2013 Winter Meetings: Tuesday's hot stove news, rumors roundup
A three-team trade and the official retirement of a former phenom headlined Tuesday's hot stove news from the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
Now that was more like it. Following a slow opening day to the 2013 Winter Meetings in Orlando, Tuesday brought a pair of significant trades, including a three-teamer. There were also a ton of rumors. Still another two days (really a day and a half) of this to go.
Make sure you head over the Jon Heyman's blog for updates on free agent 3B Eric Chavez as well as Yankees OFs Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. Also make sure you're following Jon on Twitter for non-stop updates from the Winter Meetings and really all year round.
Now that that's out of the way, here is a recap of Tuesday's hot stove action.
RHP Mark Prior: Has officially retired after numerous comeback attempts. He last pitched in the big leagues way back in 2006.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
OF Jason Bay: Has an offer from the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He has yet to officially sign, however. (Heyman)
RHP A.J. Burnett: Had not decided whether he will pitch or retire in 2014. He has indicated he would only pitch for the Pirates if he does return, but the Orioles are also a possibility since they're close to his Maryland home. (Heyman)
LHP Mark Mulder: The veteran southpaw is throwing and will attempt a comeback. He last pitched in 2008 due to injury but believes he found some mechanics that will work for him.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka: The president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles said the team is still undecided about whether they will post their ace right-hander. They'll make a decision after talking to him in Japan next week.
Astros: Have spoken to the agent for OF Grady Sizemore recently. He hasn't played in a game since 2011 and is coming off yet another knee surgery. They also have interest in Morse, RHP Jose Veras, RHP Chad Gaudin and RHP Jesse Crain. (MLB.com)
Diamondbacks: Even after landing Trumbo, GM Kevin Towers plans to leave the Winter Meetings with a new pitcher as well. He has about 36 hours to make it happen.
Giants: GM Brian Sabean said that if 3B Pablo Sandoval shows up to camp in shape, the team will consider signing him to an extension. Kung Fu Panda has dealt with weight and conditioning issues in recent years. (MLB.com)
Mariners: Unlikely to trade RHP Taijuan Walker for LHP David Price, but they could build an offer around C Mike Zunino (Heyman) ... Have interest in RHP Fernando Rodney to take over as closer (Fox Sports) ... Interested in re-signing the oft-injured OF Franklin Gutierrez. They declined his $7.5 million club option a few weeks ago. (Seattle Times)
Nationals: Have interest in LHP Jerry Blevins of the Athletics and LHP Justin Wilson of the Pirates. Wilson is drawing a ton of interest and Pittsburgh is open to dealing him. (Nats Insider and Fox Sports)
Reds: Haven't completely ruled out re-signing OF Shin-Soo Choo. It seems unlikely given his asking price and their payroll, however. (Heyman)
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