This has nothing to do with eunuchs. Rather, we will quickly review the various Hot Stove action of which the R.A. Dickey situation has been a distraction.
Adams was spectacular in 2011, so-so in 2012, and will turn 35 shortly after the All-Star break. I think the Phillies overpaid for his services at two years, $12M, but this seems to be the going rate for setup men. I don’t see him as being much better than Jon Rauch was last year — and Rauch was paid a fair $3.5M salary.
As for Lannan, nice move, and I wonder if the Mets were ever in play for the Long Island native? He’s a lefty, just turned 28, and is a pretty solid back-end innings-eater; something the Mets are going to need assuming R.A. Dickey’s exit. The Phillies get Lannan for one year, $2.5M plus incentives — not terribly painful. Lannan should replace the hole left by Joe Blanton, and do so with better performance and lower cost.
Next up for the Phillies is a corner outfielder, and they’re reportedly in hot pursuit of Cody Ross, who would be a bad fit for the Mets, but could be a great fit in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.
Tigers Sign Anibal Sanchez
Sanchez spurns the Cubs to take a five-year, $80M deal with Detroit. I look at that deal and wonder how the Mets can honestly say R.A. Dickey isn’t worth a two-year, $26M extension. Isn’t Sanchez as much a gamble as Dickey? At times, Sanchez as great, but overall he’s wildly inconsistent and has dangerous mechanics. This smells a lot like an A.J. Burnett free-agent signing.
Red Sox Sign Ryan Dempster
By signing Dempster, the Red Sox are removed from R.A. Dickey rumors. Additionally, there is one less reliable starting pitcher on the free-agent market. Which is more significant for the Mets? The fact there’s one less team interested in R.A., or one more pitcher off the market? Hard to say.
Yankees Sign Kevin Youkilis
I know, I know — it seems like a week ago that the Yankees signed Youkilis to a one-year, $12M contract. It’s going to be weird seeing him in pinstripes, but the signing makes sense for both parties. Remarkably, the 33-year-old Youkilis is the youngest free-agent the Yankees have signed this winter.
Cardinals Sign Ty Wigginton
It’s interesting – Wiggy played just over 200 games for the Mets ten years ago, and we just can’t help but follow every stop he’s made around MLB. Wigginton gets a surprising two-year deal for $5M. Good for him.
In other recent Hot Stove movement that I may or may not have covered (it’s all becoming a blur), the Pirates sign Jason Grilli; Reds sign Ryan Ludwick and Jack Hannahan; Indians get Mark Reynolds; Diamondbacks sign Brandon McCarthy; Twins sign Kevin Correia; Roayls sign George Sherrill, Dan Wheeler, and Xavier Nady; Red Sox get Koji Uehara.
I think that’s it for the moment. If I missed anything, please post in the comments.