The Winter Meetings have finally begun to create the domino effect this week. The past two days, we have had 6 relievers (soon to be more), who have signed a new deal. Three of the five signings were by the same team!
Last night, we saw the durable reliever Bryan Shaw sign a 3 year, $27 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. While Shaw had a great run with the Tribe, it is mostly seen that the fans drove him out of town. According to Cleveland.com, Shaw knew he wanted out of Cleveland in during the early months of the season, because of the fans grief over his performance in Game 7 of the World Series. He constantly received many “mean tweets” and often was said to get a good laugh from them. In the end, Shaw will move to the west as he turns the page and begins a new chapter in his career.
The Rockies were not content with just signing Shaw, they have also signed back reliever Jake McGee, and are reportedly close to signing back their closer Greg Holland. McGee has also signed a 3 year, $27 million contract to stay in Denver. Holland is coming off of a great season, in which he was named NL Comeback Player Of The Year.
The Phillies have also added multiple arms to their bullpen, including the funky Pat Neshek and the former Ray Tommy Hunter. Neshek is rejoining the team that traded him a season ago to the Rockies. The signing of Tommy Hunter was also a good one, as he is coming off a great comeback season himself after returning from core muscle surgery. Hunter will be making $18 million over two years in the City of Brotherly Love.
Another team attached to many trade rumors is the New York Mets. The Mets had Bryan Shaw very high on their list, not a surprise given that their manager was Shaw’s pitching coach in Cleveland. New York answered however, signing Anthony Swarzak, who is coming off of a breakout season. Swarzak started out with the White Sox, before being dealt to the Brewers mid-season. The deal is 2 years for $14 million.
The Winter Meetings have yet to be finished, and relievers are getting paid better than ever. There are many more days ahead and expect more relievers to find new homes (or the same home), very soon.