Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:14 am

Gregg considering Florida and Colorado

Reliever Kevin Gregg has narrowed his choices to the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins, as reported by the Denver Post .

"I am not overly optimistic, but we have a chance," Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said Monday. "Our job would be as a setup guy."

That is the hang-up for Gregg, who wants to be a closer. He likes the idea of spring training in Arizona, where he lives. And he likes the Rockies' chances of reaching the playoffs. But the Rockies have a proven closer.

In Florida, Leo Nuñez is not nearly as entrenched. Gregg could compete for the spot

Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:07 am

Damon would consider the Tigers

According to the Detroit News , Johnny Damon would talk to the Tigers about joining the club.

"Johnny believes the addition of him to Detroit's lineup would make the Tigers a winner," said Scott Boras, Damon's agent.

The Tigers are looking for top-of-the-order punch after the departures of Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco. They are particularly needy on the left side of the plate, and Damon, of course, is a left-hand hitter
Posted on: January 26, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2010 1:56 pm

Sheets signs with the A's / Cubs sign Nady

Danny Knobler of has learned that Ben Sheets signed with the A's for $10 million.  Read Danny's full blog entry .

He also reports that the Cubs have a deal with free-agent outfielder Xavier Nady.  Read that post, too.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 1:00 pm

Cardinals out of the mix for Edmonds

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat has learned that the potential suitors for Jim Edmonds has been narrowed to two teams and that the Cardinals are not one of those teams.

It is not known if the two clubs still involved in negotiations with Edmonds are offering him a major-league roster spot or if he would still have to go to spring training as a non-roster player and try to make the team.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:56 pm

Is Thome's path cleared to sign with Minnesota?

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune :

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that free-agent slugger Jim Thome won’t return to the team this year, a decision that could clear the way for Thome to sign with the Twins.

Another report said the Rays and Tigers are also interested in Thome but called the Twins the favorite to sign him.

Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:54 pm

Is Upton long-term deal in the works?

Despite an arbitration hearing looming between B.J. Upton and the Rays, the St. Petersburg Times suggests he's still opened to signing a long-term deal with the club.

Upton said, "I love the city of Tampa, and I'd definitely love to be here for an extensive period of time. If that's something that they want to talk about, I'm definitely open ears for it."

Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the interest is mutual.
Category: MLB
Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:49 pm

Sheets getting good reports is reporting that Ben Sheets agent is seeking $8 million for 2010 and the pitcher is getting very good reports from several scouts. The A's, Rangers and Mets are in the mix.

Posted on: January 25, 2010 1:38 pm

Mets roundup

Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News has the latest on the Mets:

Catcher - Omir Santos will start if they don't add anyone else.  Henry Blanco would be the backup. 
Pitching - could add another starter.  John Smoltz, Ben Sheets and Jon Garland are options.
First - Carlos Delgado lacks ranger and ability to move to first so Fernando Tatis could return.
Centerfield - Gary Matthews may not start right off the bat.  Angel Pagan could get a shot.

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