MLB Hot Stove Rumors 11/29/11
4:25 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees have no visit planned with C.J. Wilson, says Jon Heyman. The Yankees, Angels, Nationals, Red Sox, Rangers and Marlins are showing interest in Mark Buehrle, says JP Morosi.
4:05 p.m. Eastern
–Seattle would try to trade Justin Smoak if they sign Prince Fielder, says Jon Paul Morosi.
3:45 p.m. Eastern
-There is no truth to the rumor that Albert Pujols and his representatives visited Toronto today, says Bob Nightengale, but it probably means he’s unhappy with the current Cardinals offer.
-Miami has interest in free agent Carlos Guillen, says Jon Paul Morosi. He also says the Rockies are looking for a veteran starter.
–Los Angeles is talking with IF Adam Kennedy.
-Jensen Lewis signed with Arizona, rather than Texas, says Jayson Stark. His bad…
-Minor league roundup: Houston signed C Carlos Corporan to a minor league deal, Philadelphia released Scott Mathieson so he could play in Japan and the White Sox inked Donnie Veal.
1:40 p.m. Eastern
-The price on Jonathan Broxton was too high for the Mets, given his injury and reliability issues, says Andy Martino.
1:35 p.m. Eastern
-The Cubs, Angels, Tigers and Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Rockies IF Ian Stewart, says Troy Renck. All four of those teams need an infielder with power, especially with the Cubs losing Aramis Ramirez, who Detroit and Anaheim have shown interest in. Pittsburgh already brought on Clint Barmes, who played with manager Clint Hurdle in Denver, and the Pirates have also reportedly shown interest in Aaron Cook.
1:30 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets and Cardinals are in the running for Octavio Dotel, says Anthony DiComo. The Reds and Tigers were previously reported as being interested.
1:10 p.m. Eastern
–San Francisco extended the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean through 2013, says Jeff Fletcher.
1:05 p.m. Eastern
-Texas signed former Cleveland reliever Jensen Lewis to a minor league deal, says Jayson Stark. He’d get $675,000 if he makes the big league roster. The 27-year-old went 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 2010 after being injured last season.
–Philadelphia signed Pat Misch to a minor league deal and re-signed Kevin Frandsen, says Stark. Misch, 30, had a 10.29 ERA in six innings for the Mets in 2011.
12:50 p.m. Eastern
-The Cubs have reached out to the agent of Albert Pujols, says Jerry Crasnick.
–Aaron Crow will get a chance to start for the Royals with Jonathan Broxton setting up Joakim Soria, says Jim Bowden.
12:45 p.m. Eastern
-Baltimore has interest in lefty reliever Renyel Pinto, says Roch Kubatko.
12:30 p.m. Eastern
-Seattle will pursue Prince Fielder, says Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik.
–Houston received permission to interview Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine.
11:25 a.m. Eastern
-With the price of starting pitching high, the Royals are looking to sign an excellent bullpen, says Bob Dutton. Joakim Soria and Jonathan Broxton is certainly a good start,
-Heath Bell’s arbitration decision greatly impacts the Padres‘ plans, says Corey Brock. San Diego would have to go after a closer if he declines. The Pads could also try to deal either Jason Bartlett or Orlando Hudson. Colorado has had some internal discussions about Hudson and San Diego likes closer Huston Street.
-Speaking of Colorado, they’re looking for pitching in a deal for C Chris Iannetta, says Troy Renck. A trade would be made only if they sign C Ramon Hernandez. The Angels also asked about Iannetta and Colorado likes Trevor Chatwood.
10:30 a.m. Eastern
–Jonathan Broxton will get $4 million to set up for the Royals, says Jon Heyman. The Mets, Rangers and Rays were most interested in him besides KC, says Jerry Crasnick. The Mets had several discussions with Broxton, says Andy Martino, and are still talking with several relievers.
-The Cubs could be going after Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder to drive up the price for division rivals, says Buster Olney.
9:55 a.m. Eastern
-There’s no word on how much money Jonathan Broxton will get with the Royals, but Jon Heyman says he has been seeking $4-6 million.
9:30 a.m. Eastern
–Jonathan Broxton signed a one-year deal with the Royals, according to Ken Rosenthal. That gives options for Joakim Soria to possibly start or even get traded, or keep him at closer, Rosenthal says.
-There is a lot of trade interest in Braves Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado, with the Yankees, Marlins and Rangers among the many teams interested in Jurrjens.
9:15 a.m. Eastern
–Boston could decide between Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont today as their new manager, says Jim Bowden.
-The Cubs will pursue both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, says Ken Rosenthal. Chicago will join the Cardinals and Marlins on the Pujols chase and the Brewers, Nationals and Mariners on Fielder. Washington could get in on the Pujols pursuit and Texas could get in on both players. The Nationals also have interest in Mark DeRosa, according to Bill Lasdon.
–Ken Rosenthal: Tony Pena and Bo Porter could be two Astros managerial candidates if they let go of Brad Mills. *Cincinnati is willing to move Yonder Alonso, but Joey Votto’s status is causing friendly debate among Reds management. GM’s view Alonso as a one-dimensional player not suited to be the main piece in a trade for someone like James Shields or Gio Gonzalez. *Teams could be calling the Cubs on Alfonso Soriano, but Chicago would need to pay a large portion of the $54 million left on his contract. *The Rangers are getting calls on Koji Uehara, but they’re reluctant to move him. *Minnesota and Boston could have interest in Josh Willingham if they lose Michael Cuddyer and David Ortiz respectively. Oakland will try to bring back Coco Crisp, not Willingham.
-The posting process for Hiroyuki Nakajima has begun and will end at 5 p.m. eastern on Friday, says Patrick Newman.
-Houston will try to lure Andrew Friedman from the Rays, but Jon Heyman says it’s a longshot.
-The Yankees have varying levels of interest in C.J. Wilson, Yu Darvish, Mark Buehrle and Edwin Jackson and the team will consider bringing back Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez for its bench, says Bryan Hoch. Atlanta has interest in Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli could be on the trading block if he’s displaced by Austin Romine. Andrew Marchand says the Yankees have a chance to get Buehrle, Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes.
–Bob Elliot: Toronto has interest in Heath Bell and other teams pursuing closers include the Red Sox, Twins, Reds, Mets, Marlins and Padres. The Jays have also contacted the agents for Francisco Cordero and Matt Capps and have explored trades for Huston Street and Andrew Bailey. Toronto is not interested in Yu Darvish and the Yankees have interest in Kyle Drabek, while Philadelphia likes C Travis D’Arnaud. Kansas City also has interest in Colby Rasmus.
-The White Sox are trying to move Matt Thornton, who has two years and $12 million left on his contract, according to Buster Olney.
-The Cardinals, Reds and Tigers are among the teams interested in Octavio Dotel, says Fox Sports.
-While Matt Capps hasn’t heard from the Mets since the GM meetings, this could be the quietest NY baseball offseason ever, says Andrew Marchand.
–Boston has gotten interest in OF Josh Reddick. Also, the Twins could be in on Yoenis Cespedes.