done, but Myers for Dickey straight-up isn’t going to happen.