Another early offseason day, another slow day in terms of moves actually being made. So we have speculation, rumors and sourced reports to pass along. Let's dive in with our one-stop shop, chock full of links for the full story.
•Our own Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees appear ready to spend heavily again this winter after a brief hiatus from the big-time free agency scene. He named Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka as one of the many top-echelon free agents at whom they are "looking closely."
Tanaka, 25, went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings this past season for the NPB champion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
•The Twins appear to be considering a reunion with Johan Santana. I checked out if that would be a good fit. Don't worry, though, Twins fans. It's not like they are planning on just grabbing Santana and hoping he fills the top of the rotation. La Velle Neal of the Star Tribune reports that the Twins are also eyeing Ervin Santana, Scott Feldman and Ricky Nolasco, though it can't yet be determined how serious they are about anyone. Still, it appears the net the Twins are planning to cast on finding starting pitching is rather large.
•Some Rangers notes from their MLB.com beat writer: They've gotten calls from other teams looking to buy low on first baseman Mitch Moreland, they have made an offer to free agent pitcher Colby Lewis and are not making it a secret that, yes, they will entertain offers for one of their big-league middle infielders. Earlier this week I speculated the Cardinals could be a match here.
•Also from Heyman, the Red Sox have interest in Tim Hudson. If they sign him, it could signify a trade to shore up a different position, because if you include Felix Doubront with the season-ending rotation, they already have six starting pitchers.
•The Dodgers are reportedly open to dealing one of the following trio: Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Eye On Baseball's Mike Axisa breaks it down. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News notes that the Mets could be a fit for Ethier.