If separating truth from rumor is a normal part of the winter
meetings, then consider the first day a normal day. Trades, rumors of
trades, and deals close at hand dotted the emotional landscape in
Indianapolis. To find an example of the frenzy you need look no farther
than early this afternoon. During a conversation overheard in a
corridor, came the rumor that the Detroit Tigers had reached a deal
with the New York Mets for pitcher Edwin Jackson. That turned out to be
untrue. Then, as quickly as that was laid to rest, word shot out that
the Tigers were close to a deal with the Yankees for Curtis Granderson,
and (yes, once again) Edwin Jackson.
Winter meetings. You gotta love them.
The Tigers were able to make two deals that will reach into next
season. They re-signed shortstop Adam Everett to a one-year, 1.55
million dollar deal. When it comes to plate appearances, Everett batted
a paltry .238. But, it is at short where he is needed most, and where he shines the most. His fielding percentage is .969. He has turned 70
double-plays, has had 161 put-outs, and he has 282 assists.
Earlier it was announced that a deal had been inked with Brad
Thomas, a left-handed pitcher. Thomas played the last two years in
The Tigers also traded pitcher Clay Rapada to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later, or for cash considerations.
Over the next few days, expect some big news as the Tigers appear to be up for just about anything.
The winter meetings will continue tomorrow.