Tag:MLB Rumors
Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:45 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:35 am

Alderson guarantees new player by end of meetings

Sandy Alderson is adamant that the Mets will have at least one new member of the club by the time the Winter Meetings are out, as ESPN 's Adam Rubin reports.

Even if that one player is a Rule 5 pick.

New York actually may have some strong names to consider in the Rule 5 draft, with the Rays' Aneury Rodriguez likely to be one of the first picks off the board. The Mets need to interject some quality youth into the team, and if Alderson has guaranteed coming away with at least one person, even if by the Rule 5 draft, it's clear that there must be at least a few names in play for Alderson to take.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:50 pm

White Sox ship Linebrink to Atlanta

Linebrink The White Sox are $56 million poorer after signing Adam Dunn to a four-year deal, but the White Sox recouped some of that money by sending reliever Scott Linebrink to the Braves along with some cash.

Linebrink is due $5.5 million in the final year of a four-year deal and was essentially a salary dump as Chicago picked up Kyle Cofield in return although it is unknown how much cash the White Sox chipped in. The 23-year-old has yet to reach Triple-A, spending the bulk of 2010 at Double-A. Over 112 minor league games and 82 starts, he has a career 4.12 ERA. His future is likely as a middle reliever, if he reaches the majors.

Linebrink, meanwhile, is a surprising nab for the Braves given that the club doesn't have a ton of money to play with, but is now committing a significant chunk to Linebrink, who starred with the Padres before moving on and finding the AL less to his liking. Over the last two seasons, his ERA ranks at 4.53, surrendering 20 home runs in 113 1/3 innings. He still has solid strikeout and walk numbers, however, so Linebrink could benefit greatly from moving to a weaker league and to a park that isn't so friendly to home runs.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 1:26 pm

Interest heavy in Russell Martin

Martin Now that Russell Martin is a free agent after being non-tendered by the Dodgers, interest is heavy.

Six teams have expressed interest in Martin as a free agent already, as agent Matt Colleran revealed to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports . Colleran added that the Yankees were one of those teams.

As a young catcher, Martin is in demand even as he has hit just .249/.350/.330 over the last 975 plate appearances. From 2006-08, he looked like a longtime star behind the dish -- and he has a strong chance to return to that prognosis.

Don't sleep on the Yankees here, as importing Martin would allow the club to ease Jesus Montero into the starting catcher's role (or trade him). In fact, New York came close to acquiring Martin prior to the non-tender deadline for Francisco Cervelli as Michael Schmidt of the New York Times reveals. Talks were advanced enough that medicals were swapped, but the trigger simply never got pulled.

One has to think the Yankees were the one to back out of talks over concerns about Martin's right hip fracture, which is a rare surgery in baseball and even more concerning due to the fact Martin is a catcher. Colleran says the hip is not an issue and is not restricting Martin.

Buster Olney of ESPN also tweets that Martin, who is from Montreal, would like to play on the East Coast. Sounds even better for New York. The Red Sox and Blue Jays are expected to be among the teams inquiring on Martin's services. And although the Dodgers non-tendered the 27-year-old, L.A. is still expected to talk about Martin's return.

"The Dodgers may become a different option," Colleran told FOX Sports. "They see Russ -- and they know him very well -- as being extremely athletic. Although they may have signed another catcher [The Dodgers are on the verge of signing Rod Barajas], they want to continue discussions with the idea that Russ could come back and catch, play second base and third and a little bit out of outfield to see if he likes something like that in the event he ever wants to transition from behind the plate."

That's unlikely, however, given the amount of interest in Martin as a catcher.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:51 am
Edited on: December 3, 2010 9:52 am

Yankees in contact with Crawford

The Yankees have been in Crawford contact with Carl Crawford, as ESPN 's Buster Olney reports.

While New York is full up in the outfield, no winter would be complete without New York talking to all the top available free agents. Crawford, the top position player on the market, is expected to wait out Cliff Lee's signing as it could impact his own market.

Should the Yankees fail to sign Lee, the scuttlebutt has then turning to Crawford instead. They could shift one of their outfielders to a backup role, or more likely, swap the player for a starting pitcher.

You also can't rule out both Crawford and Lee signing with New York, but it's not known whether the Yankees have the resources to import both.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:33 am
Edited on: December 3, 2010 11:18 am

Mets offer Francis major-league deal

Francis If Jeff Francis -- once the hopes and dreams of the Rockies faithful that tabbed him "Jeffrey Franchise" -- wants to return to the Rockies, it's going to have to be on a minor league deal.

Francis underwent shoulder surgery in 2009 and wasn't fully recovered in 2010, posting a 5.00 ERA in 104 1/3 innings. In 2008, he also had a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts but before that had a two-year span of 66 starts of a 4.16 ERA. Given Francis' game is command and being all that a crafty left-hander can be, he's best suited in the NL but could still have years of production ahead of him.

The Mets apparently agree, as FOX Sports relays, with the club offering Francis a major-league contract in addition to a real shot at cracking New York's rotation. There are certainly other teams who will offer Francis a shot at the starting rotation, but the Mets are in a strong position given the offer of a guaranteed big-league deal.

But the Mets will have to watch out for other teams jilted in the free-agent market making a play.

With the Pirates losing out on Jorge de la Rosa and certain to strike out against other top free agents, Pittsburgh could jump into the fray. They could easily offer a starting spot and can at least match the Mets in terms of dollars. You can't rule out other pitching-hungry teams as well, including the Padres, Brewers, Cardinals, Nationals, and the list goes on.

UPDATE : ESPN 's Jerry Crasnick refutes the report, saying no deal has been offered by New York.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:50 am
Edited on: December 3, 2010 8:48 am

Agent: Thome wants to play in 2011

Jim Thome Jim Thome is interested in playing in 2011 and maybe 2012, his agent tells Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune .

"He has no intention of retiring," Pat Rooney said.

At the end of the season, the 40-year old Thome said he'd talk to his family about playing again, and now it appears he will.

Thome hit 25 home runs for the Twins in 2010 and moved to eighth on the all-time home run list with 589.

Rooney said he's talked to the Twins and "other teams are in the mix."

Thome signed a one-year deal with the Twins before last season that paid him $1.5 million and then another $200,000 in incentives.

"Right now, he feels great," Rooney said. "He's been working out, he's in great shape, he's ready to go."

The Twins seem to be the perfect fit for Thome, but perhaps he could go to Oakland, a team that lost out on Adam Dunn. Thome would appear to be best-suited to playing in the American League, where he can DH. He last played in the field in 2007, but that was for just one game. He hasn't played in the field more than he's DH'd since he was in the National League with Philadelphia in 2005.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 2:02 pm

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

Mariano Rivera One of the Yankees free agents who wouldn't sign with anyone but the Yankees, will re-sign with the Yankees tomorrow.

Mariano Rivera will sign a two-year deal worth $30 million by Friday night, the New York Daily News reports .

While Derek Jeter's negotiations have been public and messy, Rivera's done his work quietly and effectively, which seems only fitting.

And unlike the Jeter negotiations, the New York Daily News reports Rivera received another offer -- and this one was actually for both more years and more money (three years, $17 million per year), but chose to stay with the Yankees.

"He wanted to stay loyal to the Yankees," the Daily News ' source said.

Rivera is coming off a three-year, $45 million deal, which incidentally is the same offer the team had on the table for Jeter.

Rivera, who turned 41 this week, had a good season in 2010, going 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA with 33 saves. He struck out 45 batters and walked 11 in 60 innings, while allowing 39 hits.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets the two of the three teams that offered Rivera more years and money were the Red Sox and Angels. There were some, "hey, wouldn't it be funny if..." situations thrown about with Jeter and the Red Sox, but wouldn't Rivera in Boston be just as much of a dagger -- considering he's a better player at this point of his career. Say what you will about the Yankees, here's someone they didn't just buy with money, but also with how they've treated him over the years. And Yankee fans should be grateful that Rivera is as classy -- and apparently loyal -- as they come.

UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox offer was two years at $15 million per, the same deal Rivera is getting to stay in pinstripes. And if all these reports are accurate, then it follows that it was either the Angels or the mystery team who made the three-year, $51 million offer. -- DA

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 10:00 pm

Beltre hopes to return to Red Sox

Adrian Beltre Adrian Beltre won't sign with the A's, as it was previously reported today . Instead, the free-agent third baseman tells Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he prefers to wait and see what other options open up for him.

Beltre also says his preference is to return to the Red Sox.

"If everything was close to the same, I would go back to Boston," Beltre said. "But we have to see. The number of years is what is important to me."

Beltre says he could arrive at a decision soon, but wouldn't name any of the teams he was considering besides the Red Sox.

UPDATE: A member of the A's organization tells the San Francisco Chronicle 's Susan Slusser that the team has made a "big offer."

Perhaps, he's hoping the Red Sox will match that offer, until ultimately taking the money and running to Oakland.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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