Posted on: February 11, 2010 1:12 pm

Sheffield considering options

George A. King III of the New York Post is reporting the Mets aren't interested in 41-year-old veteran slugger Gary Sheffield.

Sheffield, who batted .276 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 100 games last season for the Mets, told the Post he has not been contacted by the Mets. He did say he was considering offers from other teams.

Sheffield, who made his major league debut in 1988 with the Brewers, has 509 homers with 1,676 RBI, while batting .292 in his career.



Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:39 pm

Dodgers to pass on righty Wang

Ken Gurnick of is reporting the Dodgers aren't interested in Chien-Ming Wang after watching him throw on Wednesday. General manager Ned Colletti and assistant Logan White were on hand during a Wang throwing session in Arizona.

Wang, who turns 30 in March, is still not throwing off the mound after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Wang was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA for the Yankees last season. In 2006, he was 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA and in '07, he was 19-7 with a 3.70 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are still in a need of an established fifth starter.

Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:22 pm

Taveras headed back to Houston?

Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports the Astros are interested in bringing back speedy center fielder Willy Taveras.

Taveras, who started his career with the Astros, was recently released by the Athletics. He was traded to Oakland during the offseason after hitting .240 with one home run and 15 RBI with Cincinnati in 2009. He swiped a career-high 68 bases in 2008 with the Rockies and stole 25 bases with the Reds last season.

Houston assistant GM David Gottfried has been in contact with Taveras' agent, Barry Praver.

"If Willy clears waivers, then we would have an interest in talking to him about a non-roster opportunity," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He would have to come in and compete for one of the extra outfield spots."
Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2010 1:09 pm

Slow down on Washburn-to-O's rumor

While is reporting the Orioles are interested in lefty Jarrod Washburn, Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun -- with assistance from beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec -- says don't plan on it.

Zrebiec talked with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy McPhail, who claimed the Birds haven't had recent talks with Washburn's agent Scott Boras, are likely done shopping for free agents and ready to head to camp. However, McPhail did say if Washburn's price was lowered, it would be worth looking into.

Washburn was 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA last season with the Mariners before being shipped to the Tigers for the stretch run. That didn't work out so well as he went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight starts with Detroit.
Posted on: February 10, 2010 12:40 pm

Schierholtz Giants leader for RF job

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports  will enter spring training as the favorite to win the Giants right-field job, which was vacated when veteran Randy Winn signed a deal with the Yankees.

Schierholtz, who turns 26 on Feb. 15, batted .267 with five homers and 29 RBI in 116 games and 308 plate appearances in 2009. Last season was his first as a full-time starter. He only played in 19 games in 2008 and 39 games in '07.

Andres Torres and Eugenio Velez will challenge Schierholtz for the job in the spring. Torres batted .270 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 75 games last season, while Velez hit .267 with five homers and 31 RBI in 84 games.
Posted on: February 10, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: February 11, 2010 12:39 pm

Nats pursuing Wang; Dodgers to witness workout is reporting the Nationals are highly interested in free-agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. At the team's FanFest on Jan. 31, general manager Mike Rizzo said the team was looking for one more veteran starter.

Wang, who had shoulder surgery in July, went 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA for the Yankees last season before shutting it down for the surgery. In 2006, he was 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA and in '07, the Japanese pitcher was 19-7 with a 3.70 ERA.

The right-hander, 29, will likely begin the season on the disabled list. He is also receiving interest from the Dodgers and Mets.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported on his Twitter page Wednesday morning that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and one of the team's top executives plan on watching Wang throw at some point today.

Posted on: February 10, 2010 11:14 am

Damon interested in Atlanta

Free agent Johnny Damon texted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he considers the Braves 'on top of [his wish] list' as a future employer.

Damon, 36, hit .282 with 24 homers and 82 RBI for the Yankees last season. He batted .364 (8 for 22), scoring six runs and plating four RBI during the New York's World Series championship last year.

Atlanta GM Frank Wren recently said he is happy with the Braves' current roster, but will consider several free agents if the market falls into their budget.

The Tigers and Rays are also considering Damon, who started his career with the Royals in 1995.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 12:37 pm

Mark Reynolds deal with Arizona

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic takes a look at why a three-year deal with Mark Reynolds makes sense for the Diamondbacks.

Piecoro compares a deal for Reynolds similar to something Florida would give Dan Uggle and estimates a three-year deal in the $14 million-$15 million range would be fair.

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