The only way to start Thursday's hot stove roundup is to point you towards Jon Heyman's blog for the latest on Robinson Cano and the Mariners. The winter's top free agent traveled to Seattle on Thursday and the team is prepared to offer him a nine-year contract worth $225 million. The Yankees insist they will not go beyond seven years and $175 million, so something has to give.
Here is the rest of Thursday's hot stove news, which includes six free agent signings and one trade.
Angels: Signed LHP Clay Rapada to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The reliever has held lefty batters to a .164/.255/.231 batting line in his career. (Orange County Register)
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Cubs: Will cede their pick in next week's Rule 5 Draft to the Phillies to settle a grievance. Chicago improperly optioned RHP Lendy Castillo to Triple-A in 2012 after he did not spend required 90 days their active roster in 2011. They took the righty from Philadelphia in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft. (MLB.com)
Yankees: Growing more optimistic that RHP Hiroki Kuroda will return for 2014. "He wants to come back ... he is definitely interested in coming back to the Yankees," said GM Brian Cashman to reporters. (Star Ledger)