The last Friday before Christmas was as quiet as one would expect in terms of MLB news. Well, save for the drama between the Orioles and a certain free agent closer. Let's get after it.
GRANT BALFOUR DRAMA
- Though it's not technically a signing, the A's claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off waivers from the Rays, per Jane Lee of MLB.com. Reliever Pedro Figueroa was released as a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster, the A's announced.
RUMORS, REPORTS AND SPECULATION
- Jonathan Papelbon: The Phillies and Orioles have at least discussed a trade that would send Papelbon to Baltimore, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN.com. Kubatko notes, however, that the O's would have to eat a large amount of the salary. Considering they dealt Jim Johnson because they didn't want to pay him $10 million this coming season, that seems unlikely.
- Marlins: They'd like a veteran reliever, per the club's official site.
- Yankees: What if they don't land another starter this offseason? Could Andy Pettitte again come out of retirement? Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that GM Brian Cashman believes Pettitte is "done for good."