As the clock on the winter meetings winds down – they end Thursday about noon here – the teams who have pitching to trade aren’t trading them.
That doesn’t mean the Seattle Mariners have tried various combinations or haven’t worked hard on their push for pitching. It means the sellers are asking for more than anyone has been able to come up with.
That scenario may not change here. The Twins and Orioles and Athletics may keep the arms race going by flying home with their pitching intact. The logic is simple – the closer to spring training teams get, the more pressure there will be to get that pitching.
There is nothing available through free agency that compares to Johan Santana, Erik Bedard or Dan Haren. Nothing close. So teams aren’t likely to give up on trade and go after, say, Carlos Silva, instead.
The result: winter meetings filled with negotiation but no sale, and teams crying out for pitching unable to land any.
The Mariners have explored options here with more than 15 teams without success. But, other than the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers, so has everyone else.