MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/28/11
9:55 p.m. Eastern
-Colorado is interested in C Ramon Hernandez, and could be willing to trade Chris Iannetta, says Troy Renck. They also have interest in relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Jonathan Broxton in case the Rockies trade closer Huston Street. The Red Sox, Blue Jays and Angels could have interest in Iannetta. Colorado also has possible interest in trading for starting pitchers like Jeremy Guthrie of Baltimore and Mike Pelfrey of the Mets, among others.
-Renck also adds that the Rockies are exploring trades for Ian Stewart with the Cubs among interested teams.
9 p.m. Eastern
-Houston has received permission to interview Rays President Andrew Friedman for its GM opening, says the Houston Chronicle. Friedman is expected to stay in St. Pete.
8:20 p.m. Eastern
-Houston has asked permission from the Rays to interview Andrew Friedman for its GM opening, says Rays Index.
-The Mets, unhappy with Ronny Paulino, are looking for a backup catcher to start 40 percent of the games, says Andy Martino. Ramon Hernandez, Kelly Shoppach, Jason Varitek and Ivan Rodriguez are free agents.
8 p.m. Eastern- Evening Update Roundup
-Boston will decide between Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont on Tuesday, says Joel Sherman.
-St. Louis will not change its over for Albert Pujols, but is still the favorite to sign him, says Jon Heyman.
-The Mariners, Nationals, Rangers and Cubs are the contenders for Prince Fielder, says Jason Churchill. Churchill also says that the Cubs, who are offering Carlos Marmol and Matt Garza in trades, aren’t realistic Fielder suitors. *Washington has serious interest in Fielder, says Ken Rosenthal, who view Yoenis Cespedes as its Plan B. Boston and Miami also have interest in Cespedes.
-C.J. Wilson took his tour of the new Marlins ballpark today.
-Jon Paul Morosi: Atlanta is still open to trading Jair Jurrjens in the right deal. *Milwaukee is still talking about re-signing Takashi Saito.
-The Angels are among four or five teams interested in Aramis Ramirez. Detroit could be another of those teams. Other possibilities for the Angels include C.J. Wilson, Matt Capps, Heath Bell, Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink on the free agent side and Ryan Hanigan (Reds), Chris Ianetta (Rockies) and Jeremy Guthrie (Orioles) via trade.
-Jonathan Broxton will sign with a team before the Winter Meetings, says Jerry Crasnick. The Rays, Marlins, Red Sox, Twins and Reds are among the interested teams.
-The Yankees could have interest in trading for Matt Garza, says Joel Sherman, but they are not talking about a trade for any starting pitcher right now.
-Despite previous reports to the contrary, Pittsburgh is not taking offers on Andrew McCutchen, says Dejan Kovacevic. They are also among six teams with preliminary interest in SP Aaron Cook. The Pirates released OF Xavier Paul, who cleared waivers and will likely go to AAA.
12:45 p.m. Eastern
-Jon Paul Morosi: St. Louis and Florida seem like the top suitors for Albert Pujols, while the Cubs, Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have interest in Prince Fielder. *The Yankees and Red Sox are both interested in C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle. *Many starters are available via trade, including John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Matt Garza, Randy Wells, Gio Gonzalez, Randy Wells and Jeremy Guthrie. The Orioles and Angels have been discussing a Guthrie trade in recent days. *There are also a slew of Japanese and Cuban prospects who could head to the majors this spring.
-There is serious interest in David Ortiz from teams other than the Red Sox, possibly Toronto, Texas and Tampa Bay. He wants a three year deal.
12:15 p.m. Eastern
-Jonathan Broxton wants to play close to his Georgia home, so the Rays or Marlins could make sense, according to Joel Sherman.
12:10 p.m. Eastern
-The Cubs and White Sox are getting calls about relievers Carlos Marmol and Sergio Santos, says Phil Rogers.
-Houston will select a new general manager before dealing with manager Brad Mills, says Jon Heyman.
10:15 a.m. Eastern
-Ed Wade was told before Thanksgiving that he was going to be let go by the Astros.
-Philadelphia tried to coax Billy Wagner out of retirement before they signed Jonathan Papelbon, says Mark Hale.
-Toronto is open to dealing David Cooper, a 1B who won the AAA Pacific Coast League batting crown, says Jon Heyman.
9:45 a.m. Eastern
-Jose Molina signed a one-year deal, with a club option, worth $1.8 million with Tampa Bay, says Ken Rosenthal. The 36-year-old defensive minded backstop hit a robust .281/.342/.415 (all career highs for seasons with at least 100 plate appearances) with three homers and 15 RBI’s in 191 plate appearances (55 games) with Toronto. A really good signing for the Rays.
9:15 a.m. Eastern
-Don’t expect the Yankees to go after C.J. Wilson, says Andrew Marchand. Yu Darvish is possible, but Mark Buehrle is better for the NL and Edwin Jackson won’t be happening. Neither will Roy Oswalt or Hiroki Kuroda. Yoenis Cespedes is possible.
-The Mets have interest in IF Jack Wilson, says Mike Puma. The team has yet to make an offer.
9:10 a.m. Eastern
-Jeff Passan: St. Louis is the heavy favorites to land Albert Pujols because his number of landing spots is thin. Washington and Texas could also fit. *Seattle and the Cubs could be possibilities for Prince Fielder, but probably not Milwaukee. *C.J. Wilson could be in the Marlins’ price range, but his value goes up if Yu Darvish doesn’t come to America this offseason. *Mark Buehrle’s deal could set the pitching market value. The White Sox and Cardinals don’t have the money, but a lot of teams like the Yankees, Nationals, Cubs, Angels and Blue Jays have interest. *Jimmy Rollins would have a ton of interest as well if he signed for three years instead of the five he wants, Passan says. *Florida, Milwaukee and a Pujols-less Cardinals team have interest in Jose Reyes, among other teams. *Boston will probably hire Bobby Valentine.
-On the Astros situation: GM Ed Wade and team president Tal Smith have been fired, with assistant GM Dave Gottfried being used as the interim general manager, says Alyson Footer. Gottfried is not a candidate for the job, but the logical favorite is Rangers assistant Thad Levine, says Jon Heyman. Rays president Andrew Friedman will likely not be a candidate. Other possibilities include former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, Rangers exec A.J. Preller, or Florida assistant Dan Jennings. The future of manager Brad Mills is also in doubt.
-After trading Jon Jaso to Seattle on Sunday, the Rays signed C Jose Molina, according to Jon Heyman.
-Detroit has also inquired on Mark Buehrle. Kelly Johnson, Octavio Dotel and Yoenis Cespedes will also be targets.