NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As baseballs new Mr. Moneybags, Ned Colletti gets mentioned when almost any free agent is discussed this offseason.
Theres a perception that were in on a couple dozen starting pitchers, three dozen outfielders and infielders, 17, 18 catchers, the Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said.
People like to have us in. I guess it doesnt hurt to have us in, even though were not in. We may have to hire somebody next year just to tell everybody who were not in on, he said.
As teams headed home from the winter meetings Thursday, the biggest free agents were still on the market. The availability of slugger Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke held up decisions on other signings and possible trades involving Rangers star Michael Young and the Mets Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
The Yankees, quiet thus far, were pursuing former Boston star Kevin Youkilis and also met with the agent for Mark Reynolds.
With most clubs already packed up and leaving the sprawling, 2,881-room Opryland hotel, Philadelphia acquired outfielder Ben Revere from Minnesota for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Hamilton could remain with Texas, and Seattle seemed to be interested. Greinkes options include staying with the Los Angeles Angels, moving up the coast to the Dodgers or signing with the Rangers.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that after taking in information from other clubs and agents, it was time to return home and cool your jets.
There can be a domino affect, he said. I think when clubs are focusing on a certain position, a certain need, theres options out there. And once one option goes away, then that changes the landscape of what a club would want to do. Everybodys got their ducks lined up in a row, and its just a matter of how things fall. And theres timing involved.
The meeting wasnt much of a swap session. The Phillies-Twins deal was just the fourth trade over the four days.
Atlanta announced a one-year deal with outfielder Reed Johnson, and Texas said reliever Koji Uehara had reached an agreement with Boston.
As the meetings ended, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had made a $12 million offer to Youkilis, who would play third base while A-Rod recovers. The Phillies were trying to obtain Young. Arizona was listening to offers for outfielder Justin Upton.
It seems like when people leave the winter meetings, theres a bit of a quiet period, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said. People kind of get out of the frenzy, maybe take a step back and realize that maybe something they were talking about isnt such a good idea. Sometimes things get close and never end up happening.