Didn’t take long for the Winter Meetings to have its first big story.
Just as the baseball universe is settling into the Swan & Dolphin resort, Jayson Werth has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Nationals. That leaves Carl Crawford as the premier free agent outfielder. With Werth no longer a secondary option for teams in the Crawford hunt, Crawford’s stock might have improved.
Adrian Beltre’s stock might also have gone up, because the Red Sox are suddenly back in play after their Adrian Gonzalez trade fell through.
I’ve officially checked in, collected by credential and now I’m off to stand around in a lobby that has a massive Christmas tree in the middle.
And because I know you’re curious, here’s an AP photo taken today of Brian Cashman practicing for today’s Heights and Lights main event in Stamford. It apparently went well, and Cashman should be here later tonight.