MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/27/12
6:30 p.m. Eastern
-Zack Greinke could eclipse the $161 million record contract for a starting pitcher, Buster Olney says. The Dodgers are determined to outbid everyone for Greinke, Jim Bowden says.
-The Mets will offer David Wright deferred money in a new contract, says Ken Rosenthal.
-Philadelphia will look from within to replace the suspended Carlos Ruiz.
5:30 p.m. Eastern- Afternoon Update
-The Mets are prepared to offer David Wright eight years (including this one) and between $135 and $145 million, according to Ken Rosenthal. Other Mets news includes the team likely not tendering contracts to pitchers Mike Pelfrey and Manny Acosta and OF Andres Torres.
-While the Angels have agreed to sign Ryan Madson to be the new closer, the team is now considered unlikely to sign top free agent starter Zack Greinke. The Dodgers are considered the frontrunners for Greinke’s services.
-Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for Adderol use.
-Red Sox news: They appear to be the frontrunners to land Mike Napoli, with Texas in second, Boston is open to trading reliever Andrew Bailey and they’re in the lead to re-sign OF Cody Ross on a three-year contract.
-Colorado is interested in starting pitchers Jeff Francis and Kevin Correia, says Troy Renck. Atlanta has called on OF Dexter Fowler and the Rays also need CF help.
-Speaking of the Braves, they will likely non-tender Jair Jurrjens and are talking to reliever Chad Durbin.
11:45 a.m. Eastern
-The Mets offered David Wright seven years and more than $100 million with negotiations ongoing, says Andy Martino.
-Russell Martin is looking for a four-year contract worth between $36 and 40 million, says Andrew Marchand. The Yankees, and probably no one, would do that.
11 a.m. Eastern
-The Cubs signed starting pitcher Scott Feldman to a one-year deal worth $6 million. Feldman is a reclamation project after going 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA last season for Texas.
-Tampa Bay is hesitant to trade a guy like James Shields for just one star prospect like Wil Myers.
9:45 a.m. Eastern
-Boston would have to know they can sign or trade for two starting pitchers if they wanted to pull the trigger on a Jon Lester-Wil Myers trade, says Nick Cafardo.
-Detroit spoke with Rafael Soriano’s agent Scott Boras on Monday, says Ken Rosenthal.
9:15 a.m. Eastern
-The Yankees will likely re-sign Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Ichiro Suzuki this week to one-year deals. Pettitte will get between $10 and 11 million, Rivera will get more than that and Ichiro will get around $5 million.
8:30 a.m. Eastern
-Andy Pettitte is close to returning to the Yankees on a one-year deal, Buster Olney reports. With CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Pettitte entrenched in the rotation, Andrew Marchand questions whether New York should trade Phil Hughes.
-The Angels are close to signing Ryan Madson to be their closer on a one-year deal, Jon Heyman reports. Ernesto Frieri would be the setup man.
-The Mets offered David Wright a six-year contract worth $100 million and Wright will almost certainly turn it down, Ken Rosenthal reports. Wright wants at least seven years, Rosenthal says. The Mets are also struggling to extending R.A. Dickey.
-The Yankees are favored to re-sign Russell Martin, but the Rangers, Mariners and Pirates are also interested, according to Rosenthal.
-The Cubs, Diamondbacks and Rays were the teams most interested in Jeff Keppinger before he broke his leg. Arizona also signed Mark Teahen to a minor league deal.