All you need to know: MLB rumors and news roundup for Jan. 23

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

In the roundup: The Marlins would like to keep Giancarlo Stanton in Miami long-term. (USATSI)
In the roundup: The Marlins would like to keep Giancarlo Stanton in Miami long-term. (USATSI)

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On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for a fairly busy Thursday, Jan. 23 ...

SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS

- Brewers: At this writing, the Brewers and free agent RHP Matt Garza have not yet officially struck a deal. Earlier on Thursday, however, it was believed they had agreed to a four-year, $52-million contract pending the outcome of Garza's physical.

- Giants: Avoided arbitration with INF Joaquin Arias by signing him to a two-year, $2.6-million deal.

- Indians: Signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

- Orioles: Signed LHP Aaron Laffey to a minor-league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training.

- Rays: Agreed to terms with closer Grant Balfour on a two-year, $12-million contract.

- Royals: Signed RHP Jon Rauch to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

- Twins: Have agreed to transfer LHP Andrew Albers to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Association. (Steve Adams via Twitter)

RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.

- Luis Ayala: Our own Jon Heyman tweets that the Tigers, Indians and Mariners are among those interested in the veteran reliever Ayala.

- Ervin Santana: Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan tweets that as of last week the free agent Santana was seeking a contract worth roughly $60 million over four years.

- Indians: MLB.com's Jordan Bastian writes that the team hasn't yet decided whether Carlos Santana will man third base this season. He'll get time there this spring.

- Marlins: GM Dan Jennings says the organization has let OF Giancarlo Stanton know that they'd like to sign him to a long-term contract. (Jim Bowden via Twitter)

- Mets: RHP Matt Harvey, who's recovering from October Tommy John surgery, says he hopes to return to the mound in September.

- Orioles: The O's are in negotiations with free agent closer Fernando Rodney, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

- Pirates: ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick writes that the Buccos are preparing to enter spring training without A.J. Burnett. Burnett has yet to decide whether he'll pitch in 2014 or retire.

- Red Sox: LHP Jon Lester, who's eligible for free agency after the upcoming season, says he'll be willing to sign a discount contract in order to stay in Boston.

- Tigers: MLB.com's Jason Beck tweets that RHP Max Scherzer, who's eligible for free agency next offseason, is optimistic about working out a new contract with Detroit. He hopes something can get done before spring training, but he won't negotiate during the season.

- Yankees: Our own Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees, having blown past the luxury tax threshold, are now taking a serious look at free agent INF Stephen Drew.

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