Multitalented free-agent shortstop
One reason the Dodgers haven't yet made their official offer for superstar free-agent outfielder
As SI.com reported two weeks ago, the Dodgers intended to offer Ramirez a short-term deal at a high annual salary, perhaps $55-$60 million for two years. (Dodgers GM
But Boras pointed out that he and Colletti negotiated a five-year deal for Barry
The Rangers have fielded interest in one or more of their many catchers from the Marlins, Reds, Astros, Rangers, Royals and Red Sox. Texas has an extreme catching glut, with
The Nationals' attempts to acquire a slew of superstars apparently is serious. A Nationals person said they have interest in Rockies star outfielder
While the Yankees are expected to make the highest offer for superstar free agent pitcher
But while there isn't anything imminent, Axelrod suggested Peavy is getting used to the idea of going. "Jake's getting to the point where he's thinking, 'If they have decided they're better off without me, then I don't want to be there.'" Axelrod told SI.com. "It's tough to assert your right to stay if they feel they'd be better off elsewhere.''
But Axelrod emphasized that that doesn't mean Peavy, who has full no-trade powers for two years, will be a pushover. "He still has a very strong preference for the National League," Axelrod said. "That doesn't totally negate the possibility of the American League. If all else fails, and the Padres are really going South on payroll, there will be careful consideration given (to some AL teams."
So besides all the other difficulties in dealing a superstar -- Towers wants someone young for the rotation and a middle infielder and doesn't sugarcoat his insistence on a haul -- a trade to the Yankees probably would have to come with a renegotiation of terms, another major hurdle to a difficult deal.
Looks like a false alarm on
A White Sox source declined to characterize
Reagins said he felt it was an advantage that Teixeira's agent -- Boras -- is at most every Angels game, allowing both sides to get a feel for where they stand: in this case, they appear to love each other. However, Angels sources suggest they won't necessarily adhere to Boras' timetable if it takes too long for their taste.
The Rangers were interested in bringing him back on a short-term deal. But Bradley will shoot to take advantage of his big "platform" season. He is expected to seek a four-year deal now more than $10 million a year, a big number for someone with his history of troubles.
Bradley thrived in Texas under manager
The Yankees announced they were declining options on the contracts of
While the Nats are involved with several big players, some believe they have little chance to land any of the big ship -- with, one exception. "I could see them getting
The Nats are in the mix for Rockies star outfielder
According to the competing GM, their pursuit of Holliday is a particular pipedream. "They don't have the players. Who are they going to trade? Many of their guys are broken down."
The lowly Washington Nationals are aiming to make a surprise splash this winter and have been connected to talks involving star outfielder
"We might surprise some people,'' a Nationals person said.
The Nationals have been linked by baseball people to talks for star free-agent first baseman Teixeira, who also is being pursued by the Yankees, Angels and several other teams. The Nationals, who finished 59-103 in 2008, are also believed to have interest in Burnett, who's very likely to opt out of his Blue Jays contract after meeting with that team Tuesday afternoon.
The Nationals are also said to have keen interest in Holliday, the Rockies outfielder who's on the trading block. It would seem to be an odd fit, though, as Holliday has only one year to go before he can become a free agent.
As a free agent, Burnett is expected to draw major interest from the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles and possibly even the Nationals, among others.
Burnett has an option to vacate the remaining two years on his five-year, $55-million Blue Jays contract. He went 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 231 strikeouts with Toronto and should command a salary of $15 million or more annually.
Braunecker disputed the notion that Burnett would prefer not to play in New York. "That perception couldn't be further from the truth,'' said the agent.
The quick-striking and creative Angels have put their star first baseman
The Angels have not hid their love of Teixeira and are expected to make an offer to him before their exclusive negotiating period expires Nov. 14.
Both Teixeira and Sabathia could possibly command close to $150 million. It isn't known how close the Angels can come to those marks, but they have the contracts of
The Angels, aggressive yet prudent, don't expect to be able to match the Yankees dollar for dollar on Sabathia but will instead hope that a big (but not quite as big as the Yankees) number combined with his California roots can trump the Yankees' expected mega-offer. The Angels are aiming to avoid a dramatic increase in their $120-million payroll, so they might have to consider cuts in other areas if there's a possibility to sign both big free-agent stars.
The Angels have some interest in bringing back K-Rod but things would "have to line up right'' for that to occur, meaning they'd have to receive rejections from at least one of their two top targets. The Angels could possibly try to replace K-Rod with veteran
Rodriguez saved a record 62 games last year and is expected to draw interest from the Mets and many others at a time that relief pitching is in great demand. Rordriguez's agent,
The Angels are a team that has a rep for moving fast. Last year, they signed
The Yankees are exploring a possible bid for free-agent second baseman
The Yankees' interest in Hudson could incite a crosstown battle with the Mets, who are weighing the idea of Hudson replacing
The Yankees are finding the centerfield markets barren, and that even includes the trade market, which has led general manager
That has caused the Yankees to consider Hudson, who hit .305 with eight home runs for Arizona last season and is considered a great clubhouse guy and "high energy'' player, to play center field. The other possibility, of course, would be to trade Cano, the ultra-talented player whose stock fell last year.
Cano's struggles have led the Yankees to consider hiring as a major-league coach infield instructor
The Yankees are still weighing how to utilize their coaches, and one possibility would be to make Kelleher the first base coach and move