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Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:22 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 8:47 pm
 

Olivo on verge of signing with club

Olivo Miguel Olivo is on the verge of finding a new home and will ink a two-year, $7.5 million deal as the Denver Post 's Troy Renck reveals.

The team? That's not known yet, but Seattle looks like the most likely destination. It would be his second stint with the Mariners, who got him from the White Sox in the 2004 Freddy Garcia deal, then traded him to the Padres a year later.

Olivo had a scorching first half for the Rockies in 2010 but fell to pieces in the second and did not have his option picked up. He was dealt to Toronto who ended up non-tendering him, allowing Olivo to hit the market. Presumably, the Jays couldn't come to agreement on a pact with Olivo and it appears as if Olivo made the right move given the deal he is on the verge of signing.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Martin down to four teams

Russell Martin Four teams -- the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees and Rockies -- are the finalists for catcher Russell Martin, FanHouse's Ed Price writes .

Martin was non-tendered by the Dodgers last week, but has found a healthy market for his services. Martin was limited to 97 games last season with a hip injury and has seen his numbers nosedive since his two-year run as one of the better catchers in the game in his first three seasons.

From 2006-08, Martin hit .285/.373/.433 with 42 home runs. In the last two years, he's hit .249/.350/.330 with 12 home runs.

The Red Sox re-signed Jason Varitek last week, but may not be comfortable with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their starter. The Yankees will be moving Jorge Posada to designated hitter, while turning over the catching spot to über-prospect Jesus Montero.

The Rockies and Blue Jays have lost catchers Miguel Olivo and John Buck, respectively, to free agency.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:01 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 7:10 pm
 

Dodgers eyeing former Red Sox

Johnny Damon The Dodgers  are short an idiot from the 2004 Red Sox now that Manny Ramirez is gone, so the team is looking at Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting .

Rosenthal notes the Dodgers have contact with "virtually every free-agent catcher" -- including Rod Barajas, A.J. Pierzynski and Miguel Olivo. The team is talking to Russell Martin, but if no agreement is met by Thursday, the deadline for tendering contracts, he'll likely become a free agent.

Along with martin, A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez are the only catchers on the Dodgers' 40-man roster. Martin suffered a labial tear in his right hip and has yet to start running, Rosenthal reports.

Damon served primarily as a designated hitter for the Tigers, but would need to play left field for Los Angeles, replacing Scott Podsednik, who came over late in a trade from the Royals to replace Ramirez.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:59 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 5:47 am
 

Wednesday evening rumor roundup

Hot Stove Wednesday wasn't quite as exciting as Tuesday's rumor-mongering at the GM meetings, but hey, we did get a trade and an overpaid free agent signing, so it wasn't all that different. Here's some of the other stuff that went down -- or has been talked about -- 'round Orlando and beyond.

• The Rockies are interested in Jon Garland, but aren't looking to offer much beyond a one-year deal. (Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman via Twitter )

• The Nationals are one of "six or eight" teams to have talked with Twins free agent starter Carl Pavano. (Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post )

• The Brewers hope to extend second baseman Rickie Weeks, who will be a free agent following the 2011 season. (Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel )

• Jorge de la Rosa will move quickly on signing, preferably signing before the Cliff Lee sweepstakes is wrapped up. He'll jump on an offer from the Nationals or Pirates if the terms are right. (Troy Renck of the Denver Post )

• The Rockies have been aggressive in Orlando with trades and free agents. The team has interest in Oakland third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. (Renck via Twitter)

• Miguel Olivo is drawing interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays. (FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi )

• The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to fill their need of a left-handed hitter, but aren't expected to make a move until after the Dec. 2 non-tender date. (Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers )

• The Phillies have done "extensive" groundwork on a deal for the White Sox's Carlos Quentin, who would replace Jayson Werth. (ESPN.com's Jayson Stark )

• Oakland, Toronto and Colorado have interest in Kansas City's Alex Gordon. (MLB.com's Dick Kaegel )

• Tsuyoshi Nishioka was officially posted on Wednesday (U.S. time), so the bidding will close at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Orioles, Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Red Sox have all been mentioned by Japanese media as teams with interest. (YakyuBaka.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:10 pm
 

What are the Blue Jays thinking?

Miguel Olivo
What's the deal with the Blue Jays? First they trade a player to be named later to the Rockies for catcher Miguel Olivo, then they promptly decline the 2011 option on Olivo's contract, paying a $500,000 buyout. So at this point, they are out a PTBNL and half a million dollars, and they have nothing to show for it.

Well, that's not entirely true. Olivo is now their property, so if he signs elsewhere, they get the compensatory pick for him as a Type B free agent, which is a sandwich pick after the first round. Is a sandwich pick worth $500,000? Actually, it might be, especially in a year when the draft is as deep as next year's is shaping up to be.

Let's look at the last really deep draft, in 2005. Sandwich picks that year included Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie, plus others who have seen time in the majors (Travis Buck, Garrett Olson, Ryan Tucker, Cesar Ramos). Is it worth $500,000 to have a Buchholz or Lowrie under control at low cost for six years? Definitely. But the Jays would have to hope they pick well there.

So maybe the Jays aren't nuts. Except, now general manager Alex Anthopoulos says the draft pick was not the reason he made these decisions. Actually, his comments in a conference call with reporters didn't leave things completely clear.

"No [on making the moves to get the compensation pick], and I've been reading a lot of that today. There's a lot of components with that. We didn't talk about the players that we pursued last offseason. When we signed John Buck, we were really agonizing over -- at the time -- Miguel Olivo and John Buck. ... Collectively, we elected to go with John Buck. Knowing that John's a free agent and, as we continue to gather information, whether it's just getting a sense of a market and so on, it seems to be, and rightfully so, that the market for John Buck is going to be incredibly strong."
OK, so the Jays acquired Olivo so they could keep him as insurance because they think Buck is going to end up out of their price range. And they definitely need a veteran catcher as they work Catcher of the Future J.P. Arencibia into the majors next season. So why not just pick up Olivo's $2.5 million option? If they are able to bring back Buck, they could just trade Olivo. If they do lose Buck and then try to sign Olivo, it's not like the catcher's agent is going to give them credit for the $500,000 they already paid him -- that's a sunk cost. Now every dollar over $2 million they pay him for next year would be money they might as well have set on fire. And it's almost certainly going to take more than $2 million to sign him.

Another danger: In order to get the sandwich pick, a team has to offer a player salary arbitration and the player has to decline. So the Jays will have to offer, and what if, Buck or no Buck, Olivo accepts? After batting .269, the second-highest average of his career, he's not going to get less than his $2 million 2010 salary in arbitration, plus he's already got half a million in his pocket. It's a win-win for Olivo.

And it looks like a lose-lose for Toronto. Maybe they've got an end game we're not aware of yet, but this is a curious series of decisions.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 9:12 am
 

Jays acquire Olivo, decline option

Miguel Olivo The Rockies have traded catcher Miguel Olivo to the Blue Jays for a player to be named, the Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports (via Twitter ).

The Rockies had a $2.5 million option and expexted to decline it if they didn't work out a trade. Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 2010. Olivo had a hot start, hitting .325/.377/.548 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break and .193/.225/.313 after the break.

The move saves Colorado the $500,000 buyout of his option.

UPDATE: As MLB.com's Jordan Bastain points out (via Twitter ), the Jays have until midnight to pick up Olivo's option, and that's not a given.

UPDATE: Bastain was all over it. As he reports (on Twitter ), the Jays declined the option on Olivo. Olivo is a Type B free agent, so the Blue Jays may have picked up seven picks for the 2011 draft with two Type A (Jason Frasor, Scott Downs) and three Type B (Kevin Gregg, John Buck, Olivo) free agents.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:01 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Olivo unlikely to return to Rockies

Miguel Olivo Miguel Olivo is unlikely to return to the Rockies, that's what we've known for weeks.

The Rockies have a $2.5 million option on the catcher for 2010. Foxsports.com's Tracy Ringolsby reports (via Twitter ) that the team has declined its option on Olivo. However, MLB.com's Thomas Harding talked to general manager David O'Dowd, who said the team has yet to make a decision.

"We're allowed to take our time and make a decision tomorrow," O'Dowd told Harding.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post seems to make some sense of this, tweeting the team will likely decline the option, but is trying to work out a trade before making the decision.

Chris Iannetta is in the second year of a three-year, $8.35 million contract.

Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 2010. Olivo had a hot start, hitting .325/.377/.548 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break and .193/.225/.313 after the break.

Iannetta was hardly a world-beater, either. He hit .197/.318/.383 with nine home runs. Only three of his homers came after the break.

The Rockies did make one move -- and it was announced and confirmed -- declining its $7.5 million option on left-hander Jeff Francis. The Associated Press reported the team also declined its $4.5 million option on reliever Octavio Dotel.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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