This and every weekday a.m. during Major League Baseball's winter meetings, let's rise and shine together with the latest news and rumors of news coming from the Las Vegas desert. Today's Roll Call starts in the Mets bullpen, which now has K-Rod and J.J. Putz but no longer several of the folks who helped the team compile 29 blown saves in 2008. No Putz for the Tigers? Well, they gotta trade Matt Joyce (right) somewhere, don't they?
Deal of the Day: Mets gain a Putz, lose an Endy
A day after the Mets sign K-Rod, a massive three-team trade sends Shea transgressors Aaron Heilman and Joe Smith, along with outfielder Endy Chavez, off to the wild for another closer, Putz. The Mets also lose some minor leaguers, but I'm going to miss Endy Chavez, more, on behalf of the Amazins. He made one of the best plays in playoff history against the Cardinals in the
'07 '06 NLCS.
Other Deal of the Day: Edwin Jackson for Matt Joyce
Good, old-fashioned trade here, folks, and that's the way we like it: the Tigers deal Joyce to the Rays for Jackson. Two youths. Two what? Two youths, passing in the night.
Young outfielder for a young pitcher, straight-up. That's it. No filler. No preservatives. No throw-ins, no minor leaguers, nobody to be named later. No vesting options. No sweater-vests. It's not contingent on the Big Three getting bailed out, either.
The Tigers seemed bent on trading Joyce, who batted .252/.339/.492 in 242 at-bats and was a bright light in a dark 'n' ugly season in Motown. He was mentioned with Jeff Larish as bait for Putz, a deal the Tigers probably are better off not doing. Joyce probably plays right field for the Rays, who still are after Milton Bradley and/or others to DH.
Another reason to like this trade: Scott Boras has nothing to do with... Curses! Scott Boras is Jackson's agent!
Jackson, though, had a breakthrough as many other Rays did in '08. His stats weren't great, but he lowered his walks and batting average against, and won 14 games at age 24. Also, you can't teach 95 mph.
This could very well be a deal that, say it with me, helps both teams.
Roll Call change: The Yanks are about to get Mike Cameron for Melky. Hey, any friend of CC's is also a friend of ours in New York. Anyting else we can getchooze, Mistuh Subathier? Hey, maybe Cameron and Sabathia will teach these New Yorkers a little something-something about making the playoffs-playoffs.
Jake Peavy: Guess who he still plays for? If you said "Padres," have yourself a merry little Christmas. It might be a while, but the ball's still in the Cubs court on this one. No, not that court. The Cubs also might have to leg wrestle the Rays for Milton Bradley.
He said it: "Mark's decision is complex. There are regional ties. Certainly family is going to be part of his consideration." — Boras, on Teixeira, who's an East-coaster.
Keep an eye out for 'Duk's dispatches from Sin City as the Stew keeps you informed on the fates of Peavy (please end it now), Kerry Wood (taking a physical for the Indians) and perhaps even Siegfried and Roy.