The first day of the Winter Meetings in Orlando were a bit of a let down in comparison to all the action taking place the last few weeks, but there were a flurry of rumors, many of which involved the Royals. Let's take a quick look at what took place on Monday.
Former Royals pitcher Felipe Paulino signed with the rival White Sox yesterday for $1.75 million guaranteed with a $4 million club option. Paulino was non-tendered this fall after struggling to return from Tommy John surgery, missing the entire 2013 season.
There is a "good chance" the Angels move slugger Mark Trumbo during this week, and the Royals are said to be in play. Reportedly the Angels balked on a trade of Trumbo to Arizona straight up for former top ten prospect pitcher Tyler Skaggs, which seems ridiculous to me.
Ned Yost did interviews and ridiculously stated that Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis would get "long looks" to be in the back of the rotation. Does Shields/Vargas/Guthrie/Hochevar/Davis seem like a playoff rotation to you?
Buster Olney tweets the Royals were barely outbid for Carlos Beltran. My guess is we were played. And thank god we were.
Jon Morosi reported the Rangers were interested in Billy Butler at one time (cue the Jurickson Profar trade rumors!) but have moved on since acquiring Prince Fielder.
The rival Tigers addressed their left-field problems by signing outfielder Rajai Davis to a two-year deal. The 33 year old speedster isn't much with the stick, but he can hit lefties and might be an effective platoon-partner with Andy Dirks.
Our other rivals, those hated Cleveland racists are thinking of dealing Justin Masterson. I'd love to have him, but don't count on an intra-division trade.