Aug 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) plays catch on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

What we learned at the Winter Meetings: Day Two

The annual Winter Meetings went through their second day today and while it wasn’t extremely busy, some deals still managed to happen. Were the Milwaukee Brewers a part of any transactions or was it another quiet day for the Brew Crew?


The one thing we learned from today was that general manager Doug Melvin has no interest in trading third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Despite the rumors floating about that the Brewers would part ways with the veteran, Melvin assured reporters that the Brew Crew were not going to trade him. According to Tom Haudricourt, Melvin said he “probably would not” think of trading Ramirez due to the sheer fact that they would have no replacement.

As for first base, the team still has not gotten any closer with Corey Hart, but they remain very interested in him. Melvin noted that Hunter Morris, Jason Rogers and Sean Halton will all be viable options for the position, but will more than likely start the 2014 season in Triple-A Nashville.

In news not related to the Winter Meetings, the Brewers announced that the Huntsville Stars, their Double-A affiliate, are in talks to get moved to Biloxi, Mississippi for the 2015 season.

Rest of the MLB

A three way trade between the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels went down, grabbing some of the bigger headlines. The Diamondbacks traded RHP Tyler Skaggs to LA for OF Mark Trumbo while the White Sox received RHP Adam Eaton and shipped LHP Hector Santiago to Arizona.

The second trade from earlier today featured the Colorado Rockies’ sending LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen to the Oakland Athletics for LHP Brett Anderson.

The New York Yankees announced that despite signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, that outfielder Brett Gardner would not be on the trade market, but Ichiro Suzuki will be.

Despite their winning record, the Cleveland Indians are listening in on offers for RHP Justin Masterson and SS Asdrubal Cabrera while the Pittsburgh Pirates are taking offers on LHP Justin Wilson.

Relievers Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen of the Washington Nationals are drawing trade interest, but the Chicago Cubs have been ruled out for either player. The Baltimore Orioles signed RHP Ryan Webb to a two-year deal worth $4.5MM and the New York Mets re-signed RHP Jeremy Hefner.

That’s it for day two. Be sure to check us out again tomorrow to see what happened in day three of the Winter Meetings.

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  • Dennis Hippert

    He has to at least entertain offers on a veteran making 8 figures in the last year of his contract during a “rebuilding” year. My only guess is the plan is to sign Hart short term as a placeholder and try to shop one of the 1b prospects for a3b prospect, and hope the remaining 1b and new 3b can come up together in a year or two.

    • Novak

      I’m sure they still plan on trying to contend and thus want to keep the team together.

      Basically all the trade-able guys (Ramirez, Gallardo, Weeks) have little trade value, so they are better off holding on to them and hoping for contention/boosted values at the deadline.

    • Benjamin Orr

      That definitely would be interesting, but I’m not so certain they’ll part ways with Morris in particular. That said, front offices have done crazier things so we’ll just have to wait and see what Doug Melvin and Co. have in store.

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