Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNow that an obscure Montana contractor with suspicious political connections has been dismissed as the developer for a new power system in devastated Puerto Rico, I think it’s time for Congress to seek bids for the contract. This would legitimize the entire project and give GE, among others, the opportunity to do what they do best and the reconstruction would be done right. At what cost? Well, at least at the cheapest available. And it would save our neglected territory, as well as our reputation.How this will fare, as well as that of needed national infrastructure spending, in the face of the proposed corporate tax cuts remains to be seen.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
The 2019 Winter Meetings are here.If the early goings of this offseason are any indication, then the Winter Meetings in San Diego are going to be pretty explosive. We’ve already seen the signings of Zack Wheeler, Yasmani Grandal and Will Smith, three of the hottest free agents on the market. Dec. 8: The Yankees may or may not have tendered a contract offer to Gerrit Cole. Dec. 3: The Yankees are all in on Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, per reports. That’s a good thing for New York and its fans.Top 2020 MLB free agents1.Anthony Rendon3B2.Madison BumgarnerSP3.Josh Donaldson3B4.Hyun-Jin RyuSP5.Nicholas CastellanosOF6.Marcell OzunaOF7.Dallas KeuchelSP8.Daniel HudsonRP9.Yasiel PuigOF10.Avisail GarciaOFFor a more comprehensive ranking, visit Sporting News’ definitive free agent ranking for 2020. Entering this year’s event, we’ve got some massive names still available: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg are three of the most valuable players searching for new homes. Madison Bumgarner is another name to watch over the coming days. There are no shortage of suitors for any player, either, with all 30 squads looking to upgrade in some way, with the Winter Meetings the first big opportunity to make that happen.MORE: Everything you need to know about the 2019 MLB Winter MeetingsThe last few years of the meetings haven’t really been conducive to hot-stove action, with Andrew McCutchen the centerpiece signing of a dead four days in Vegas in 2018. This year has been a stark difference.Sporting News will be tracking all completed deals, trades and more, and offering quick analysis and thoughts where appropriate while the 2019 Winter Meetings are underway.MLB Winter Meetings tracker 2019: List of signings, tradesDec. 11: Anthony Rendon is about to change coasts. The third baseman agrees to a seven-year, $245 million contract Wednesday night, per multiple reports. The Dodgers, after missing out on Gerrit Cole, add to their bullpen with former A’s closer Blake Treinen (one year, $10 million), per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Blue Jays add to their rotation with free-agent right-hander Tanner Roark, who gets a reported $24 million over two years, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi. Right-hander Josh Lindblom parlays his success in South Korea into a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Brewers that could grow to $18 million with incentives, Passan reports. Right-hander Michael Wacha joins the Mets on a one-year deal worth a reported $3 million guaranteed and up to $7 million in incentives, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.Dec. 10: The Phillies sign shortstop Didi Gregorius on a one-year deal. Here’s what that could mean for Philly’s future infield. Kevin Gausman signs with the Giants on a one-year deal for $9 million according to Henry Schulman. Carlos Correa is rumored to be on the trading block. Gerrit Cole signs with the Yankees for nine years and $324 million, according to multiple reports. That shatters the Strasburg deal. Outfielder Nomar Mazara is traded to the White Sox in exchange for a prospect.Dec. 9: Stephen Strasburg got his money. The righty starter and World Series MVP re-signed with the Nationals on a seven-year, $245 million deal, which is a record for a pitcher in value and AAV.MLB trade rumorsDec. 12: The Yankees want to keep adding to their bullpen, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. New York is the most aggressive pursuor of Brewers reliever Josh Hader, Rosenthal reports, but a deal is unlikely.Dec. 12: The Angels and Indians are discussing a deal involving right-hander Corey Kluber, reports Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. Kluber, 33, made just seven starts last season because of a broken arm suffered when he was hit by a comebacker, but he still has an ace reputation after winning two Cy Young awards. Kluber has one guaranteed year and an option remaining on his contract. Dec. 11: The A’s have discussed reacquiring infielder Jed Lowrie, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lowrie left Oakland last offseason to sign a two-year contract with the Mets, but he missed almost all of the 2019 season with injuries and reportedly will make $9.5 million (salary and signing bonus) in 2020. Slusser reports New York would need to eat most of that money to make a trade work.Dec. 11: Teams have asked the Twins about left fielder Eddie Rosario, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweets. Rosario, 28, put up a career-best 32 home runs and 109 RBIs in 2019, but his OBP fell to .300. He has two years of control remaining.Dec. 11: The Dodgers are hot after Francisco Lindor, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Nightengale reports that the Indians want a package of prospects in return, including Gavin Lux and Dustin May.Dec. 11: It sounds like a new third baseman is entering the market, with Nolan Arenado reportedly on the block.Dec. 3: The Mets could look to shop two veterans to alleviate some payroll: Jeurys Familia and Jed Lowrie are on the block, according to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.Dec. 1: Miguel Andújar missed most of 2019 with a shoulder injury, and could find himself in a new uniform come 2020, a report says.Dec. 1: Could Josh Hader be on the move? The Brewers could look to trade him this offseason, reports say. Here are five teams who could make sense for the relief ace.MLB free agency rumorsDec. 12: Sounds like the Mets signed up Rick Porcello to a one-year deal, per the Athletic’s Eno Saris. Dec. 11: Anthony Rendon and the Angels are deep into contract negotiations, and a deal could be completed Wednesday night, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman report. Dec. 10: A Mystery Team has entered the Gerrit Cole chase, according to Jon Heyman. Actually, two, according to Scott Boras.Dec. 10: Madison Bumgarner, Atlanta Brave? It sounds like the NL East team is pushing for him, along with a bevy of others, per Jon Heyman.Dec. 9: It sounds as though Josh Donaldson’s market is materializing, with the Phillies, Rangers, Nats and Braves in on the third baseman, according to Jon Heyman.Dec. 9: The White Sox are in on both Marcell Ozuna and Nicholas Castellanos, and have a “great chance” at landing one of them, per Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi.