Actually, the headline might be a bit of a lie. It might take another two days for the baseball trade and free agent markets to heat up again (even baseball executives enjoy a relaxing, post-new-years weekend), but we’re clearly past the holiday season. News will start flowing again fairly soon.
MLBTradeRumors has an interesting post looking back at the first week of 2009. If last year is any indication, the next few days might get interesting, but they might not have much of a lasting impact.
It was at this time last year that…
• Milton Bradley signed a three-year deal with the Cubs (he’s since been traded to the Mariners).
• Pat Burrell signed a two-year deal with the Rays (is anyone willing to take him off Tampa Bay’s hands?).
• John Smoltz signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox (he was released before the end of the season).
• Jason Giambi signed a one-year deal with the Athletics (also released by the end of the season).
• Jerry Hairston Jr. signed a one-year deal with the Reds (you know how that story ended).
It might be time for the hot stove to heat up again, but let’s see if teams can make some moves that last this time around.