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All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 6

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Add another team to the list of Bronson Arroyo suitors. (USATSI)
Add another team to the list of Bronson Arroyo suitors. (USATSI)

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Here's all that's worth knowing for Monday, Jan. 6, insofar as hot stove news and rumors are concerned ...

SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS

- Indians: Signed OF Jeff Francoeur to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training ... Also signed RHP Scott Atchison to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

- Mariners: Signed C Humberto Quintero to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

- Mets: Signed C Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

- Pirates: Signed OF Chris Dickerson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.

- Chris Capuano: The lefty is seeking a two-year deal this offseason, tweets Buster Olney.

- Angels: The Halos are going to pursue free agent RHP Masahiro Tanaka, but, as Jeff Fletcher tweets, they're likely not among the favorites to land him.

- Athletics: One unnamed MLB exec tells Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that the A's could be darkhorse contenders for Masahiro Tanaka.

- Cardinals: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cards have plans to expand their scouting operations in Cuba and Japan.

- Cubs: RHP Jeff Samardzija says he'd be very unlikely to sign a contract extension with a new team, should the Cubs opt to trade him. (Patrick Mooney, CSN Chicago)

- 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)

- Orioles: ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets that the Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo.

- 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.

 
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