All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Feb. 9
Let's hit on the rumor mill from Sunday, which includes stuff on the Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox, Pirates, Diamondbacks and Orioles.
Spring training is going to be underway for all 30 teams by this time next week. Still, there are five unsigned free agents who turned down qualifying offers. I offered up a "good news" spin for those five.
As for the rest of Sunday, let's hit this slow news day -- and good lord was it slow -- in routine roundup form.
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
Stephen Drew: The Red Sox are keeping the dialogue with Drew alive "out of respect" to him, but don't expect to sign him before camp, according to general manager Ben Cherington (via Jim Bowden's radio show). In a quick-hitting update section of Nick Cafardo's Sunday column for the Boston Globe, he reports that the Mets are the "best bet" to land Drew.
Diamondbacks: Fresh off signing Bronson Arroyo, there doesn't appear to be a rotation spot for Randall Delgado (who came over in the Justin Upton trade last offseason). Delgado is out of options, but the D-Backs want to keep him, so he appears bullpen-bound. (Via Jack Magruder)
Dodgers: One might recall that free agent starter Paul Maholm was signed Saturday to a one-year, incentive-laden deal. The Dodgers have six starters if Josh Beckett is healthy and it appears Maholm will serve in a similar role to that of Chris Capuano last season, who made 20 starts and four relief appearances. Maholm told reporters that he was aware of the situation -- that he might be a reliever -- before signing. (Via latimes.com)
That's it. Seriously. Thankfully, pitchers and catchers are reporting all week.
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