As teams headed home from the Winter Meetings in Nashville on Thursday, the biggest free agents were still on the market. The availability of slugger Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke held up decisions on other signings and possible trades involving Michael Young of the Rangers and Mets Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
Hamilton could remain with Texas, and Seattle seemed to be interested. Greinke’s options include staying with the Angels, moving up the coast to the Dodgers or signing with the Rangers.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that after taking in information from other clubs and agents, it was time to return home and ‘‘cool your jets.’’
‘‘There can be a domino effect,’’ he said. ‘‘I think when clubs are focusing on a certain position, a certain need, there’s options out there. And once one option goes away, then that changes the landscape of what a club would want to do. Everybody’s got their ducks lined up in a row, and it’s just a matter of how things fall. And there’s timing involved.’’
The annual meeting wasn’t much of a swap session. The 25-foot wide dais with a podium backed by MLB logos was used just three times: Yankees GM Brian Cashman discussed Alex Rodriguez’s hip injury; Major League Baseball announced an auction benefiting Stand Up to Cancer; and the Mets talked about David Wright’s $138 million, eight-year contract, which had been agreed to last week.
Some teams worry about overpaying this early in the offseason. Other clubs conclude they must.
‘‘You run into people, like, ‘Man, I didn’t want to do that, but I had no choice,’ ’’ Cashman said. ‘‘So they’re getting a problem solved, but they’re not happy with their solution and what they had to do to solve it. I don’t want to be in that position. I’d rather feel good about what I’m doing.’’
Phillies trade for Revere
The Phillies filled their biggest need right before the Winter Meetings ended, acquiring center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins for righthanders Vance Worley and Trevor May.
The 24-year-old Revere is expected to be Philadelphia’s answer in center. He batted .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season.
‘‘Ben is an outstanding, young, controllable center fielder who fits nicely with our club,’’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
The Phillies were seeking an everyday center fielder after trading two-time All-Star Shane Victorino in July. They pursued free agents B.J. Upton and Angel Pagan before turning to the trade route. Upton left Tampa Bay for a $75 million, five-year deal with Atlanta. Pagan got a $40 million, four-year deal to stay in San Francisco.
Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training.
May was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA in Double A. He was Philadelphia’s top prospect before his so-so season.
Burton re-ups with Twins
The Twins agreed to terms with righthanded reliever Jared Burton on a two-year, $5.5 million contract that includes a club option for 2015. The 31-year-old Burton had five saves and a 2.18 ERA in 62 innings with 16 walks and 55 strikeouts in 2012, his first season with the Twins. He will make $2.05 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014. The Twins hold a $3.6 million option for 2015 . . . The uniform Don Larsen was wearing when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history has sold for $756,000. The former Yankees righthander achieved perfection in Game 5 of the 1956 Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The winning bidder was Pete Siegel, CEO of GottaHaveIt.com. His company has been building a collection of Yankees memorabilia that it plans to put on display. Larsen said he was auctioning off the uniform to pay for his grandchildren’s education. Steiner Sports had predicted the uniform could sell for as much as $2 million . . . The Diamondbacks completed a one-year contract with free agent Eric Hinske. A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Hinske, 35, spent the last three years with the Braves. He hit .197 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 132 at-bats last season, seeing time at first base, left field, and right field. He made three straight World Series appearances from 2007-09 with the Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees . . . Third baseman Ian Stewart tweeted he is re-signing with the Cubs. A person familiar with the agreement said it’s for one year at $2 million if Stewart makes the Opening Day roster . . . Free agent first baseman James Loney and the Rays completed their $2 million, one-year contract . . . The Winter Meetings will return to Nashville in 2015.