MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/20/12

7:30 p.m. Eastern
-After making the All-Star team in July, the Cubs designated Bryan LaHair for assignment so he could pursue a contract in Japan.
-Expect the Yankees to sign a starter to a short term deal in Janaury or February, Joel Sherman report.

6:30 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees and Hiroki Kuroda have agreed on a one-year contract worth $15 million to remain with the team, Buster Olney reports. The Dodgers and Angels had interest.
-Arizona acquired lefty reliever Matt Reynolds from the Rockies for infielder Ryan Wheeler.
-The Mets signed OF Jaime Hoffmann to a minor league deal.

5:45 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees are not only favored to keep Hiroki Kuroda (the LA teams are focusing elsewhere), but things look good with Mariano Rivera as well. New York also signed relievers David Herndon and Mickey Storey.
-The Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers are interested in SS Stephen Drew. The Cards, A’s and Rays are also looking at shortstops. Speaking of shortstops, Arizona met with Hiroyuki Nakajima today.
-Kansas City avoided arbitration with backup C Brett Hayes, inking him for $600,000.

4 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees remain the favorites to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda, says Jon Heyman.
-Tampa Bay’s two-year deal with Joel Peralta for $6 million includes club options from 2015-2017, says Jon Morosi.
-Kansas City will look for young pitchers now, according to Jayson Stark, and they also cleared seven spots on its roster. They designated Chris Volstad, Vin Mazzarro, Luis Verdugo, Bryan Pena and others, says Bob Dutton.

1:30 p.m. Eastern
-Miami was already looking to trade Yunel Escobar before the 12 player megatrade even became official, Jeff Passan says.
-Arizona is interested in acquiring Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta, but Detroit wants a better SS if they’ll deal him.
-Toronto designated a few players for assignment, including reliever Cory Wade and IF Mike McCoy.

1:20 p.m. Eastern
-The Dodgers have asked around about Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez with the likelihood of signing Hiroki Kuroda fading. The Rangers and Angels are also interested in Greinke, Detroit wants to bring back Sanchez and the Yankees will likely keep Kuroda.
-Seattle acquired IF Robert Andino from the Orioles for quality prospect Trayvon Robinson.
-The Tigers have released Ryan Raburn.
-Are the Mets playing hardball with RA Dickey and David Wright?
-Kansas City will have to shed payroll in order to add more this offseason, says Bob Dutton.

11:45 a.m. Eastern
-Jeremy Guthrie gets $25 million over three years from the Royals, Bob Dutton reports. He’ll make $5 million in 2013, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.

11:25 a.m. Eastern
-Kansas City re-signed starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year deal, Jeff Passan and Bob Dutton report. After a disastrous four months with the Rockies, Guthrie went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 KC starts. He’ll pair with Ervin Santana atop the team’s rotation.

10 a.m. Eastern
-Toronto pulled anoter shocker by hiring former skipper John Gibbons as manager.  “This came as a big surprise for me,” Gibbons said. “It happened fast.” DeMarlo Hale and Manny Acta are both candidates to become Gibbons’ bench coach.
-Atlanta is pushing hard to sign B.J. Upton, with the Phillies seen as the biggest competition.
-There’s still a 50-50 chance that David Wright gets a contract extension from the Mets. Wright doesn’t seem too thrilled about the team’s offer right now, Mike Puma said, and the Mets would prefer a resolution for Wright and R.A. Dickey before the Dec. 3 winter meetings. Dickey might ask for a no-trade clause with the Mets.
-Boston would still like to bring back Cody Ross.
-Arizona is negotiating with Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima. -Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa says that he had 10 offers and he is down to the final five teams.

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