2013 Winter Meetings: Wednesday's hot stove news, rumors roundup
Four trades, three free agent signings and one contract extension highlighted the third day of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday. Here's a recap of the action.
The biggest news to come out of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday did not involve a transaction, though there were more than a few of those. No, the biggest news involved the ban of home plate collisions. MLB gave their blessing but the players' union must do the same before the rule change is implemented.
As for the day's hot stove news, make sure you check out Jon Heyman's blog. He has updates on free agent offers for RHP John Axford and RHP Grant Balfour. Also, make sure you follow Jon on Twitter for nonstop updates on the Winter Meetings throughout the day and really all year round.
Wednesday was the last full day of the Winter Meetings -- everyone usually leaves not long after the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning, so it's not a full day of rumors and whatnot -- so here's a recap of the last 24 hours or so from Orlando.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Brewers: One of the few teams to show interest in RHP Carlos Marmol. (Heyman)
Diamondbacks: GM Kevin Towers said he has been telling free agents he would rather pay a higher annual salary in exchange for fewer years. (Arizona Republic)
Indians: GM Chris Antonetti has not ruled out a return for RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, though it is unlikely. (Heyman)
Colon wants to break a Dennis Martinez record
The Twins have been rumored to be interested in Darvish all winter
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