Most ev­ery team is a player at win­ter meet­ings

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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