Tag:MLB Rumors
Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Eight teams interested in Hall

Hall Bill Hall is receiving extensive interest and has heard from eight teams, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports .

Hall, who rehabilitated his value as a utility player for the Red Sox and rediscovered his power stroke, would make sense for a lot of teams who could play him all over the diamond and get him enough at-bats to appease his desire to play full time.

The Rockies are one team known to be interested in Hall, having called about his services as Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes. The Yankees have also been linked to the utility infielder, while its unknown if Boston is interested in bringing Hall back.

One drawback to having Hall on the team is that he really should get first priority off the bench to play. While that has immense value, it can also get in the way of other bench players who are more restricted in position but may bring other commodities to the table. In addition, if a team is full up on quality position players, it can be hard for the club to allocate playing time.

Take the Red Sox for example. They found enough playing time for Hall in 2010 that enabled him to walk to the plate 382 times, but a lot of those times was due to the injuries of Mike Cameron, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.

The market for top bench players should crystallize over the next week or two once the first several mid-tier players start coming off the board. With Juan Uribe's signing in L.A., the first domino may have fallen.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Report: Uribe to Dodgers

Juan Uribe Fresh off a successful postseason run with the champion Giants (and a $317,000 postseason bonus ), infielder Juan Uribe appears set to join the rival Dodgers. Rumors of the Dodgers' interest have been around for a while, and ESPN.com reports they are close to a three-year deal.

Uribe batted .248/.310/.440 with 24 homers and 85 RBI during the regular season, and drove in nine runs in the postseason. He's a strong defender, especially considering he'll likely make a move from shortstop to second base, where his range is less problematic, in Los Angeles.

This probably means the Dodgers will non-tender Ryan Theriot, who was disappointing after being traded to the Dodgers along with Ted Lilly at the trade deadline. It also adds the Giants to the shortstop market, where they could go after Jason Bartlett or J.J. Hardy.

UPDATE: Various reports say the deal is worth $21 million for three years. If I'm a Dodgers fan, I'm not sure I like this signing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:32 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 9:32 am
 

Report: Yankees did not up Jeter offer


As the never-ending battle of Derek Jeter rumors continues, George King of the New York Post refutes a report Sunday that the Yankees had added $5 million to their offer for the free-agent shortstop, indicating the team is holding tight to its initial figures of three years at $45 million.

King doesn't specify the source of the "extra $5 million" story, but presumably he's referring to a report by Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. If that's the case, in fairness to Heyman, King is mischaracterizing, or at least oversimplifying, what Heyman wrote. He wrote that the Yankees "appear willing to enhance" the offer, not that they already have, and the $50 million number is just speculation.

The Yankees' other top priority is landing pitcher Cliff Lee, and King quotes an industry source saying Lee is looking for $23 million a year for six seasons. That would equal the average annual value of the biggest contract ever given a pitcher, though it would be a year shorter than CC Sabathia's deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:15 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 8:18 pm
 

Francisco expected to accept arbitration

Frank Francisco Rangers reliever Frank Francisco is likely to accept arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports .

Francisco is a Type A free agent, which could be hurting his value on the free-agent market. If a team signed him, he'd cost them a draft pick, something few teams are willing to do for a middle-reliever.

However, if Francisco does accept arbitration and a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, he could return to a different Rangers bullpen. There's been speculation that Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz could be moved to the rotation if the team loses out on Cliff Lee. If that happens, Francisco -- who had 25 saves in 2009 -- could be moved back into the closer's role. Feliz replaced Francisco as the team's closer early in the 2010 season. If he did take over as the team's closer, that would increase his value on the open market for the 2012 season.

At least, that seems to be the gamble Francisco is taking -- if you call getting a near-certain raise any type of gamble. Last season, Francisco made $3.265 million. Francisco appeared in 56 games last season, going 6-4 with 2 saves and a 3.76 ERA, striking out 60 batters while walking 18 in 52 2/3 innings.

If the Rangers miss out on Lee, they could take all that money they had set aside for him and go after closer Rafael Soriano.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:24 pm
 

Crain drawing a lot of interest

Jesse Crain Every year around the Winter Meetings, a player garners more press than he will all the next season and people start wondering where a middle reliever or utility infielder will end up.

Last year Jamey Carroll was talked about again and again in the four days in Indianapolis, before signing a two-year deal with the Dodgers. This year it could be a Twins reliever that finds himself re-tweeted a hundred times in a few days.

Already today, I wrote about the Red Sox having interest in Matt Guerrier, and now MLB.com's Peter Gammons tweets nine teams have shown interest in Jesse Crain. Those teams are the Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Orioles, Cubs, Nationals and Blue Jays. He also adds that Crain would make sense for the Red Sox and Angels, as well.

Crain appeared in 71 games last season with a 1-1 record and 3.04 ERA. He struck out 62 and walked 27 in 68 innings. He made $2 million last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 5:03 pm
 

Werth not close to signing anywhere

Jayson Werth Jayson Werth isn't close to signing anywhere, he tells CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury .

Although there have been rumors in Philadelphia that the outfielder is close to returning to the Phillies, Salibury texted Werth to ask if he was close to signing anywhere.

"Not at all. It's very early. I will make an informed decision in due time," Werth wrote.

Salibury also talked to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who declined comment on Werth or any other free agent.

"All I can tell you is No. 1, we don't comment on rumors, and No. 2, as with our policy, we just don't comment on our dealings with free agents," he said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 4:12 pm
 

Cubs interested in Pena, Berkman

Carlos Pena The Cubs are looking for a first baseman, but appear to be targeting the second-tier to Adam Dunn, including Carlos Pena and Lance Berkman, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi writes .

Pena, a Scott Boras client, may be looking for just a one-year deal to re-establish his value after his 2010 below the Mendoza line. Although Pena hit 28 home runs and had 84 RBI, he hit just .196/.325/.407.

Pena, 32, was not offered arbitration after he hit $10.125 million last season in Tampa.

The Cubs don't have a left-handed power bat on their roster, and Pena would certainly benefit by playing half his games at Wrigley Field. He is also a good defensive first baseman.

Berkman, a switch-hitter, hit .248/.368/.413 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI with the Astros and Yankees. Berkman, who will be 35 next season, hit all but one of his home runs as a left-handed batter in 2010. Berkman has struggled in his career at Wrigley, where he's hit just .220/.355/.384 with 11 home runs in 327 plate appearances.

Although Dunn has reportedly lobbied to play for the Cubs, he doesn't appear to be within their budget.

If the Cubs don't sign a first baseman, outfielder Tyler Colvin could move there.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 3:49 pm
 

Red Sox interested in reliever Guerrier

Matt Guerrier The Red Sox are interested in reliever Matt Guerrier, WEEI.com's Alex Speier writes .

With the Twins, Guerrier led the American League in appearances in 2008 and 2009 and went 5-7 with a  3.17 ERA in 74 games in 2010.

A 32-year old right-hander, Guerrier was a Type A free agent, but the Twins didn't offer him arbitration, so any team that signs him will not give up a draft pick. Guerrier made $3.15 million last season, avoiding arbitration.

In 71 innings, Guerrier struck out 42 and walked 22, while allowing 56 hits and 28 runs (25 earned). Opponents hit .219/.285/.340 against Guerrier, right-handers hit .210/.264/.347 against him, while lefties were more successful, hitting .236/.324/.326 against him, but only one of the seven homers hit off him came from a left-handed batter.

Guerrier is represented by Joe Bick, who is also the agent for Boston's Kevin Youkilis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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