MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/21/11
9:25 p.m. Eastern
-Baltimore will sign 33-year-old Korean relief pitcher Chong Tae-Hyong, says Britt Ghiroli.
8:20 p.m. Eastern
-Joe Nathan gets two years and $7 million per season from Texas, says Jon Heyman. Imagine what relievers who have put up good 2011 stats will get.
8:15 p.m. Eastern
-Joe Nathan gets two years with a club option with the Rangers, says Ken Rosenthal.
8:05 p.m. Eastern
-Texas has signed Joe Nathan, according to T.R. Sullivan. Nathan had a 4.84 ERA in 48 appearances for the Twins last year. He may close and Neftali Feliz will join the rotation.
6:55 p.m. Eastern
-The Angels are meeting with C.J. Wilson this evening.
6:30 p.m. Eastern
-Sandy Alomar Jr. is out of the Red Sox managerial race, says Joe McDonald. Torey Lovullo and Gene Lamont are still in along with Bobby Valentine.
-Seattle checked in on Andrew Bailey, but Jason Churchill posits that the Mariners may have asked the A’s only to see how much they could realistically get for their own closer, Brandon League.
-Colorado could trade Ian Stewart, says Troy Renck.
-Baltimore is working on signing 33-year-old Korean reliever Chong Tae-Hyon, says Danny Knobler. The submariner could sign a two-year deal.
5:30 p.m. Eastern
-Miami is willing to part with minor and major league talent to upgrade its rotation, according to Joe Frisaro, and have interest in Oakland’s Gio Gonzalez. However, the Marlins think, according to Frisaro, that Gonzalez probably won’t be traded.
-Cleveland and Grady Sizemore are working hard on a new deal, says Jim Bowden.
5 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets, Braves and Dodgers are among six teams interested in middle infielder Jack Wilson, says Jon Heyman.
-Seattle is in on Prince Fielder to start, says Jason Churchill.
3 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees aren’t enthusiastic about trading for Jair Jurrjens because of the lack of success former Braves starters have had in New York, says Joel Sherman.
2 p.m. Eastern
-Justin Verlander is the AL MVP. Can’t say I agree, but he certainly had an incredible season. He’s the first pitcher to win MVP since Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986.
1:50 p.m. Eastern
-Danny Knobler: Oakland is very willing to trade Andrew Bailey and would prefer young, cheap hitters under team control. Toronto has interest in Bailey, and Philadelphia did before they signed Jonathan Papelbon. Oakland is not motivated to trade Gio Gonzalez.
-Texas is interested in bringing back Frank Francisco.
1:15 p.m. Eastern
-Washington is visiting Mark Buehrle, its top free agent target, at home, according to Adam Kilgore.
-Cleveland will eventually re-sign Grady Sizemore, says Jon Heyman.
-Baltimore is talking to 32-year-old Korean righty reliever Chong-Tae Hyong, according to Danny Knobler.
-Baltimore, Toronto and the Mets have had interest in Huston Street in the past, says Ken Rosenthal. A trade involving Jeremy Guthrie and Street could make sense, with Jim Johnson going to the rotation and the Rockies potentially signing Brad Lidge.
11:50 a.m. Eastern
-Milwaukee offered Clint Barmes a two-year contract to play SS, but he took Pittsburgh’s offer, says Adam McCalvy. A guaranteed starting spot and manager Clint Hurdle, who managed him in Colorado, likely helped.
-Baltimore asked Colorado about Huston Street, says Ken Rosenthal. Jeremy Guthrie could be a trade candidate.
11:30 a.m. Eastern
-Yoenis Cespedes could get more than $50 million in his free agent contract, a general manager told Peter Gammons.
11:20 a.m. Eastern
-Jim Bowden: The Reds are using Yonder Alonso as trade bait to improve pitching and are not trading Joey Votto. *Washington is getting nowhere in its pursuit of Justin Upton, Denard Span and Ben Revere and are now concentrating on Yoenis Cespedes. *Kansas City is still going after Jair Jurrjens but won’t trade OF Wil Myers.
-Bobby Valentine is the front-runner to land the Red Sox managerial job, says Gordon Edes.
-Jeff Fletcher thinks the A’s should act right away if they can get a deal including Yonder Alonso from the Reds for Andrew Bailey. I wholeheartedly agree.
10:45 a.m. Eastern
-Continuing the Reds’ interest in Andrew Bailey, the A’s have interest in Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso, according to Jim Bowden. To me, it seems like Alonso would be too good a prospect for Oakland.
10:05 a.m. Eastern
-The Reds are working on a deal to trade for Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, according to Buster Olney. Francisco Cordero will likely leave via free agency and Cincinnati could use another late-inning reliever.
-The Ty Wigginton trade does not mean that the Phillies aren’t going after Michael Cuddyer, but the team could use more of a lefty hitter, says Ken Rosenthal.
8:55 a.m. Eastern
-Tragedy has occurrred in the Netherlands, where Seattle outfield prospect Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday morning in the city of Rotterdam. To make matters worse, his brother was arrested and suspected of the heinous crime. Halman was not only a quality prospect, but a wonderful European ambassador to the sport. More players are eventually going to come from Europe and many articles describe Halman’s journey from the youth training camps in Europe to minor league teams in the United States. It’s a big loss for the Mariners and baseball as a whole. Halman was 24. Rest in peace.
-Philadelphia acquired super-utility player Ty Wigginton and $2 million from Colorado for a player to be named later or cash. Wigginton hit just .230 last season with 15 homers and 47 RBI’s in 130 for the Rockies. For Philadelphia, the lessens the need for a bench player or a high priced outfielder like Michael Cuddyer and provides insurance for veterans Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco. The team has an offer out for Cuddyer, says Jim Salisbury, but it’s probably low on dollars. Now the focus shifts to shortstop, where the team is negotiating with longtime holdover Jimmy Rollins.
-For Colorado, the Wigginton trade frees up a spot for promising 25-year-old utility prospect Jordan Pacheco, who the team is very high on. He can play first base, third base and catcher. The trade also means that the team will tender a contract to Ian Stewart. It also frees up a couple million dollars for another position.
-Boston will interview Bobby Valentine for their managerial opening, and a strong showing will make him the favorite, according to Jon Heyman.