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Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 10:23 pm
 

Friday evening rumor roundup

Well, this week has kind of been the March of the Hot Stove League season, in like a lion, out like a lamb -- but there is still some action out there. So here's another roundup.

• The four teams on Justin Upston's no-trade list are the A's, Royals, Tigers and Indians. (FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, via Twitter )

• The Diamondbacks have made a two-year, $3 million offer for Japanese starter Hiro Kobayahsi. (NPB Tracker via Twitter )

• The Braves and Dan Uggla are both open to multiyear contract extension. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• The Braves have made an offer to free agent Eric Hinske. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• The Red Sox are "undecided" whether they will bid for Japanese infielders Tsuyoshi Nishioka. (WEEI.com )

• Larry Stone of the Seattle Times notes Bob Engle, the Mariners vice president for international operations, signed both Cy Young Award winners, Felix Hernandez and Roy Halladay. He's also got 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and 1996 Cy Young-winner Pat Hentgen on his resume.

• The Yankees released reliever Jonathan Albaladejo, who signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. (Star-Ledger )

• There were plenty of 40-man moves on Friday, as teams set their rosters in the deadline for the Rule 5 draft. The most interesting moves belonged to the Pirates, who designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment. The only other name that really jumped out at me was that the Mariners put Josh Lueke on their 40-man roster. Lueke was part of the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. In 2009, Lueke plead no contest to charges of false imprisonment with violence after an incident in 2008. Lueke will be a controversial figure if he gets called up to Seattle.

UPDATE: The Pirates tried to negotiate a contract with Duke, who is arbitration-eligible, and also explored a trade. (MLB.com )

-- 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 17, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Jays get OF Davis for minor-league relievers

Rajai Davis Oh, the excitement that is the Hot Stove League.

No doubt, it's a little warmer in Toronto today at the news of the Blue Jays getting Rajai Davis for minor-league right-handed relievers Trystan Magnusson and Daniel Farquhar.

Magnusson was part of the 2010 Futures Game, but was not one of the team's Top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America.

Davis hit .284/.320/.377 with 50 stolen bases for the A's last season. In his career, he's hit .281/.320/.383 with 142 stolen bases. He can play all three outfield spots, but mostly played center for the A's. He's also played for the Giants and Pirates before coming to Oakland in 2008.

Magnusson went 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 46 games for Double-A New Hampshire, striking out 63 batters and walking 10, while allowing 70 hits in 73 1/3 innings pitched.

Farquhar was 4-3 with a  3.52 ERA in 53 games for New Hampshire, striking out 79 batters, walking 42 and allowing 50 hits in 76 2/3 innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:09 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Report: A's offer Beltre five years, $45M

Adrian Beltre
Dominican newspaper El Dia (link in Spanish) is reporting that the Athletics have offered free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre a five-year deal worth $45 million.

The $9 million annual value is probably not going to get it done, but the offer of five years could up the ante for other teams. Beltre turns 32 early next season, and committing huge money to him until almost 37 could give some teams pause.

The Giants, Angels and Orioles are thought to be suitors for Beltre, and the Red Sox have said they want him back after he batted .321/.365/.553 with 28 homers and 102 RBI on a one-year contract in 2010.

UPDATE: ESPNdeportes.com (link in Spanish) says the offer was for $64 million, not $45 million. With an annual average of $12.8 million, that would be a whole other kettle of fish. Interestingly, it's the same value and length of the contract Beltre signed with Seattle prior to the 2005 season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:47 pm
 

'Completely healthy' Chavez plans to play


Eric Chavez, who hasn't played a full season since 2006 due to numerous back and neck injuries, is "completely healthy" and wants to play in 2011, according to his agent.

Scott Leventhal told the Boston Herald the third baseman, who has spent his entire career with Oakland, is handling "pretty strenuous workouts" five days a week at an Arizona training facility. Though he's just 32, Chavez has been through two operations on his back and three on his shoulder. He played only 33 games last season due to bulging discs, and has just 230 at-bats in the past three seasons combined.

Chavez was a stellar defender and powerful bat in his younger days, and you can't help but root for a guy who's been a victim of so much lousy luck. Here's hoping he can make a successful comeback.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:57 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 7:57 pm
 

Iwamura headed back to Japan

Akinori Iwamura
After a shockingly bad fourth season in the U.S., Akinori Iwamura said he wanted to stick around and try to rebound. But it looks like he got a better offer back home.

NPB Tracker reports via Twitter that a story in Sanspo (the link is all squiggly, so I'll take NPBT's word for it) says Iwamura has a basic agreement with Rakuten of the Pacific League. The second baseman started the 2010 season as the highest-paid member of the Pirates, but they sent him to the minors and finally released him in September after he batted .182 in 54 big-league games. The Athletics signed him for the remainder of the season, but released him after he batted .129 in 10 games.

Iwamura was very good in his first three years in Tampa (.281/.354/.393), but just fell off a cliff this season, and nobody seems to have a good reason why. Some of it was luck -- he had a lousy .208 BABIP (batting average on balls in play) -- but that doesn't explain all of it. Hopefully he can find his form again back home.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

A's name bullpen coach


The Athletics have hired Rick Rodriguez as bullpen coach, according to MLB.com. Rodriguez has been hitting coach for the A's Triple-A club in Sacramento for 10 of the past 11 seasons.

Rodriguez replaces Ron Romanick, who was promoted to succeed Curt Young as major-league pitching coach. The hire completes Bob Geren's staff.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:33 pm
 

A's claim Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion The A's have claimed third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off of waivers from Toronto, the team announced on Friday.

Encarnacion hit .244/.305/.482 for the Blue Jays last season with 21 home runs and 51 RBI.

He finished a two-year contract signed in February of 2009, avoiding arbitration. The Reds traded him as part of the deal that brought Scott Rolen to Cincinnati at the trading deadline in 2009. He made $4.75 million last season and is arbitration eligible.

In June, the Blue Jays designated him for assignment, but then called him back up in early July.

On the last day of the season, he hit his 20th homer of the season and the 100th of his career. Encarnacion will be 28 in February.

The A's could non-tender Kevin Kouzmanoff, their third baseman last season. He led the team with 16 homers, but had 96 strikeouts and 24 walks in 586 plate appearances.

Encarnacion had 60 strikeouts in 367 plate appearances, but did have 29 walks. He is not as good as Kouzmanoff defensively.

Kouzmanoff made $3.1 million last season and is arbitration eligible.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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