Winter Meeting Roundup

With the winter meetings now complete, here is a list of notable moves:

Shane Victorino

The Red Sox are doing their best to keep up with the Jones’.  Unfortunately they may have overpaid at 39M over 3 years.  Victorino has never once cracked the .300 plateau in his 9 year career.  His OBP also leaves something to be desired.

Grade: B-

Dan Haren – Nationals

Bought out by the Angels and signed by the Rangers for 13M, Haren may bolster an already impressive rotation.  When healthy, Haren is roughly a .500 pitcher and can eat up innings.

Grade: A

Joakim Soria – Rangers

Getting Soria for 2 years at 4M/year is a bit of a gamble after coming off of reconstructive elbow surgery.  The Rangers have reliever gaps to fill and are willing to see if Soria can come back strong this spring.

Grade: B+

Mike Napoli – Red Sox

Primarily playing 1B, Napoli should be able to put up some decent power numbers in Fenway.  At 13M/year Napoli becomes the third highest paid catcher after Joe Mauer and Brian McCann.

Grade: B+

Joe Blanton – Angels

Capable of going 200 innings in a season, not a bad fifth starter.

Grade: B-

Ben Revere – Phillies

A necessary trade for the Twins.  Minnesota needed pitching and got Vance Worley and Trevor May.  The Phillies got a CF and a leadoff hitter.

Grade:

Reed Johnson – Braves

1 year deal for the great bench player and hustle man.

Grade: B+

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