Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:21 pm

Oswalt market depends on Gio, Jurrjens

Veteran free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt is waiting for a couple of the hot young starting pitchers on the market to be dealt before finding his spot. Nothing appears imminent with Oswalt, and it may not be until Gio Gonzalez and Jair Jurrjens are dealt.

Oswalt is believed to have drawn some level of interest from the Red Sox, Nationals, Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rangers and Twins.

However, reasonably the Rangers may be less interested after winning the bid for Yu Darvish, the Yankees seem to have prioritized others and the Twins may not be able to afford him.

Oswalt remains one of the most desirable free-agent pitchers remaining, especially since he may consider a one-year deal.
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:17 pm

Yankees, Rockies, others like Kuroda

The attention is all on hot Japanese righthander Yu Darvish, but veteran countryman Hiroki Kuroda is drawing significant interest as well.

Kuroda is much lighter on buzz, but some teams actually prefer Kuroda, as he is the proven one in the majors. The Yankees, who are said to have placed a "modest" bid on Darvish and have no expectation of winning the posting process, seem to almost prefer Kuroda, anyway.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks are also believed interested in Kuroda. While Kuroda turned down overtures from several teams at the trade deadline because he preferred to stay with the Dodgers, a person close to Kuroda said he is open to playing in New York and a few other places. He hasn't ruled out returning to Japan, either.

He is believed to be interested in a two-year deal. Kuroda made $12 million in base salary and would likely receive at least that off another productive season in L.A.

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 12:02 pm

Brackman Signs With Reds

Former Yankees No. 1 draft choice Andrew Brackman has an agreement on a one-year, major-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

Brackman had a disappointing 2011 season in the minors, going 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA for Triple-A Scranton but he allowed no runs in a brief 2 1/3-inning September cameo with the Yankees. He is a hard thrower who had problems with control, both striking out and walking 75 batters last year at Scranton.

Sources say the Reds would be happy if he came close to tapping his vast potential.

The Yankees released him rather than pay the good money he would have been entitled following the year. Sources indicate he will receive the major-league minimum $480,000 plus a half million in incentives with Cincinnati.

Trivia: Brackman is a Cincinnati native. He attended Moeller High School -- the alma mater of Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin, David Bell and Buddy Bell. He was also a high school teammate of the Giants' Eric Surkamp.

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