2013 Winter Meetings: Thursday's hot stove news, rumors roundup
The Winter Meetings ended with four notable free agent signings and two trades on Thursday. Here's a recap of the final day of the event.
The 2013 Winter Meetings are over, and, frankly, they were a bit of a letdown. There was no blockbuster trade or major free agent signing, just some smaller but still notable moves. Make sure you check out our full Winter Meetings wrap-up for a breakdown of the week.
Thursday's hot stove action started with the Rule 5 Draft, during which only nine players were selected. That's the fewest in 15 years. Four notable free agent signings and two minor trades headlined the rest of the day as teams and executives fled Orlando. Here's a recap of the Thursday's news and rumors.
San Francisco Giants : Agreed to a one-year contract worth $6 million with 1B/OF Mike Morse. He's expected to play left field primarily.
Philadelphia Phillies : Agreed to sign RHP Roberto Hernandez , formerly known as Fausto Carmona. It's a one-year deal.
Pittsburgh Pirates : Agreed to re-sign SS Clint Barmes . It's believed to be a one-year contract.
Texas Rangers : Signed 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, UTIL Brent Lillibridge, RHP Armando Rodriguez and IF Josh Wilson to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training, the team announced.
Detroit Tigers : Agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with RHP Joba Chamberlain . He'll join their setup crew.
Chicago Cubs : Acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for OF Brian Bogusevic . Both teams get a platoon bat.
Baltimore Orioles : Acquired C David Freitas from the Oakland Athletics as the player to be named later in last week's Jim Johnson trade, the team announced.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
RHP Grant Balfour : The Orioles prefer to sign him to a two-year contract and not something longer. (Jon Heyman)
Atlanta Braves : Interested in trading for RHP Jeff Samardzija . They're looking to replace Tim Hudson near the front of the rotation.
St. Louis Cardinals : Have discussed 2B Brian Roberts . They are wary of his injury history, however. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
New York Mets : Met with the Milwaukee Brewers about a trade involving 1B Ike Davis . Milwaukee lost out on Corey Hart on Wednesday ... Next move will be to look for a young shortstop because they believe they'll have to overpay SS Stephen Drew to keep him away from the Boston Red Sox . (Fox Sports)
Washington Nationals : Will focus on signing RHP Jordan Zimmermann and SS Ian Desmond to long-term contract extensions. They've already handled most of their offseason business. (Washington Post)
Cincinnati Reds : Interested in IF Omar Infante , but they would have to trade Brandon Phillips to make room before signing him. (USA Today)
Colorado Rockies : Close to signing LHP Boone Logan to a multiyear contract. It could be in the three years, $15 million range.
New York Yankees : Offered Infante a three-year contract. He is looking for four guaranteed years, however.