New Year's resolutions for 50 of the biggest names in baseball
Here are 50 New Year's resolutions I'd like to see.
• The Rangers and Adrian Beltre are in talks, but it doesn't appear that anything has been settled yet, despite a report out of the Dominican Republic Sunday that there was a $96-million, six-year deal in place. The Angels and A's are believed to remain interested, but Texas may be leading at the moment.
• The Rangers would have to move Michael Young to first base, DH or another team if they landed Beltre. They have worked to trade Young, and while the Rockies showed strong interest, Young's $16-million annual salary would have to be mitigated in some way with any acquiring team.
• Word is that the Nationals told Zack Greinke they were prepared to give him a lucrative extension of he agreed to become a National. But Greinke, who was so anxious to win now that he is said to have been even contemplating walking out of Royals camp if it came to that, told Washington it wasn't about the money. Greinke didn't believe the Nats were much more ready to win now than the Royals. He is said to be thrilled to be going to the Brewers, who vastly improved their pitching with Shaun Marcum and Greinke.
• By the end, Greinke told the Royals how badly he wanted out, and they were smart to comply. Kansas City did OK to get what they could. Lorenzo Cain is a budding Mike Cameron type, according to one scout, while Alcides Escobar has potential. The pitchers the Royals received, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress are talented but may not wind up as starters, however, according to scouts.
• Carl Pavano may have helped himself by waiting. While the Nationals really weren't very involved earlier, they may need to overpay Pavano now. The Twins also want Pavano to return to Minnesota, where he has thrived the past two years. His turnaround is said to be so stark that he is seen as a leader inside the Twins clubhouse. He is also easily the best pitcher remaining on the free-agent market who has no injury question (though there are still a few other decent ones, like Bruce Chen, Freddy Garcia, Brad Penny, Chris Young, Jeff Francis and Kevin Millwood). In addition to the Twins and Nationals, there are thought to be at least one or two other teams looking at Pavano.
• The Yankees are expecting an answer from Andy Pettitte very soon, perhaps even Monday or Tuesday, as to whether their longtime lefty will retire or return for a 17th season. Teammate Mark Teixeira said last week he believed Pettitte was still leaning toward retiring. However, one other friend of Pettitte's said his family is on board for a return and wouldn't be surprised to see Pettitte come back for another year.
• The Yankees are looking for outfield depth and might consider Andruw Jones as well ex-Yankee Johnny Damon.
• Octavio Dotel's $3.5-million Blue Jays deal will be announced soon after he completes the physical.
• The Red Sox are likely out on Brian Fuentes after adding Hideki Okajima. But Fuentes still has 10 teams with varying degrees of interest, including the Yankees and Rays.
• The Rockies are still trying hard to lock up budding superstar Carlos Gonzalez.