Most every team is a player at winter meetings
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA: The Washington Nationals figure it was worth asking: Hey, Cliff Lee, want to play in the nation's capital?
Sure, general manager Mike Rizzo knows the prize pitcher is looking elsewhere. But the fact the cash-slingin' Nationals even talked to Lee's agent represents a shift at these winter meetings. Most every team is a player this week, it seems. The Arizona Diamondbacks stayed busy Tuesday, giving free agent reliever J.J. Putz a $10 million, two-year deal. Colorado filled a need by getting 2010 All-Star infielder Ty Wigginton and Pittsburgh added pitcher Kevin Correia, both with $8 million, two-year contracts.
Also, pitcher Dustin Moseley wound up in San Diego and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Carlos Pena could make a decision Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs hoped to be in the mix while Hideki Matsui attracted interest from Oakland. Former AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke was said to be available for any team willing to meet Kansas City's steep price.
"It's kind of like the offseason becomes fantasy baseball for players, too," Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You always look at who is out there and who might be in your lineup. I think we all did it when we played the game. You'd say, 'Man, if we had this guy or this guy, we could be better.'" For the Angels, that guy could be free agent Carl Crawford. -Afp