MLB Network Radio goes to Orlando for baseball’s Winter Meetings

Last week, the baseball world gathered in Orlando for the Winter Meetings, as the game’s biggest decision makers took to the most magical place on earth to swap players, sign free agents and propose new rule changes. SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio gave listeners in-depth analysis and exclusive on-site interviews with baseball’s managers, coaches and players.

Power Alley’s Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin had an opportunity to chat with 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa after hearing that they will be honored in Cooperstown.

Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa on set with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio

“It was great news and it’s really an honor to go in with Mr. Tony [LaRussa] here and Mr. Joe [Torre],” Cox told Duquette and Ferrin. “It’s a great honor.”

Later in the day, Rays manager Joe Maddon stopped by the set to join Inside Pitch’s Casey Stern and Jim Bowden to reflect on the David Price trade rumors.

You hate that stuff, how do you lose a James Shields? How do you lose a David Price? But knowing how we operate, the parameters which we operate within, it’s just a possibility. But it’s not a lock, but it’s a possibility.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman on-site with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio

While the deal was completed the week prior, the Seattle Mariners officially announced Robinson Cano’s signing in Orlando. Yankees GM Brian Cashman discussed the loss, and told Stern and Bowden that Cano would have taken $5 million less to stay in New York.

We went as high as 175 [million dollars] on Robbie [Cano]. They gave us a chance too — they said it would take 235 [million dollars] to keep him — and we parted ways, hopefully friends.

Curtis Granderson on-site with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio

In addition to Cano, the Yankees will also be without Curtis Granderson in 2014. The outfielder signed a 4-year, $60 million deal that was also announced in Walt Disney World. Donning his new uniform, Granderson joined Stern and Bowden and talked about the move from the Bronx to Queens.

Terry Collins with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio

Mets manager Terry Collins stopped by the set to join Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette and reflected on adding Granderson to his lineup in 2014.

Granderson’s former teammate in pinstripes, Mark Teixeira, was a guest on First Pitch, and he told Jim Memolo and Todd Hollandsworth that the Mets are getting “a steal” in this deal.

If Curtis Granderson is healthy last year, he gets you know, a $100 million contract, and they got him for a steal I think.

Sandy Alderson on MLB Network Radio

One of the biggest moves to come out of the Winter Meetings was a three-team trade between the Angels, Diamondbacks and White Sox that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona, Adam Eaton to Chicago and Tyler Skaggs to LA. Upon hearing the news, Stern and Bowden weighed in and gave their take.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia joined Mike Ferrin and Steve Phillips and talked about the loss of Trumbo.

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