MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/18/11

3:55 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees filled its 40-man roster with five players.
3:25 p.m. Eastern
-Toronto has claimed P Andrew Carpenter off waivers from San Diego.
3:20 p.m. Eastern
-Francisco Cordero will leave to another team if the Reds don’t improve its current offer, says Jim Bowden. Toronto, Boston, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Texas have shown interest in Cordero.
-More last day 40-man roster moves: Pittsburgh claimed two off waivers and demoted C Matt Pagnozzi. Cincinnati finalized its 40 by adding six players, including promising IF Neftali Soto. Kansas City added Ryan Verdugo, who was acquired from San Francisco along with Jonathan Sanchez.
2:45 p.m. Eastern
-Minnesota made a strong move by signing C Ryan Doumit to a one year deal worth $3 million pending a physical, according to Jerry Crasnick. Doumit batted .303 in 77 games with Pittsburgh last year and is very good insurance for Joe Mauer. Doumit chose the Twins over the Mariners in the end.
1:55 p.m. Eastern
-Seattle is one of the two finalists for Ryan Doumit, says Jason Churchill.
1:20 p.m. Eastern
-Milwaukee added four men to its 40-man roster and is now at 35. Hat tip to Tom Haudricourt.
1:15 p.m. Eastern
-Yoenis Cespedes could expect between $35 and $50 million, says Peter Gammons.
-Ryan Doumit is expected to choose between two AL clubs today, says Jerry Crasnick. Also, possible suitors for Kelly Shoppach include Minnesota, Seattle, Toronto, Boston and St. Louis. Gerald Laird’s deal with the Tigers is official.
-Speaking of the Blue Jays, their new look going back to the original logo and colors is amazing. The video has to get every Toronto fan pumped up.
-Tonight is the deadline for teams to finalize 40-man rosters. Those unprotected players can be selected in the Rule Five draft, always occuring the Thursday (final day) of the Winter Meetings. Houston added Paul Clemens (not Coby). The Angels sent two players down to AAA, including Francisco Rodriguez (the other one). The White Sox and Phillies added players to protect, including Phillipe Aumont and Tyson Gillies.
-Houston signed former Yankee Lance Pendleton to a minor league contract. He had no record with a 6.75 ERA in 18.2 innings in 15 appearances between the Yanks and Astros last season.
8:50 a.m. Eastern
-A new five-year collective bargaining agreement will be announced by Monday, according to Joe Strauss. Life in baseball is relatively good.
-Bobby Valentine has risen to the top of the list of managerial candidates in Boston, says Joel Sherman. Multiple executives said that Dale Sveum, who will be named Cubs manager this morning, was GM Ben Cherington’s choice to be manager of the Red Sox, but ownership wanted to go in a different direction. Boston denies this rumor, saying that they were not ready to make a definitive decision.
-The Yankees are looking for lower prices on starting pitching in a month, Joel Sherman says. He also said that C.J. Wilson wanted to come to New York to meet with the Yankees to get a larger asking price from either the Marlins, Nationals, Rangers or Angels. New York has asked the Cubs about Matt Garza, which is very unlikely according to a Cubs official, and the A’s about Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill. Oakland is listening to offers, but they would want a gigantic return for either. The same could be said about White Sox pitcher John Danks as Chicago goes into rebuilding mode. The White Sox like Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine. *The Mets and Rockies talked about a Mike Pelfrey-Huston Street trade, but bench coach Bob Geren’s history with Street and lack of interest in the closer ended those talks.
-The Mets haven’t talked with Jose Reyes’ representation this week, but are interested in Frank Francisco.
-Boston tried to trade pitchers Franklin Morales, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubront, Michael Bowden and Scott Atchison because they’re out of options and need to be released or added to the 40 man roster by the end of Friday. Today is the deadline to finalize the 40 man rosters in preparation for the Rule Five Draft.
-Colorado signed Brandon Wood to a minor league deal, likely hastening a trade of Ian Stewart.
-Jose Molina will add solid defense to the Rays catching position after signing a one-year deal.

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