SAN DIEGO - The Dodgers hired new GM Andrew Friedman, the former Rays mastermind, to apply his small-market wizardry to a deep-pocketed franchise in need of a makeover.
No one thought it all would happen in the span of a few hours.
Friedman spent Wednesday wheeling-and-dealing at the winter meetings as the Dodgers were in the process of finalizing a number of trades that would bring Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies and Howie Kendrick from the Angels along with the apparent signing of Brandon McCarthy, the former Yankee, to a four-year, $48-million deal, as reported by Fox Sports.
By trading the homegrown Rollins, a three-time All-Star, the Phillies signaled the next phase of their rebuilding project, with more deals likely on the way, possibly including Chase Utley and Cole Hamels. Rollins, 36, is in the final year of his contract, with $11 million left on the deal.
The Phillies reportedly would receive two minor-leaguers back in the deal, but the trade had yet to be officially announced by either team.
The Dodgers also sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Marlins for four prospects, according to multiple reports. The top prospect in that swap, lefthander Andrew Heaney, was then flipped to the Angels, who shipped Kendrick to the Dodgers.
The speedy Gordon, 26, led the majors with 64 stolen bases and batted .289, playing 144 games at second base. Haren, 34, is due $10 million in the final year of his contract, but has threatened to retire if he did not approve of his next team.
Miley to Red Sox?
A day after losing Jon Lester to the Cubs, the Red Sox were in discussions to trade for Diamondbacks' lefthander Wade Miley, according to Fox Sports. Miley who was 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts last season for Arizona.
The Red Sox reportedly would send pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster to the Diamondbacks.
Boras a Montreal fan
Not content to just find new homes for his players, Scott Boras lobbied Wednesday to send the Rays to Montreal, a city that has been without a team since the Expos were moved to Washington D.C. for the 2005 season.
"Everyone always wonders why they're not playing in Montreal," Boras said during an impromptu stairway news conference. "We have a generation of families that grew up with Major League Baseball that are now wage earners, so I think it has a chance to be far more successful than some of the other cities that we have baseball in now."
The Rays announced this week that they were in the process of exploring new stadium sites in Hillsborough County, but owner Stuart Sternberg told the Tampa Bay Times that he ultimately would sell the team if a new ballpark isn't build to replace Tropicana Field.
Astros agree with two
The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with Luke Gregerson and a two-year, $12.5 million deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said. -- AP
Enberg wins Frick Award
Dick Enberg has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Hall of Fame announced. -- AP