Tag:MLB Rumors
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:37 am
 

Rangers' Ryan denies Pettitte story

Rangers president/owner Nolan Ryan shot down a New York Daily News report that Texas is pursuing Andy Pettitte.

The report never did make any sense, as Pettitte has been clear that his options are retiring or returning for another year with the Yankees. Ryan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram his only contact with Pettitte was an October phone call in which the pitcher, a partner with Ryan in two minor-league teams, called to wish him luck in the World Series.

"I asked him if he thought he was going to play in 2011 or retire," Ryan said. "He said if he played it would be with the Yankees because he wanted to retire with the Yankees. It wasn't like I was asking him if he wanted to come play for us."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 8:07 am
 

Rockies making huge splash

Troy Tulowitzki
The Rockies have seldom been major players in the free-agent market, but they definitely have a track record for taking care of their own. And Monday night, word broke that they are on the brink of making a couple of major commitments.

The big one is essentially a lifetime deal for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He's already wrapped up through 2014, but the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are set to give him a seven-year extension worth $134 million that would take him through the 2020 season, when he'll be 36. It's an extraordinary move to commit guaranteed money to a player 10 years in advance, but the Rockies are gambling he'll be a perennial All-Star and in the end the deal will prove to be a bargain.

Tulowitzki was nothing short of phenomenal in 2010, leading all MLB shortstops in average (.315), on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.568) and home runs (27). He missed more than a month after his wrist was broken by a pitch, or he might have put up some record-breaking numbers. He hit an insane 15 September home runs with 40 RBI. And by the way, he's also considered by many the best defensive shortstop in the game.

Hall of Famer Tracy Ringolsby of insidetherockies.com says that in addition to the existing contract, Tulo's new deal activates his 2014 club option at $14 million and adds $119 million for six additional years.

It will go down as a footnote now, but the Rockies also are poised to re-sign left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, which just a week ago seemed extremely unlikely. Troy Renck of the Post says it's unclear whether it will be a two- or three-year deal (things were thought to have broken down with De La Rosa's insistence on a four-year deal, but apparently the market was softer than he thought), which in the latter case would be worth about $30 million.

Big, big night for the Rockies.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:00 pm
 

Yankees close to re-signing Rivera

Rivera The Yankees are on the verge of completing a deal with Mariano Rivera, worth a reported $17 million for 2011 as the Toronto Sun reports.

It is not yet known if a second year is added in the deal, something Rivera wanted and the Yankees are resisting. The 41-year-old had one of the better seasons of his career despite a low whiff rate compared to previous seasons.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:30 pm
 

De la Rosa may sign quickly

de la Rosa Jorge de la Rosa may be ready to find a new home instead of waiting out the Cliff Lee sweepstakes.

FOX Sports ' Ken Rosenthal reports that both the Rockies and Nationals have submitted bids for the lefty. One or two other teams are expected to do so by the close of Tuesday. Those teams are unknown, but the Pirates and Orioles are among the known suitors.

De la Rosa, who once was part of the Curt Schilling trade to Boston, posted a 4.22 ERA in 20 starts for Colorado before becoming a free agent. The Rockies have refused to go longer than three years, citing concerns about de la Rosa's commitment to conditioning.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Mets close to agreement with Chris Young

Young The Mets are on the verge of agreeing to a contract with right-hander Chris Young, as Buster Olney of ESPN relays.

While Young struggles to top 85 mph with his fastball these days, he is also able to soak up innings who would be a good fit for Citi Field. Young could also recoup some lost velocity now that he is fully healthy following a right-shoulder strain. New York doesn't have much financial flexibility which limits the Mets to bargain-basement shopping.

In that respect, Young is as good as it gets when it comes to finding starters to round out the rotation.

Young will join a rotation that has Johan Santana knocked out for the first half of the year, plus Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and a mess of other options that include Dillon Gee.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:33 pm
 

Rangers making play for Pettitte

Pettitte The Rangers are making a play for a Yankees lefthander, with president Nolan Ryan phoning Andy Pettitte as the New York Daily News reports.

Pettitte, who is currently deciding between retirement and playing another season, has said he will only play for the Yankees but could change his mind. The pull to play another year is strong, but Pettitte is finding it increasingly difficult to make his home in New York while the regular season is occurring.

The Rangers don't play as close to his Houston-based home as the Astros due (where Pettitte pitched from 2004-06), but could offer him a shot at contending. If Texas came to Pettitte with a strong contract offer befitting his stature as a No. 2 starter, he may find it difficult to remain with New York. Pettitte is coming off a one-year deal worth $11.75 million and certainly earned the right to ask for a raise after going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts.

Pettitte's future likely won't be decided until after Cliff Lee's, so there is still a long way to go.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Interest in Jason Bartlett accelerating

Bartlett With Juan Uribe's three-year deal taking the top middle infield option off the free agent market, discussions surrounding shortstop Jason Bartlett have intensified, as FOX Sports ' Ken Rosenthal points out.

Tampa Bay is expected to deal Bartlett in his final year of arbitration with Reid Brignac ready to step into the starting job. The Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Orioles and Pirates are all interested in Bartlett, and the Giants may be scrambling thanks to Uribe's defection to their rivals.

The Rays are expected to seek bullpen help for Bartlett, as the club has to rebuild virtually its entire corps. The Rays got one bit of good news in that regard when Grant Balfour said he was likely to accept Tampa's offer of arbitration as the St. Petersburg Times points out.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Giants inquire after Derek Jeter

Jeter The Wall Street Journal reports that the Giants have contacted Derek Jeter's agent in gauging Jeter's interest in playing for the Giants.

However, many in the game remain skeptical that Jeter will leave New York, unless so disillusioned by the process that he feels it's time to leave. Given how unlikely that is, the current state of talks remains viewed as nothing but grandstanding and posturing by both sides.

"Every team will have to make a read as to whether it's real, whether there's a chance to get him," an executive from another club told the Journal . "Nothing's going to come of it. He's going to sign back with them, I'm sure."

Before that happens, Jeter is expected to do exactly as GM Brian Cashman suggested he do, and that's shop the Yankees' offer, which no other team will be interested in topping. However, the Giants, coming off a World Series win and in desperate need for a shortstop, are at least doing due diligence in speaking with Jeter's agent. Brian Sabean, San Francisco's GM, was vice president of player development when Jeter was drafted in 1992, so there is some history there.

Alas, the Giants are not seriously pursuing Jeter at this point and one has to think won't get to that point unless Jeter tells them he will accept less than the Yankees' offer to play on the West Coast.

That's doubtful to happen.

-- Evan Brunell

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