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2:28
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone. Thanks for stopping by. There's lots to discuss this week, with the Blue Jays keeping busy, the Red Sox nearing a deal with Gomes, the Royals signing Guthrie and lots of 40-man moves. Let me know what's on your mind and I'll get to as many questions as I can in the next hour...
Wednesday November 21, 2012 2:28 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From KyleKyle: ] 
Any indication of the money Gomes would be getting?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:02 Kyle
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Nothing so far. If I had to guess I'd put it around $10MM total.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
[Comment From RobertRobert: ] 
What are the odds of stephen drew in detroit? Where are the most likely landing places for him?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:02 Robert
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Tigers have always liked Drew and they could flip Peralta if they sign another SS, so I view Detroit as a legitimate landing spot for Drew.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From ChoneChone: ] 
Where will I be in 2013?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:03 Chone
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Once Figgins clears waivers and becomes a free agent I see him signing a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training somewhere. Maybe a club like the Mets would take a chance on him.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From BrandonBrandon: ] 
Who do you think is going to sign Zack Greinke.?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:03 Brandon
3:04
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think the Dodgers will sign him. They have the need and the money. And, now that he has pitched in Anaheim, they have some confidence that he can handle their market.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:04 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From Down with ODoucheDown with ODouche: ] 
What's the Rockies' best strategy to trade for quality pitchers? Cuddyer?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:04 Down with ODouche
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Depends on the caliber of pitcher they're hoping to obtain. I don't think Cuddyer has much surplus trade value at this point. He's earning $10.5MM per season for the next two years and while that's not bad, it's not like he's a bargain. If they want a quality young pitcher I think we're talking about Dexter Fowler, as painful as that would be.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From GMDMGMDM: ] 
Seattle needs hitting and Kansas City needs pitching, so how about Wil Myers and possibly another prospect for King Felix?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:05 GMDM
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't see the Mariners making that move though.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From GregGreg: ] 
Any trade value for the Giants to deal Meijeres?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:06 Greg
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
On the one hand, he seems like a trade candidate. He's one of three SF lefties at a time that left-handed relief is in demand. Yet most teams allowed him to pass through waivers last summer, so I wonder if he's not a coveted player. I believe he'd have some value, but nothing wild.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:07
[Comment From RandyRandy: ] 
Where do u see BJ Upton signing?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:07 Randy
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
With the Phillies.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From CokerCoker: ] 
Who are the biggest surprises that were left-off 40-man rosters? Anybody worth a look?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:08 Coker
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Danny Valencia, Jim Miller, Mickey Storey all strike me as potentially interesting guys who were/are on waivers
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:09
[Comment From Jimmy KJimmy K: ] 
Rangers working on anything? What would it take to pry Arencibia from the Blue Jays?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:09 Jimmy K
3:09
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
A guy like Ogando would have to intrigue the Jays given their interest in adding more pitching.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:09 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:10
[Comment From GMDMGMDM: ] 
Thoughts on the Guthrie signing? One year too much?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:10 GMDM
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think Guthrie's reps at Excel Sports Management deserve credit here. They pushed for a three-year deal and got it, when similar pitchers (maybe Blanton or Saunders) will end up signing for fewer years and a much smaller guarantee. Couldn't have drawn it up much better.

As for the Royals, I think it shows they still must overpay a little to get free agents to sign in KC. The Yankees, on the other hand, have players like Kuroda signing in New York for less money than other clubs offered.

If I were a mid-market team with an average amount of pitching I would have wanted Guthrie for one year and maybe $8MM but not more than that.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From Ben ZobristBen Zobrist: ] 
Any chance i get traded for pitching?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:11 Ben Zobrist
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
That'd be pretty shocking. If anything the Rays will trade their pitching for position player help
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From NateNate: ] 
With Gomes signing with the Red Sox, does that mean Josh Hamilton is out of the picture?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:12 Nate
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think so. The Red Sox definitely need more than one OF this winter.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What is the highest number of comments that MLBTR has had on a post? The Marlins/Jays trade had over 1,100!!!\
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:12 Guest
3:13
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Good question. I think that 1,100 is one of the most commented ever. I recall the Red Sox posts about Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford also had tons of comments.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:13 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:13
[Comment From Josh ByrnesJosh Byrnes: ] 
How long and for how much should I offer Headley in a contract extension?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:13 Josh Byrnes
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I get the sense that the Padres will wait another year to see if Headley can replicate his 2012 success before offering him a major contract extension.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
any chance that giants trade hunter pence and yankees neede a right fielder
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:14 Guest
3:14
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't see Pence going anywhere this winter.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:14 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From AAAA: ] 
What would it take to get Roy Halladay?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:14 AA
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Phillies, who intend to win in 2012, need Roy Halladay to succeed. He is not going anywhere this winter in my opinion.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:15
[Comment From JimJim: ] 
Do you see the reds doing anything this winter?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:15 Jim
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Yes, I expect they'll add relief help and an outfielder.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From JustinJustin: ] 
Any chance of A.J Pierzynski signing with pirates?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:16 Justin
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I'd be quite surprised.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From ShaqtusShaqtus: ] 
Who wins the AL East next year?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:16 Shaqtus
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's hard enough predicting these things at the end of Spring Training, let along on November 21st!
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
By the way for those of you who haven't checked MLBTR in the past couple of minutes, Gomes seeks $3-4MM per season.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:17 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From Evan W.Evan W.: ] 
Do you think anyone will pick up C. Figgins?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:17 Evan W.
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
If he wants to play I expect he'll get another shot.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From Johnny MoJohnny Mo: ] 
Who do you see as a good fit for me at second base?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:18 Johnny Mo
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think the Cardinals will stick with internal options at second base. Maybe Descalso, maybe Matt Carpenter, maybe even Skip.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From EarlyMorningBoxscoreEarlyMorningBoxscore: ] 
Do you like Gomes for 2 years?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:19 EarlyMorningBoxscore
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
At $3-4MM per season for a large market club I have no problem with this deal. If they ask him to face too much right-handed pitching that would be an issue though.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From Andy PettitteAndy Pettitte: ] 
Am I going to retire again?
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:20 Andy Pettitte
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
ESPN reported today that the Yankees are optimistic about the chances he returns for another year.
Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
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