In light of the flurry of activity today at the Winter Meetings, just a couple of random thoughts.
Jason Schmidt signs 3 year, $47M deal with Dodgers.
OK, I'm cheating here, since this is the second biggest move of the winter so far (sorry, Carlos Lee). However, it does open up the possibility that Chad Billingsley starts the year in the minors if LA doesn't flip Brad Penny.
Joe Borowski signs 1 year deal with Indians
Despite some of the Roto web sites saying he'll have to win the closer job, he is the closer. The Tribe are not the Yankees; they aren't going to pay someone $4M to be a set up. Obviously, injury or a mid-season, white flag trade could change this, but I think the Indians are going to give Carmona and Cabrera another year to establish a pecking order. My money long term is on Cabrera. He's got great stuff and showed flashes late last year of being the stud he was in 2006.
Mets trade Brian Bannister to the for Ambiorix Burgos
Rotoworld was falling all over themselves about Burgos' potential, but he's certainly not going to close at Shea. This is also a guy with a lifetime 1.54 WHIP in 137 innings. He's 22 years old, so he could certainly amount to something, but his value even in deep leagues is going to be limited.
I feel the converse is true about Bannister. R-World was down on him in their write-up today, but I kind of like the guy. Yes, he probably slots in as a #4 SP long term, maybe a #3 if everything breaks right for him. But see my last post. Guys like Meche and Eaton are going to get millions of dollars to be #4 starters; there's no reason for the Royals not to roll the dice here and see if they can't get 170 IP for just over the major league minimum.
Of course, you shouldn't own Bannister on your fantasy team next year.
Of course, someone will at some point.