All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Dec. 4
Wednesday was a step back in terms of signings and trades from Tuesday, but there are some juicy David Price trade rumors starting to circulate. Check that out and more here.
After a pretty busy day Monday and then an absolute flurry of moves Tuesday, things slowed down a bit Wednesday. I'd like to say it was predictable with the Winter Meetings set for next week, but that normally would have meant a slow Monday and Tuesday. Plus, there are still loads of transactions to come this offseason.
So here's what we saw Wednesday in MLB land.
Chicago Cubs : Left-handed reliever Wesley Wright has signed a one-year, $1.425 million deal with the club.
New York Yankees : They added Kelly Johnson as some insurance for two infield spots.
Chicago White Sox : Paul Konerko is coming back on a one-year deal.
RUMORS, REPORTS & SPECULATION
David Price : Expect to hear a ton about the Tampa Bay Rays ace in the next several weeks -- or, really, until he's traded eventually. The latest comes from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who reports that the Rays will weigh offers in the next few weeks. Passan names the Seattle Mariners , Los Angeles Dodgers , Los Angeles Angels , Pittsburgh Pirates , Texas Rangers , Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays as potential suitors.
Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish reports that the Rays have looked into advanced scouting on Taijuan Walker , James Paxton , Dustin Ackley , Nick Franklin and Brad Miller .
On the Pirates, beat writer John Perrotto reports they are willing to include top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon in a package for Price.
Cubs: They are going to "do some serious listening" to trade offers for Jeff Samardzija at the winter meetings, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
Mariners: Already heavily connected to Robinson Cano in rumors, now there are reports that the club met with Cano (New York Post) and that Seattle is going after Cano "guns-a-blazing." (New York Daily News)
New York Mets : They are in talks with Curtis Granderson on deals ranging from three to five years.
Baltimore Orioles : The O's won't have a problem coughing up their first rounder for a good fit in free agency, according to Ken Rosenthal, who names outfielders Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran as possibilities.
Pirates: James Loney appears to be their top choice at first base, though they've discussed trading for Adam Lind or Mitch Moreland , reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
Kansas City Royals : They are making a push for Carlos Beltran while the Yankees and Boston Red Sox won't go past two-year deals.
Red Sox: One report says they're considering a run at Curtis Granderson. They will also "do anything" they can to retain free agents Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew , per manager John Farrell (Alex Speier via Twitter).
Cincinnati Reds : Walt Jocketty has told his second baseman, Brandon Phillips , that a trade isn't in the works ... "right now."
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