MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/4/11
3:55 p. m. Eastern
-Washington has interest in Roy Oswalt and are looking for a veteran starter this offseason, says Bill Ladson.
-Dale Sveum appears to be the front-runner for the Red Sox managerial job, says Ken Rosenthal. Mike Maddux is a wild card possibility for Boston, Rosenthal said.
2:45 p. m. Eastern
-Atlanta may be willing to trade Jair Jurrjens or Martin Prado and they’ve had general discussions with the Royals, says David O’Brien.
-Colorado is interested in a 2B along with Michael Cuddyer, says Troy Renck, but they may not want to offer the three years Cuddyer wants. Grady Sizemore could be an option in the outfield.
-Reliever Darren Oliver is a free agent and will look at a lot of teams besides Texas, says Jerry Crasnick. Esteban German are among the Rangers players who have elected free agency.
-Toronto reacquired pitcher Trystan Magnuson from Oakland for cash after trading him to the A’s last year.
1:25 p. m. Eastern
-Oakland will listen to trade offers on all their players except 2B Jemile Weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal. That includes Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Kurt Suzuki.
-Washington officially signed Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year contract.
-The Mets do not see Grady Sizemore as a CF option, says David Lennon.
11:40 a. m. Eastern
-Jose Reyes would be the ideal leadoff candidate for the Tigers, but other possibilities include Kelly Johnson and David DeJesus, according to Jerry Crasnick.
11:25 a. m. Eastern
-Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux may be the favorites to land the Cubs and Red Sox manager jobs, says Jon Heyman, but Sandy Alomar Jr. and Pete Mackanin are still in the running.
10:45 a. m. Eastern
-Mike Maddux could be the favorite to land the Cubs managerial job, says the Chicago Sun-Times.
10:25 a. m. Eastern
-Minnesota has denied Baltimore’s request to interview Mike Radcliff for the O’s GM opening.
-Jon Heyman expects David Ortiz to get a multi-year deal somewhere.
-Arizona is open to resign Lyle Overbay as a reserve.
9:05 a. m. Eastern
-Joel Sherman of the New York Post expects SS Jose Reyes to get six years and $114 million from a team other than the Mets, perhaps the Nationals. Reyes will also take his sweet time in finding the right offer. Also, if the Cardinals or Brewers lose out on Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, Reyes could be their second option. The Nats and Marlins also have interest in Pujols and Fielder and Florida has an outside chance of going after Reyes. Philadelphia could go after Reyes as well if they lose Jimmy Rollins to free agency.
-After JP Morosi’s interesting piece on why the Giants should trade Tim Lincecum, he has rumors with a bit more relevance and substance (no offense to Morosi, who is a fantastic writer and news gatherer). With a dire need for bats in Oakland, they could trade a starter like Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez for bats. The New York papers have been speculating since the summer that the Yankees would be quite interested in Gonzalez if he were to become available via trade. Also the agents for Mike Cameron, Tim Wakefield, Edgar Renteria and Craig Counsell told Morosi that all of them plan to play in 2012. Some teams view free agent IF Jamey Carroll as an everyday 2B and Bobby Valentine has no current interviews scheduled.
-The CF position for the Mets is in flux for next season with the team not likely to bring back Angel Pagan, according to Andy Martino. With Coco Crisp likely to stay in the west coast and Grady Sizemore probably inspiring a bidding war, Rick Ankiel could be an interesting fit, Martino posited. BJ Upton could be traded or non-tendered by the Rays.
-The rotation is the top priority for the Marlins, who believe Javier Vazquez will retire. (Ken Rosenthal)
-Kerry Wood hopes to stay with the Cubs next season.
-The Mariners, Rangers, Royals, Rockies, Orioles, and Pirates are among the teams scouting 48-year-old lefty Jaime Moyer.
-The final four for the Baltimore GM opening is former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette, Yankees scouting guru Damon Oppenheimer, Red Sox exec Allard Baird and Twins exec Mike Radcliff as per Ken Rosenthal.