Catcher Bengie Molina says he's "on the fence'' about playing in 2011. He may take a year off and return in 2012.
Cliff Lee now has a pair of seven-year offers for $20 million-plus per year. The Yankees and Rangers weren't planning on going seven years, so more teams appear to be involved. Lee would still consider a six-year offer, depending on the total money and franchise.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are fielding offers for third baseman Michael Young, according to Foxsports.com. This could mean the Rangers are looking more heavily into Adrian Beltre.
The Mets are talking to catcher Ronny Paulino about a one-year deal for around $1.3 million. On the pitching side, the Mets are favoring Chris Young over Jeff Francis, as Young is willing to take less guaranteed money (about $2 million, compared to the $4-5 million Francis seeks). New York is also talking to reliever D.J. Carrasco.
Edgar Renteria continues to talk to the Giants about a utility role. The World Series MVP is 34 and the team recently signed 36-year-old Miguel Tejada, who can play shortstop and third base.
The Nationals and Cubs want a good defender at first base and like Carlos Peña, a former Gold Glove winner.
People familiar with the Yankees' thinking say they will not go to a seventh year for 32-year-old Cliff Lee but are hoping he comes to them anyway.
Cliff Lee has at least one seven-year offer for $20-25 million (not from the Nationals). The Yankees have been intending to stay at six years, tops.
The Dodgers are close to a deal with Vicente Padilla for one year and $2 million. He would be their sixth starting pitcher, but the team has no plans at the moment to trade any of them.
A source says the Nationals are not in on Cliff Lee now. There were rumors that they may throw out a seven-year offer to the star free-agent pitcher but a team source said that was "not happening." A seven-year deal from someone else can't be ruled out, though, for the best postseason pitcher since Bob Gibson.
The Yankees won't try for Scott Downs or other Type-A relief pitchers because they want to keep their draft picks...The Padres are looking for a first baseman and a second baseman and might consider Derrek Lee, but they might have to move some money first...The White Sox dangled second baseman Gordon Beckham for Adrian Gonzalez and there was talk that a deal could expand to include Chicago's Gavin Floyd but the White Sox didn't want to do a big, quick extension for Gonzalez, who was later dealt to the Red Sox for prospects...The Rockies have signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year, $7.5 million deal, according to sources...Meanwhile, Rockies manager Jim Tracy is resting comfortably and being evaluated at an Orlando hospital after passing out last night.