Latest buzz from winter meetings
The Mets have offered free agent outfielder
Mets people like the fact that they see Bay as a pull hitter who can hit home runs in Citi Field and believe he can cover enough ground in the outfield there, as well.
The Red Sox, Mariners and Angels are among the other teams that are interested in Bay.
The Mets are in the market for a run-producing outfielder. They fear that another vaunted slugger,
The Mets are also still negotiating with free agent catcher
The Mets, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers are among teams interested in free agent pitcher
The Nationals are trying to make some bold moves, and can't be counted out here.
Pineiro seeks $40 million over four years after resurrecting his career in St. Louis. Following
What isn't clear is whether the Dodgers can dive into the market, considering their ownership situation.
The Mariners already have stolen
Lackey, the Angels' ace the past few years, is believed to be seeking a contract of about $100 million. He feels he should slot between
Seattle has money to spend with several big players coming off the books. The Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Brewers and incumbent Angels all have shown interest in Lackey, as well. But a couple of those teams have already signed a pitcher and a couple more seem bit more focused on offense right now.
The Angels have been pushing for trade target
The Red Sox appear to be trying to land
The Giants and Mariners are among the other teams interested in Beltre.
The Red Sox and Rangers are hammering out a trade that would ship four-time All-Star 3B
The two teams appear to have an agreement on the particulars of the deal -- Boston would send Lowell plus $9 million to the Rangers in exchange for catching prospect
Lowell would play 1B and DH for Texas.
The Braves have traded reliever
Soriano will approve the deal. He accepted arbitration, but the Braves didn't have a spot for him after signing
Soriano, who turns 30 on Dec. 19, should make about $7 million in arbitration.
Soriano saved 27 games in 31 chances last season with a 2.97 ERA, and struck out 102 in 75 2/3 innings.
The Giants, Red Sox and Mariners are among the teams pursuing free agent third baseman
The Red Sox have been talking about trading
The deal, which was first reported by MLB.com, will be completed once Lyon passes his physical.
NBC Sports reported the deal is worth a guaranteed $7.5 million.
The Cubs did not offer Harden salary arbitration after he made $7 million this year, so they will not receive draft-pick compensation.
The Phillies are believed to have joined the Angels, Red Sox and Yankees in the derby for Blue Jays ace
The Phillies have the prospects to make a deal, but it isn't certain whether they can fit Halladay into their budget. They want to keep their payroll in the $140 million range and might have to free up money by trading a player or two.
The Phillies were among the most prominent pursuers of Halladay last summer before they traded four prospects for
Most executives believe Halladay is likely to seek a contract extension before agreeing to any deal, though nothing has been said publicly about this. One more complication is that Lee's deal is up after 2010 and he's in line for an extension, as well.
The Jays sought outfield prospect
From the Yankees, the Blue Jays want
The Rangers have traded starting pitcher
The move is considered a salary dump by the Rangers, as Millwood is owed $12 million in 2010.
Millwood looked rejuvenated last season, posting his best ERA (3.67) since 2005 and going 13-10. After missing the entire 2008 season following Tommy John surgery, Ray struggled throughout the '09 campaign. In 46 relief appearances for Baltimore, the right-hander had a 7.27 ERA, giving up 35 earned runs in 43 1/3 innings pitched.
The deal was first reported by cbssports.com.
The Angels appear to be in play for
The Angels would only be interested in Halladay if he'd be willing to sign long term for them, and since he prefers to spend spring training in Florida that could be a complication. However, they surely fit his main requirement for a new team, which is that they play to win every year.
The Orioles are in talks with the Rangers about possibly acquiring
The Nationals are trying to sign a veteran starting pitcher to lead their young staff. They've thrown in the towel on any
The Mets are now talking to the agents for
The purse strings appear to have been loosened today for Mets GM
The Mets remain uncertain whether the Texas native Lackey will come to New York but have a clear interest in him, as well as Bay and Holliday. Lackey is drawing interest from the Angels, Mariners, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers (who will have to wait for their ownership change before spending) and Brewers. Bay has strong interest from the Angels, Mariners and Red Sox, while Holliday is being pursued by the Cardinals, Red Sox and others.
Young superstar pitcher
Hernandez is seeking about $100 million on a six-year deal, while the Mariners are believed to be thinking about a deal for four years or four years and an option that guarantees less than half that $100 million figure.
Hernandez, who made $3.8 million last year when he was 19-5 and finished second in Cy Young voting, is a priority for the Mariners, the team that failed to keep superstars like
Pettitte, who won his fifth World Series title with the Yankees in November, went 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 starts in 2009. With incentives, he earned $10.5 million last season.
Pettitte has spent 15 years in the majors (12 with the Yankees, three with the Astros), compiling a 229-135 record with a 3.91 ERA and making two All-Star teams. Some of his finest performances have come in the postseason, where he holds a 18-9 mark and 3.90 ERA.
The imminent signing was first reported by SI.com.
The market for
The Mets are one such team that appears to be taking a closer look at Lackey after getting some sticker shock upon hearing the prices of middle-of-the order guys such as Randy Wolf (who appears headed for Milwaukee), Joel Pineiro and Jason Marquis. The Mets aren't quite sure Lackey wants to come east (though agent
Lackey's people have made clear he should be slotted higher than the $82.5 million, five-year contract for
Though the Mets have yet to make an official offer to free agent catcher
A few other teams have a need for a catcher (Toronto, Kansas City, Colorado, Texas to name a few) but the Mets have to be confident they can outbid those teams, none of which has a budget to rival that of the Mets. The best guess for a Molina deal might be $12 million for two years.
The Red Sox are apparently unwilling to give up either of Toronto's top targets --
The market is not fabulous right now for Halladay, maybe because he only has one year to go before free agency.
The Mets' late effort for
In the latest form of this trade, the Yankees, who balked late Monday night, would surrender slightly less. It is believed they'd send top outfield prospect
The Yankees and Tigers were believed to have been dissatisfied with the trade late Monday, and the removal of Yankees prospect
The Tigers have been looking to pare down their payroll, and trading Jackson and Granderson is a way to do it. Jackson is arbitration eligible, while Granderson has $25.75 million and three years remaining on his contract.
To this point, the Yankees and free agent outfielder
If the Yankees get Granderson, they could still sign Damon, but it might mean trading either
A proposed blockbuster may be on life support after the Yankees declined to give up
The Mets and Brewers have discussed a trade that could send pitcher
The Yankees have been spending the day trying to acquire Tigers center fielder
The Yankees told Damon's agent
According to a report on foxsports.com, a three-way trade where
The Braves are now considering a trade for reliever
The Milwaukee Brewers made a bold three-year offer to free agent
Wolf missed out on a three-year deal with the Astros last year when Houston pulled the offer from him, but that's not going to happen this time. Sources say the Brewers have a very good chance to complete this deal within the next couple of days.
Rafael Soriano accepted the Braves' offer to arbitrate, sources say. Soriano had outside interest from the Orioles, Astros and Yankees but has a chance to make $7 million, or more, after earning $6.3 million last year and having another excellent year. He has a lifetime WHIP of 1.03. The Braves will now have a dynamic back-end of their bullpen, along with closer Billy Wagner, who signed for $7 million. Atlanta may be surprised by Soriano's decision. But it betters them.
Tigers set-up man
The Mets met with the agents for
Colletti's agreement was announced in October, but the club declined to divulge the contract length. Colletti's Dodgers teams have advanced to the NLCS, where they lost to the Phillies in each of the last two years.
The Mets are considering a bid of about $6 million for one guaranteed year plus a second-year option for free-agent catcher
It's possible the Mets go to two years for Molina. But their hope is that the demand will be limited by a lack of big-market teams looking for a frontline catcher. The Royals, Blue Jays, Rockies and Giants all have catching needs but may not be seen as threats to outbid the Mets.
Speaking at a news conference to mark his election into the Hall of Fame on Monday, former Cardinals manager
"They could win the division without Holliday," Herzog said. "You can't commit suicide in baseball. Sign one contract that's bad, you're going to suffer, so you've got to be careful."
"Congratulations to Whitey on an extraordinary managerial career and his Hall of Fame selection today. It's understandable that a man who was a GM 20 years ago when the revenues were $1 billion -- over six times less than the $6.5 billion revenues of today -- questions the modern-day contract structure. I don't think modern GM's, particularly [
The Tigers re-signed shortstop
Known for his defense, Everett hit .238 with three home runs and 44 RBIs in 118 games with the Tigers last season, his first in Detroit.
The Angels will enter the
The Yankees, Red Sox and perhaps Phillies are among other teams interested in what's expected to be a select group in the bidding for the Blue Jays superstar.
Executives with multiple teams interested say they believe Halladay's value is enhanced if he's willing to sign on long term, and that Toronto's take will be diminished greatly if Halladay prefers to wait to sign until he becomes a free agent after the year. But the Angles are at least one team that will walk away from talks without a long-term deal in hand.
Halladay has a full no-trade clause and is known to want to go to a perennial winner. He is also believed to strongly prefer a team that trains in Florida, as his winter home is just outside Tampa. Halladay rejected the Rangers last year but could be slightly more open to the Angels. Halladay's agent,
The Yankees and Red Sox seem to be the most logical fits, and new Blue Jays GM
The Tigers are seeking offers on fine young pitcher
Hernandez, perhaps the most valuable property in the game, will be looking for about $100 million over six years in meetings with the Mariners here at the winter meetings, according to people familiar with their talks.
Hernandez and the Mariners have a meeting set up here in the next day or two. Several teams have their eye on these talks, although Mariners GM
Hernandez, who made $3.8 million last year as an arbitration-eligible player, is due to at least triple that in arbitration this year and is eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.
The comp Hernandez will use for the free-agent years is the $23 million annual salary of
But at 23, Hernandez is a special case. Hernandez went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA and finished second in AL Cy Young voting this past year.
The Mariners have said they intend to try to lock him up in a long-term deal, and have no intention to trade him. They believe he has sound mechanics and isn't an injury risk.
The Dodgers are talking about
Beltre hit .265 last season with eight home runs and 44 RBIs in 111 games.
World Series hero
The Yankees have identified Pettitte as their first priority and have begun negotiations to try to sign him to a one-year deal. Last year negotiations took months before Pettitte agreed to an incentive-laden contract that guaranteed him $5.5 million but paid him about $11 million in total.
There is every expectation they will be able to sign him, as it is well known he wants to be in New York. The Yankees are expected to make an offer of slightly more than $10 million to Pettitte today.
The Yankees traded Brian Bruney to the Nationals for a player to be named. Bruney appeared in 44 games for the Yankees as a reliever in 2009, going 3.92 with 36 strikeouts and 23 walks in 39 innings.