MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/8/11

6:05 p. m. Eastern
-Ryan Madsen is close to signing a four-year deal worth $44 million to stay in Philadelphia, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports. There is also a fifth year option worth $13 million. Seems like a lot of money with a lot of quality closers available, but Madsen was always the team’s top priority.
6 p. m. Eastern
-Ryan Madsen is expected to get $11 million per season as Philadelphia’s once and future closer, Jon Heyman says.
5:35 p. m. Eastern
-Philadelphia and Ryan Madsen are closing in on a new four year contract, says Jim Duqeuette. The Phillies have been going after Jonathan Papelbon as well, but Madsen has always been the team’s priority.
-Mark Buehrle toured the new Marlins ballpark and caught up with Ozzie Guillen today, says Joe Capozzi. The Yankees also spoke with Buehrle’s representatives, but did not make an offer, according to Mark Feinsand.
-Ryne Sandberg and Jose Oquendo are interviewing with the Cardinals for its managerial position on Wednesday, says Joe Strauss.
-Mike Maddux will interview for the Cubs job on Wednesday. Sandy Alomar Jr. will interview later this week, says Bruce Levine.
-Boston will interview Torey Lovullo on Friday and Gene Lamont on Saturday for its managerial position.
-There is no truth to the Braves shopping Martin Prado or Jair Jurrjens to the Royals, GM Frank Wren told Jim Bowden.
-The Yankees have not yet reached out to Jorge Posada, said Jon Heyman. They did have five important members of the organization watch Yoenis Cespedes work out, says Joel Sherman. Boston was at a Cespedes workout last year.
3:20 p. m. Eastern
-Florida and Toronto are the two teams most aggressively pursuing starters, says Fox Sports. The Yankees, Rangers and Red Sox are competing with the Marlins for Mark Buehrle. Pitchers thought to be available via trade: Wade Davis and James Shields of the Rays, Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill from the A’s, Jair Jurrjens of the Braves, John Danks and Gavin Floyd of the White Sox, Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs, Chad Billingley of the Dodgers and Wandy Rodriguez from Houston.
-Atlanta wants a SS but only on a one-year deal via trade (not Jose Reyes), GM Frank Wren told Jim Bowden. They want an outfielder on a lower level than Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham and the team will increase their payroll in 2012.
-Kansas City is only interested in Carlos Zambrano if he’s released, says Bob Dutton. That’s it.
-Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was acquitted on manslaughter charges in the Dominican.
1:25 p. m. Eastern
-Kansas City has interest in Carlos Zambrano, but, of course, his contract is an issue.
-Baltimore does not seem like a player for Prince Fielder or CJ Wilson, Scott Miller says.
-Jon Heyman expects the Dodgers to be sold for close to $1.2 billion.
1 p. m. Eastern
-Jon Heyman tweets: The Phillies would like to keep Ryan Madsen as its closer rather than Jonathan Papelbon, and the two sides are in serious discussions to keep Madsen in Philadelphia. *The Yankees have interest in CJ Wilson, Yu Darvish and Edwin Jackson. *With the Giants likely out on Carlos Beltran, the Red Sox are now the favorite and sources tell Heyman he could sign a two-year deal with Boston. *One Marlins exec says Logan Morrison will not be traded unless it’s for a quality pitcher like the Rays’ James Shields.
-Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell, Joe Nathan and Andrew Bailey could all be on Toronto’s radar.
-The Giants have not offered Beltran a contract just yet, says Hank Schulman, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. San Francisco could be one landing place if Willie Bloomquist doesn’t resign in Arizona, Tim Brown says. Manager Bruce Bochy also said that Barry Zito will be the team’s fifth starter next year.
-Houston’s decision with Wandy Rodriguez depends on who’s owning the team, says Ken Rosenthal. New ownership could hasten Rodriguez’s exit.
-Colorado will explore various pitching options, says Troy Renck. From free agents like Bruce Chen, Kevin Millwood and Rich Harden to trade options like Ricky Nolasco, James Shields, Wandy Rodriguez and John Danks, the Rockies will be active.
11:15 a. m. Eastern
-The race for SS Jose Reyes’ services is getting quite crowded. Reyes will meet with the Marlins on Wednesday and Milwaukee is going hard after Reyes because they believe they have no chance at re-signing Prince Fielder, according to Jon Heyman. The Tigers are another possibility for Reyes as well.
-In addition to Reyes, the Marlins are aggressively going after Mark Buehrle and will even inquire about Fielder, says Joe Cowley.
-The Yankees thought they had more to offer the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez than the Royals did with Melky Cabrera, Heyman said.
-Some notes from Japan via Patrick Newman: The Hiroshima Carp have an offer out to Hiroki Kuroda, and two Japanese teams have interest in Yankees bust Kei Igawa. Three other players who may make the move to MLB are lefty pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, CF Norichika Aochi and SS Hiroyuki Nakajima. Nakajima has reportedly drawn interest from the Giants, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Orioles.  
10 a.m. Eastern
-Some interesting insight on the Cubs’ managerial opening from’s Adam McCalvy, who talks about Mike Maddux and Dale Sveum.
-Terry Francona will interview for the Cardinals job today, says WEEI.
-If Hiroki Kuroda decides to go somewhere else besides the Dodgers or Japan, Andrew Marchand says the Yankees will be interested. Also, scouts are “raving” about Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes and Jon Heyman says the Yanks did meet with him on Monday.
9:05 a.m. Eastern
-Lots of free agency notes from Ken Rosenthal: Washington will make a big push for Roy Oswalt, as will Texas if they lose CJ Wilson. Edwin Jackson and Hiroki Kuroda are two other big names available this offseason. *Rosenthal compares Jonathan Papelbon to Mariano Rivera. Could their stats be more similar than people think over the last six seasons? *After the Giants traded for Melky Cabrera on Monday, it seems unlikely that they will try to resign Carlos Beltran or go after Jose Reyes. They could even non-tender OF Andres Torres. They’ll be in on pitching now. *Rosenthal thinks the Mets should hold on to 3B David Wright until at least the summer even though more teams will show interest during the winter. *Hiroki Kuroda is a big unknown right now. He could resign with the Dodgers, go back to Japan or sign with another team. He rejected a trade to the Red Sox in July. *Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Ying Chen are other Japanese pitchers besides Yu Darvish who could come to the major leagues. 
8:55 a.m. Eastern
-The Yankees seems impressed with Yoenis Cespedes from what they’ve seen on video, says Jon Heyman. That would conflict with a Ben Badler tweet from last night, which said Cespedes had a private workout with the Yanks.
-After Bill Smith was let go as Twins GM, Terry Ryan will stay as long as he needs, says JP Morosi.
8:25 a. m. Eastern
-The Marlins will meet with Mark Buehrle on Tuesday, Jose Reyes on Thursday and Yeonis Cespedes on Thursday, according to Ken Rosenthal. Florida’s top priority is the rotation and Buehrle spent a long time with Ozzie Guillen, but Buehrle could prefer the midwest, Rosenthal said. Hanley Ramirez said he’d move to 3B if they signed Reyes. Florida, along with the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Nationals and Blue Jays, are among the teams interested in the five-tool, 26-year-old Cuban defector Cespedes. Cespedes is expected to get clearance to become a free agent and get a similar contract to Aroldis Chapman’s $30 million deal he signed with the Reds.
-Reyes is being intensely pursued by the Marlins and won’t take a hometown discount to stay with the Mets, says Mike Puma. The Nationals and Brewers are also interested, but they want to see the contract offers to Albert Pujols first. Speaking of the Mets, Chris Capuano is looking for a two-year deal, which seemingly puts him out of play for New York according to Jon Heyman. The Mets will also reportedly tender a contract to Angel Pagan, Heyman said. The Mets were said to be looking for outside CF options.
-The Yankees have a lot to do with their rotation, JP Morosi said. New York could make Buehrle their top target and expect to talk to his representatives soon, says George King. The team met with Edwin Jackson’s reps on Monday, and Jackson’s agent also represents Roy Oswalt and CJ Wilson. Yu Darvish will also be of interest.
-The Phillies are aggressively pursuing both Ryan Madson and Jonathan Papelbon and have talked with both, says Jon Heyman. Proposals are being exchanged, but Madson is being prioritized
-The Cubs interviewed both Pete Mackanin and Dale Sveum for its managerial opening, and Sveum’s relationship with Prince Fielder could give him an advantage. They’ll interview Mike Maddux on Wednesday. Maddux won’t be interviewing with the Red Sox based on “a family decision.”
-Washington is interested in Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, says Bill Ladson.
-Texas will explore a trade involved in Yorvit Torrealba, says T.R. Sullivan. They’re also not likely to resign Brandon Webb.
-Pitcher John Maine is looking to sign with a team for next season, according to Andy Martino.

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