All you need to know: MLB news, rumors for Dec. 23
Here's our nightly roundup of MLB offseason comings, goings, rumors and speculation.
Another offseason day, another nightly roundup of what we saw. It was pretty slow, which is to be expected right now. With so few players of note still free agents, it's unlikely we'll see a flurry. Instead, maybe one big signing a la Shin-Soo Choo per week?
Regardless, it's time to get to this very brief roundup.
- There were a litany of waiver-wire moves Monday. Mike Axisa has you covered.
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
- The Orioles have "significant interest" in Fernando Rodney to fill their void at closer, according to the Baltimore Sun. As for potentially bringing back Francisco Rodriguez, the Sun calls it "highly unlikely" while MASN.com notes the "Orioles seem content to sever ties with him."
- Will the Orioles have problems with other free agents after the Grant Balfour snafu? Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has posted an examination of the situation, which includes the following quote from an agent (not Balfour's, either): "This will factor into every competent agent's thought process going forward."
- On MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show Monday morning, future Hall of Fame Jim Thome said he isn't officially retired and wouldn't rule out a comeback. It seems unlikely we'll ever see him in the batter's box again during an actual MLB game, but you never know.