The third day of the GM Meetings brought a little more hot stove excitement than the first two days, including three signings. The meetings conclude on Thursday, but GMs and owners and front office staff will all head back to Orlando in roughly three weeks for the Winter Meetings. That's when hot stove hell breaks lose.
Before we recap the day in news, I implore you to head over to Jon Heyman's blog. He has updates on Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Yankees and David Freese, the Mets and Jhonny Peralta, the Mariners, the Rangers, J.J. Hardy and Shelby Miller, Mark Trumbo, Ike Davis the Dodgers' outfielders, the asking prices for Ervin Santana and Johan Santana, and a whole lot more. Thirteen (!) posts in all today. Madness.
Now let's recap the rest of Wednesday's news from around the league.
• Braves: Avoiding arbitration with LHP Jonny Venters, who is returning from his second Tommy John surgery. He signed a one-year deal worth $1.625 million. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Sportsnet.ca)
RUMORS & SPECULATION
• Mets: Have interest in free agent RHP Alfredo Aceves. He's durable and can fill pretty much any role. Also, he might be crazy. (Boston Globe)
• Tigers: Cy Young Award winner RHP Max Scherzer told reporters he is open to signing an extension with the Tigers, but "it also takes two to dance." The team is "gauging interest" in RHPs Doug Fister and Rick Porcello as well. (mLive.com and Fox Sports)