All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Jan. 30
The comings and goings from Thursday, including stuff on Michael Young, the Mets, Nelson Cruz, the Orioles and two legendary announcers.
We just crept another day closer to pitchers and catchers reporting and there are still five players who declined qualifying offers (one-year, $14.1 million) sitting on the free agency market unsigned. But the day wasn't without a few nuggets. Let's round 'em up.
Michael Young : Just a day after another player with a very good career and ties to the state of Texas retired, Young made the same decision.
We normally wouldn't add this here, but these are two legends.
Vin Scully: The voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers usually doesn't leave the West coast, but he'll head all the way to Australia to broadcast the Dodgers opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. (latimes.com)
Bob Uecker: Following in the footsteps of Scully, legendary Milwaukee Brewers voice Uecker will now cut back on his travel schedule for the first time in his career while continuing to work home games. (MLB.com)
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
Toronto Blue Jays : According to a report from Toronto, All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler was set to be a Blue Jay, but he exercised his no-trade clause to nix the deal. As we know, Kinsler was later traded to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder .
A.J. Burnett : The free agent starting pitcher is reportedly being pursued by the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles .
Nelson Cruz : The market for Cruz right now, in order, is the Seattle Mariners , Orioles and Texas Rangers , reports Jim Bowden of ESPN. Bowden notes a return to the Rangers would be on a "smaller, 'pillow' deal."
New York Mets : The club is still looking to add a reliever, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. Prospect Wilmer Flores is still an option at shortstop, though he hasn't played the position since 2011, because general manager Sandy Alderson wants to see what kind of progress Flores makes in spring training (MLBlogs Network). Starting pitchers John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka both have an opt-out clause in their minor-league contracts that say each pitcher has the right to leave the club if not with the major-league Mets by June (ESPN New York).
Orioles: They continue to look for a starting pitcher. A Jason Hammel return is possible, but unlikely (baltimoresun.com).
Boston Red Sox : Earlier this week, a minor stir was created when David Ortiz seemed a bit unhappy with his current contract situation, but Thursday Ortiz noted he and the Red Sox have cleared the air and that he only asked for a one-year extension.
Kansas City Royals : They have brought back starter/reliever Bruce Chen on a one-year deal.