Tag:MLB Rumors
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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Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Fukudome considering returning to Japan in 2012

Kosuke Fukudome Kosuke Fukudome is looking at returning to Japan, but hold on that rejoicing Cubs fans, he's looking to do it in 2012, after his contract is up.

YakyuBaka.com has the translation from Nikkan Sports of Fukudome's meeting with reporters in Japan on Wednesday.

"To play in the US, to return to Japan, to each their own. And until that time comes, I won't know," Fukudome said. "Playing every day is what every player wants. I don't think returning to Japan would be bad. The [Chunichi Dragons] could be a possibility. … I feel there's a sense that I need to do something different next season. I think I had a pretty good season this year. I'd like to try and keep that momentum going."

Fukudome hit .263/.371/.439 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI. Not a bad line for a part-time player, not quite what you're looking for from someone making $13 million. Fukudome will make $13.5 million last season. The outfielder has a no-trade clause and must be signed to an extension by Nov. 15, 2011 or release him -- and I think we all know what that choice will be.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:50 pm
 

Red Sox getting busy

The Red Sox may be looking to make a splash before next week's Winter Meetings.

Earlier today, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown reported (via Twitter ) Red Sox officials were in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford, and now he says (again, on Twitter ) that the team will meet with Scott Boras on Thursday to discuss Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth.

The Red Sox have been relatively quiet so far this offseason, but nobody expects them to sit still.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 8:04 pm
 

Rockies 'close' to signing Berkman

Lance Berkman Lance Berkman is "close" to joining the Rockies, Troy Renck of the Denver Post tweets .

"Berkman told me that he would like to play for the rockies during the alcs," Renck wrote.

On Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Berkman was the A's top target for its designated hitter spot. The Cardianls, Cubs, Pirates and Blue Jays have also apparently shown interest in the 34-year old switch-hitter.

UPDATE: Renck "clarifies" with this tweet: "Rox have made agressive push for berkman. In berkman's hands at this pt. Rox hopeful"

Renck notes Berkman would play in the outfield and spell Todd Helton at first base. Berkman came up as an outfielder, but hasn't played in the outfield since 2007.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:14 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Kinsler lobbying Lee to return to Rangers

Well, it's been out there. I'm bored a bit with "visits" and he-said, he-said reports, but this one is at least kind of interesting -- and it's Cliff Lee.

So, Ian Kinsler was on a radio show in the Dallas area and said he'd traded texts with Lee (via the Dallas Morning News ):
"Basically, I said, 'What's going on in Arkansas?' He said, 'the Rangers are down here again,'" Kinsler said on KESN-FM. "I was like, 'Well, just sign whatever they give you.' He said, 'Let's see what happens. We have to wait it out.'

"I said, 'Remember, I like being your teammate.' And he said, 'I do, too, but we have to wait it out.' I said, 'Just sign it.' And then he sent me a picture of a deer (that one of Lee's friends bagged)."
What does this mean in the long run? Well, Lee knows he's going to be much richer pretty soon, but isn't in a hurry to find out just how rich. And we knew that already.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 5:04 pm
 

Orioles pursuing Paul Konerko

Konerko The Orioles have heavy interest in Paul Konerko, as Jim Bowden of MLB Network radio tweets , saying that Baltimore has made an offer to Konerko.

SI.com 's Jon Heyman backs up Bowden, saying the O's have heavy interest in Konerko but as an acquaintance told Heyman, "He's not going to go to Baltimore."

This makes sense for two reasons.

First, the Orioles have long struggled to attract free agents to the club, with Baltimore never being a serious consideration for those who command big dollars. This has to do with Baltimore's years of being a non-factor, no results despite a brimming young team and the competition in the AL East.

There's one other thing harming them when it comes to Konerko, however: it's farther from Chicago than Arizona, where he makes his off-season home. Konerko is either going to the White Sox or a team closer to Arizona, by all indications. Money won't be a problem as he would pull in a pretty penny no matter where he goes.

The O's will just have to find someone else to give the money to.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Report: Gonzalez negotiating extension with Rox

Gonzalez On Tuesday, after announcing Troy Tulowitzki's extension, GM Dan O'Dowd said he would like to lock up Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez to similar extensions.

However, agent Scott Boras shut O'Dowd down when it came to Gonzalez, unsurprisingly.

However, Augusto Cardenas, a Venezuelan baseball writer, says otherwise . Gonzalez confirmed to Cardenas that Boras and the Rockies have indeed been negotiating a long-term contract.

What that means isn't clear. It's possible Gonzalez is simply referring to O'Dowd's inquiry that was shut down. If not, however, things could be interesting in Colorado if they can lock up Gonzalez for one or two of his free-agent seasons.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Edmonds still undecided about a return

Jim Edmonds Jim Edmonds may be considering another comeback -- but he may not be.

"It depends what week I talk to him," his agent, Paul Cohen, told Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman .

Edmonds sat out 2009, only to come back in 2010, first for the Brewers and then the Reds.

Edmonds hit .276/.342/.504 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 272 plate appearances in 2010, doing his best work with the Brewers. Edmonds played in only 13 games with the Reds after his Aug. 9 trade in exchange for Chris Dickerson.

The 40-year old aggravated an Achilles injury in September when he was running around the bases on a home run, if he doesn't return, it would be the last at-bat of his career.

Edmonds had received a cortisone shot late in the season and had hoped to join the team for the playoffs, but wasn't ready in time for the Reds' brief playoff appearance.

At the end of last season, he said he was "leaning toward" retirment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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