MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/7/11
1:20 p. m. Eastern
-Buster Olney would not be surprised if the Blue Jays landed one of the top closers on the market, since they’re taking a “very aggressive approach.”
-Baltimore will announce a three-year deal to name Dan Duquette their GM, says Jon Heyman.
1:15 p. m. Eastern
-After going 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA in their 2010 championship season, Jonathan Sanchez went 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in 2011 for San Francisco. He’s now in Kansas City along with 24-year-old Double-A righty starter Ryan Verdugo, who went 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 130.1 innings in 2011. Melky Cabrera will go to the Giants to boost the San Francisco attack. Cabrera had by far his best season last year in 706 plate appearances, batting .305/.339/.470 with 18 homers, 87 RBIs and 44 doubles. San Francisco now gets a good contact hitter and frees up some money to spend on hitting. Kansas City had a surplus in the outfield and wanted veteran starting pitching, so both teams get what they want.
1:08 p. m. Eastern
-Kansas City got a veteran pitcher in Jonathan Sanchez, acquiring him and a minor leaguer from the Giants for OF Melky Cabrera, according to Bob Dutton.
12:05 p. m. Eastern
-A Marlins group, including owner Jeff Loria, will meet with Yoenis Cespedes in the Dominican later this week, sources tell Ken Rosenthal. A player of his international stature and overall ability would be ideal for a Marlins team looking to generate excitement as they move to Miami.
10:50 a. m. Eastern
-The Marlins are considered the favorites for Yoenis Cespedes, according to Juan C. Rodriguez. He should be able to negotiate with teams later this month.
10:35 a. m. Eastern
-The Phillies, Marlins and Nationals are interested Yoenis Cespedes along with the Yankees, according to Adam Kilgore.
8:50 a. m. Eastern
-The Phillies are very interested in OF Michael Cuddyer but he wouldn’t make them any younger, says Ken Rosenthal. Grady Sizemore, Juan Pierre and David DeJesus (the latter being unlikely) are other possibilities. Philadelphia will probably not deal prospects for an OF like BJ Upton. If Pete Mackanin is named a manager in either Chicago or Boston, Ryne Sandberg could be named bench coach. Mike Quade could then manage Philly’s AAA club in Lehigh Valley. How ironic. *Kansas City will not trade Billy Butler, but will look to sign a veteran SP or two. *Sizemore will try to sign for as much money as possible, but don’t rule the Indians out just yet. *Baltimore just claimed Darren O’Day off waivers and will look to ink veteran minor league free agents.
-A 26-year-old (maybe) Cuban OF named Yoenis Cespedes is being seen as the hitting version of Aroldis Chapman and is seeking a $30 million contract, says Jeff Passan. The Yankees are interested in the player scouts are comparing to Angels OF Mike Trout, but with less speed and more power. Passan described a long and quirky 20-minute YouTube video showcasing his talents.
-Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez both plan on playing next season, according to Jason Beck.
-Kansas City will sell the naming rights to Kauffman Stadium this week, says David Brown. Brown expects the Royals to fetch between $3-6 million per season.
-Baseball America continues its Top 10 Prospects series with the Mets.