MLB Winter Meetings: Day Three Surprises

Ian HunterCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 25:  Curtis Granderson #28 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after scoring a run for a 4-3 lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 25, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Any time I hear the phrase "surprise team" during the winter meetings, I am afraid...very afraid. Especially since there is a rumored "surprise team" that is involved with trade talks between the Chicago Cubs for Milton Bradley.

Back in September, I explored the possibility of bringing Bradley to Toronto , but overall it was too high a risk for not enough reward in return. Milton Bradley does not fit in the direction of the future of the Blue Jays, as was tweeted by Jordan Bastian :

"Jays want young controllable players to build around. Bradley, with his history and his contract, is not a fit for Toronto."

While I completely agree, that was said by Bastian and Alex Anthopoulos. I don't think AA would be crazy enough to want Milton Bradley on this team, however, there might be a few others like Paul Beeston and Cito Gaston who are trying to put together a good argument to bring in Bradley.

Make it a Blockbuster Night

Moving on to the first blockbuster of the winter meetings—the Yankees upgraded their outfield by acquiring Curtis Granderson from the Tigers in a three-team trade.

The Yankees gave up Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson,notably missing from that list of players: Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Don't consider that a coincidence.

The Yankees are likely keeping those guys in their back pocket just in case they want to swing a last-minute deal with the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay.

The Bearded Face of Innocence

Speaking of Doc,if you want to think back to a younger, more innocent time in his career, Dave at Go Jays Go got his hands on this picture of a fresh-faced, brace-clad Roy Halladay on draft day 1995. It almost brings a tear to your eye to think back to then and realize that just 14 years later, he would be leaving us.

Oh, and don't worry...we've already started creating the playlist .

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