GM Meetings Update
-Latest from Jon Heyman: The Rangers, Rays and Giants are possible trade candidates for Milton Bradley, whose Cubs teammates allegedly won’t even speak to him. “[Bradley] needs to go to some place small, like Kansas City or San Diego,” one GM told Heyman.Chicago is looking at players like Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, Jose Guillen of KC, Gary Matthews Jr of the Angels and Luis Castillo of the Mets were listed as possible options. Toronto has no interest in Bradley, but sources told Heyman that Roy Halladay is more likely to get dealt than San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez. The Mets could join the Red Sox in their pursuit of both players, the Dodgers and Mariners could get in on Gonzalez while the Phillies, Dodgers, Rangers, Brewers and Angels could be in on Halladay. The Yankees like John Lackey but the Mets do not, though they do like Randy Wolf and Joel Piniero. The Angels want to keep Chone Figgins, the Mets like Bengie Molina but not Yorvit Torrealba and Jason Varitek will probably go back to Boston. Heyman also mentioned on his Twitter page about Jorge Posada getting four years and so will Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter. Damon should not get even close to that many years. It also mentions that nobody expects Bradley to be back with the Cubs, Jason Bay is likely to stay while Holliday and Lackey will likely leave.
-MLB announced that Mark Teixeira, Placido Polanco, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki, Torii Hunter, Adam Jones and Mark Buehrle are the AL Gold Glove winners.
-Derrick Goold thinks that the Cardinals will sign Xavier Nady.
-Joel Sherman says that the Mets could have interest in Varitek, the Yankees would like to keep Sergio Mitre and the Giants would like to sink more money into their offense.
-In Ken Rosenthal’s notes, he says the White Sox may not be confident about getting Chone Figgins.
-Bobby Valentine and Jim Riggleman are the finalists for the Nationals managerial position, says Ken Rosenthal. More notes from Rosenthal include Billy Wagner being in demand, a possible money crunch in Detroit and a possible trade of Alberto Callaspo with Chris Getz looking like the guy in Kansas City. Update: Rosenthal also points out that the Yankees’ Japanese sponsorships could keep Hideki Matsui in New York, Milwaukee probably won’t be in on John Lackey and that JJ Putz would accept a setup role. He also says the Mariners would be a good fit for Rich Harden.
-The Cardinals will do what it can to resign Matt Holliday, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Joe Strauss says that Scott Boras (Holliday’s agent) has arrived in Chicago at the meetings.
-What Carl Crawford’s Type B status means for his future with Tampa Bay courtesy of Rays Index.
-The NL Gold Gloves come out today and Jeff Fletcher says Orlando Hudson is the winner at 2B.
-Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd was named the Executive of the Year by Sporting News, according to the Denver Post. O’Dowd disputed a Fox Sports report that Jorge De La Rosa is demanding a three year deal worth $36 million.
-The Yankees would like to keep both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon and are “intrigued” by John Lackey, says Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
-Texas won’t go after the big names in free agency but will be active in the trade market, says the Dallas Morning News.
-There are concerns about Aroldis Champan’s makeup, per Boston radio giant WEEI. Also in the piece are quotes from Tim Wakefield including “I feel great” Wakefield said. “I’m getting more strength in my calf and my hamstring. As a matter of fact, the doctor came in soon after surgery and I was doing laps around the nurses station with my wife with my IV without limping. It was that instantaneously.”
-An insider told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that the Milton Bradley-Lyle Overbay-Luis Castillo three-way deal is a “longshot at best.” If you read my evening rumors last night, you would have already known that…