For this year's Winter Meetings Winners and Losers, we're going to have to deploy some extra categories. We saw moves so dramatic that they defy such simple descriptions.
So let's include, in addition to "Winners" and "Losers," the groups "Winners With Downside" and "Losers With Upside." That's for moves in which the long-term projection is considerably different from the short-term read.
Here's our take on a very busy week:
2. Ron Santo. The late former Cubs third baseman earned Hall of Fame induction from the Veterans Committee.
3. Jose Reyes. He received his desired $100 million and a little more.
4. C.J. Wilson. The lefty returned to his Southern California roots, signing with the Angels, and the scrutiny he'll face should be manageable because people will be paying more attention to Pujols.
5. David Ortiz. By accepting Boston's arbitration offer, Big Papi either ensured a generous one-year salary for 2012 or gave himself leverage to get a multiyear deal done with the Red Sox.
7. Rays. Also on Friday, the Rays signed promising rookie Matt Moore to a five-year, $14-million contract.
Winners With Downside
1. Angels. They certainly made a splash by signing Pujols and Wilson, and they might be the American League West favorites next season. Yet how will that Pujols contract look come, say, 2017 and beyond?
2. Pujols. We'll never fault anyone for taking the most money, but Pujols' image took a hit when he left the beloved Cardinals, with whom he had spent his entire career.
3. Marlins. $106 million over six years for Reyes isn't terrible. Nevertheless, we know about Reyes' health issues and we'll see if Hanley Ramirez actually is willing to move to third base. $58 million for four years of Mark Buehrle is an overpay.
1. Cardinals. They really did want to retain Pujols. However, they're now liberated of an albatross contract, they have the roster depth to handle this development and their fans can't fault them for a lack of effort.
2. Mets. A nine-figure contract for Reyes would've represented a significant risk, and they're wisely reallocating some dollars into the bullpen. Maybe the Angel Pagan-for-Andres Torres trade can help.
3. Mariners. See Athletics.
5. Francisco Rodriguez. He accepted arbitration from the Brewers, for whom he'd be a setup man. A trade elsewhere could be coming.