Here's all that's worth knowing for Monday, Jan. 6, insofar as hot stove news and rumors are concerned ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Cardinals: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cards have plans to expand their scouting operations in Cuba and Japan.
- Mariners: The M's reportedly must get approval from ownership before they hand out any more major-league contracts of consequence.
- Mets: According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets remain interested in free agent SS Stephen Drew ... Earlier this offseason, the Mets kicked the tires on Jerome Williams, but they haven't shown much interest in the right-hander since signing Bartolo Colon. (Anthony DiComo via Twitter)
- Red Sox: The Sox are looking to acquire outfield depth and to that end may be considering bringing Scott Podsednik out of retirement, reports Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com ... WEEI's Alex Speier writes the Red Sox after the 2014 season will have almost $100 million in payroll coming off the books.
- Reds: The Reds want to sign RHP Homer Bailey -- he of the two no-hitters -- to a long-term contract; however, GM Walt Jocketty thinks that may be a challenge, given the team's budgetary constraints and given the market for young(ish) starting pitching these days. Bailey is eligible for free agency following the 2015 season. (Mark Sheldon, MLB.com)
- Twins: Sources tell Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that signing LHP Johan Santana is "a real possibility" for the Twins. Santana, of course, previously won two Cy Youngs in Minnesota.