The coils of the hot stove were indeed a smoldering red on Wednesday, as we saw one of the biggest trades in recent memory go down. Now let's run down all you need to know ...
- Jon Heyman broke the news of a huge trade between the Tigers and Rangers that sent 1B Prince Fielder and $30 million to Texas and 2B Ian Kinsler to Detroit. Texas GM Jon Daniels subsequently announced that Fielder would play first base next season and not be the regular DH.
- Nationals: Announced the signing of 30-year-old Mexican League closer Gabriel Alfaro to a minor-league contract.
- Pirates: Have signed RHP Seth McClung to a minor-league contract.
- Yankees: Not exactly hot stove-related, but Alex Rodriguez walked out of his arbitration hearing in frustration after MLB commissioner Bud Selig declined to testify or even attend. The hearing is to determine whether A-Rod's 211-game suspension for his alleged role in the Biogensis scandal will stand.
- Mets: Matthew Cerrone tweets that the Mets have talked internally about pursuing Brewers OF Ryan Braun via trade ... Mike Puma tweets that, as free agent starters go, the Mets are more fond of Phil Hughes than Bronson Arroyo ... Puma also tweets that the Mets had interest in signing INF Jhonny Peralta to a two-year deal; however, Peralta is seeking three years.
- Yankees: Not surprisingly, Buster Olney names the Yankees, Rangers and Red Sox as being among the "more than half-dozen" teams interested in free agent C Brian McCann ... Mark Feinsand tweets that the Yanks are focused on McCann and Carlos Beltran right now but still have interest in closer Joe Nathan.