All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 9

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Masahiro Tanaka market seems to be heating up. (USATSI)
The Masahiro Tanaka market seems to be heating up. (USATSI)

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On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for Thursday, Jan. 9 ...

SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS

- Nationals: Have signed INF Jamey Carroll to a minor-league contract.

- Rays: Have signed INF Jayson Nix to a minor-league contract.

RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.

- Masahiro Tanaka: CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the coveted Japanese right-hander was in Los Angeles Thursday for a physical and to meet with certain interested teams. Heyman writes that the Yankees, Cubs, Blue Jays, White Sox, Dodgers and Diamondbacks. As well, the Mariners, Angels, Twins and Rangers may have some interest in the 25-year-old ace ... Elsewhere, the Red Sox, tweets Alex Speier, have been in touch with Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, but have not yet met with him ... As for the Astros, according to Evan Drellich they're not likely to sign Tanaka.

- Mariners: Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is reportedly a candidate to become the next president of the Mariners.

- Mets: Regarding those ubiquitous Ike Davis trade rumors, GM Sandy Alderson tells MLB.com's Anthony DiComo that he's "not that actively engaged" in trying to move Davis right now.

- Orioles: Buck Showalter says he still expects 3B Manny Machado (knee) to be ready by opening day. (Roch Kubatko via Twitter)

- Pirates: Pitching coach Ray Searage says he's preparing for the 2014 season as though RHP A.J. Burnett is going to retire.

- Red Sox: Alex Speier tweets that although GM Ben Cherington has been in regular contact with free agent SS Stephen Drew, they haven't spoken since the holidays.

- Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander underwent core muscle surgery on Thursday, but he's expected to be recovered in time to participate in spring training.

- Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, who's currently waiting for an arbitrator to rule on his 211-game Biogenesis-related suspension, may seek an injunction if the final verdict isn't to his liking ... Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Yankees may have some interest in rehabbing lefty Johan Santana.

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