Tag:MLB Rumors
Posted on: December 2, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 10:28 pm
 

Pierzynski returning to White Sox

A.J. Pierzynski Well, usually we update at the bottom here, but usually the first update isn't so different than the update.

Anyway, A.J. Pierzynski has re-signed with the White Sox, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter ). The deal is for two years and $8 million.

PREVIOUSLY: With Adam Dunn on board and hoping to bring back Paul Konerko, it appears A.J. Pierzynski will not return to the White Sox next season. Pierzynski is "close" to signing with the Blue Jays, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

"I value A.J.. I would love to have him back," White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said on a  conference call. "My delimma right now is do you take such an overture and let it take you out of the payroll zone that you may need to get a Paul Konerko back. We're in a holding pattern because to be honest, the next thing I would like to put back in a Sox uniform is Paul Konerko."

Cowley writes the team could pursue Miguel Olivo to bolster their backstop rotation of Tyler Flowers and Ramon Castro.

UPDATE: FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal adds a "not so fast" report, tweeting that the Jays are not close to a deal with Pierzynski and that the White Sox are still very much in the hunt to retain their catcher.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 6:33 pm
 

White Sox add Dunn, still want Konerko

Adam Dunn Not only have the White Sox signed Adam Dunn, they're also close to re-signing Paul Konerko, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports (via Twitter ).

Dunn's deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow, pending the physical. According to Dave van Dyke of the Chicago Tribune , the deal is worth four years and $56 million.

According to Cowley, the White Sox were late on Victor Martinez before calling the Brewers about Prince Fielder and then when that appeared unlikely, moved to Dunn.

While it seemed unlikely the White Sox could have both Dunn and Konerko, it seems they want to do just that. That would necessitate Dunn serving as a designated hitter, something he hasn't wanted to do in the past, but it does help the team's offense.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : If the White Sox want to bring back Konerko, they may have competition from their crosstown rivals. SI.com's Jon Heyman hears that the Cubs are in on Konerko to fill their first-base game.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: In a confernece call, when asked if the White Sox had enough money to sign both Dunn and Konerko, general manager Kenny Williams said, "Not only do we have room, but it would be the ideal from our perspective." (Chicago Tribune )

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 8:26 pm
 

Yanks, Jeter slowly closing the gap

Today on As the Jeter Turns… (but not like it once did) the Yankees have improved their offer, the New York Times ' Michael S. Schmidt writes .

Citing "A person in baseball briefed on the status of the negotiations" the team has increased its original offer of three years for $45 million, but wouldn't say if they improved the years, the money or both.

"It's still not close to being done," the source told Schmidt.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman notes on Twitter that Jeter's side has come down in its demands, as well.

Of course, it's all just academic. There's no team in baseball who will offer Jeter more money and the entire baseball world would just prefer the two go ahead and get this done, since nobody believes there's any other outcome than Jeter being overpaid to play shortstop for the Yankees again next season.

UPDATE: Scmidt tweets the Yankees have upped their offer to three-to-four years at $16 to $18 million per year.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Takahashi to sign with Angels

Hisanori Takahashi Hisanori Takahashi, the former Mets left-hander, is close to a multiyear deal with the Angels, David Waldstein of the New York Times reports.

Takahashi became a free agent after the Mets wouldn't offer him a multiyear extension earlier this month.

Takahashi served as a reliever and spot starter for the Mets last season, going 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA with eight saves  in his first season in the United States. He appeared in 53 games, starting 12. As a starter, he was 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Cardinals looking to ship Ryan out

Ryan With the acquisition of Ryan Theriot, it could mean the end of the line in St. Louis for Brendan Ryan.

Ryan stumbled through a brutal 2010 campaign, hitting just .223/.279/.294 in 486 plate appearances despite providing his usual strong defense up the middle. The 28-year-old had enjoyed a .292/.340/.400 year the season past, so was baffled as to his production.

Ryan struggled with a new swing developed by incoming hitting coach Mark McGwire and wrist surgery, and couldn't get it together in a year that ended up as a "nightmare scenario," as Ryan tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .

"I know this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately game," Ryan added, saying he realizes why the Cardinals struck for Ryan Theriot and why he may be on the way out. "A repeat of 2009 is more likely than a repeat of 2010. Sure, that is looking at things from my point of view, my believing in myself, but it's also looking at it realistically. I know the player I can be, and last season that wasn't me. I'm doubling-down on that."

St. Louis is expected to look at trading Ryan as soon as possible, certainly during the Winter Meetings. The club could opt to keep Ryan and use him off the bench or even put him in a battle with Skip Schumaker for second base, but the team's preference would be deal him away.

"I think he still has some ways that he can help the Cardinals," Mozeliak said. "But if there is a deal out there that makes sense for us, we should pursue it. We need to be open to having those discussions."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:35 pm
 

White Sox have interest in Adam Dunn

Dunn Surprise, surprise: the White Sox are in on Adam Dunn.

Interest is "serious," says ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Of course it would be serious if a GM had just spent weeks climbing up walls trying to get Adam Dunn from the Nationals and even moving to acquire Edwin Jackson in a gambit to flip him for Dunn.

The White Sox could potentially offer Dunn a chance to play first pending what happens with Paul Konerko. And while the offense would suffer for it, the ChiSox could grit their teeth and hand left field to Dunn, shifting Juan Pierre or Carlos Quentin to DH. More likely, they'll do a song-and-dance with Dunn about their park, commitment to winning and ability to cough out gobs of dollars to make the lefty amenable to DHing.

Dunn is also grabbing interest from the A's, although his market has yet to really materialize.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:12 am
 

Royals won't consider dealing Greinke in division

Greinke The Royals will not trade Zack Greinke within the division, as SI.com 's Jon Heyman reveals.

This doesn't come as a surprise, as teams are usually skittish about dealing within the division -- the notable exceptions being the Marlins and the NL West.

The Royals would prefer not to see Zack Greinke oppose them 3-5 times a year for however many years down the road, an understandable sentiment. However, to close oneself off to four bidders is foolish. The Royals need to be focused on the deal that best shapes them up to contend for years to come -- and whether Greinke is in the division or not won't matter, especially as Greinke can choose where he ends up as a free agent after 2012 anyways.

Even if the Royals privately refuse to deal Greinke within the division, there is no benefit to making that sentiment public and giving other teams leverage in knowing the pool of bidders is smaller than it might otherwise be. In addition, at least not allowing oneself to listen to a division rival could cause K.C. to lose out on a deal that it may otherwise want. What if the Tigers dangled Jacob Turner and Austin Jackson? That would make GM Dayton Moore sit up and take notice.

Moore can't afford to get the Greinke trade wrong. Too much is riding on the future of the Royals, as whatever the return is for Greinke will pair up with the influx of prospects in the system in an attempt to finally get the club competitive.

Depriving oneself of bidders in such a monumental decision is the wrong path.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:26 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Giants re-sign Burrell

Pat Burrell The Giants may have re-signed outfielder Pat Burrell, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes .

Baggarly writes it's a "discounted" one-year deal.

Burrell was released by the Rays in May after a horrible start (following a horrible 2009), Burrell signed with the Giants and jump-started his career. In 96 games with the Giants in the regular season, he hit .266/.364/.509 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI.

He struggled in the playoffs, managing just six hits in 42 at-bats and was 0-for-13 in the World Series, striking out 11 times, walking twice.

UPDATE: Burrell's deal is worth $1 million plus incentives, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter ). He apparently took less to stay in San francisco.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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