2011 Winter Meetings Day Two
11:15 p.m. Eastern
-The Angels are pursuing Albert Pujols, says Ken Rosenthal. They’re the mystery team.
–Seattle plans to meet with Prince Fielder tonight, says Jon Heyman.
-It looks like Boston won’t be bringing back Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield, says Pete Abraham. David Ortiz will likely accept arbitration.
–Cincinnati has talked to Tampa Bay about its starters, including James Shields. However, Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis would be more likely to be dealt.
–Arizona will likely give Lyle Overbay one year and $1 million and they made a two-year offer to Joe Saunders, says Jon Paul Morosi.
-Pittsburgh signed OF Nate McLouth to a one-year deal, bringing him back to the Pirates, Ken Rosenthal says.
-The Mets want to bring back Chris Young, says Joel Sherman.
10:12 p.m. Eastern
-The Cubs are in on Albert Pujols to try to steer him to the Marlins, says Joel Sherman.
–Frank Francisco will get $12 million over two years with the Mets.
10:05 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets added another bullpen piece, signing Frank Francisco to a two-year deal, according to Joel Sherman. To recap, the Mets have rebuilt their bullpen tonight with Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez. Not bad.
9:55 p.m. Eastern
-In an effort to rebuild their bullpen, the Mets have agreed to send OF Angel Pagan to the Giants for RP Ramon Ramirez and OF Andres Torres. While Torres had a down year, and would have likely been non-tendered, Ramirez had a very good season for San Francisco. He went 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 66 appearances over 68.2 innings, allowing 54 hits, striking out 66 and walking just 26. With Cody Ross and Carlos Beltran leaving the team, the Giants needed someone like Pagan, along with Melky Cabrera, to provide positional stability. Pagan batted .262 with a .322 OBP along with seven homers, 56 RBI’s and 32 steals. The Mets will also improve defensively. Pagan was the second worst defensive outfielder in baseball with a -14.3 UZR, according to FanGraphs. Torres had a 2.1.
9:48 p.m. Eastern
-A trade proposal possibly in the works would send Mets CF Angel Pagan to the Giants for OF Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. Other New York writers confirm this possibility.
9:35 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets could be trading for more of a closer type than Jon Rauch, says Joel Sherman.
9:33 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets are close to making a two for one change-of-scenery style deal for a reliever and another player, says Ken Rosenthal. The trade is not for Huston Street, says Joel Sherman.
–Miami is still in on C.J. Wilson.
9:18 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets will try to acquire another reliever via trade and have multi-player trades in the works, says Jon Heyman. Toronto will receive a sandwich pick as compensation for Jon Rauch’s $3.5 million deal. They’ll try to add two more RP’s, says Joel Sherman.
8:53 p.m. Eastern
–A mystery third team has offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract, according to Bob Nightengale. It’s not the Cubs, he says.
8:50 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets and Jon Rauch have agreed to a one-year deal, says Jim Duquette. Andy Martino expects them to sign another reliever.
8:40 p.m. Eastern
–Miami is still looking for a quick resolution with Albert Pujols, says Jon Heyman.
-The Mets are close on a one-year deal with Jon Rauch, says Jim Duquette.
8:30 p.m. Eastern
–Texas has not made an offer to C.J. Wilson, says Jon Paul Morosi.
8:25 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets could be closing in on a deal with Jon Rauch, says Andy Martino.
8:10 p.m. Eastern
–Miami wants a resolution from Albert Pujols soon, says JP Morosi.
-The Cubs are players for Prince Fielder, says Jon Heyman. Seattle is also making a run.
–Mark Buehrle to St. Louis may not be a realistic option.
-The Mets are making progress with Jon Rauch, says Adam Rubin.
8 p.m. Eastern
–Miami is talking with the commissioner’s office about their offer to Albert Pujols.
-Ryan Madson and Francisco Rodriguez won’t be taking arbitration, says Peter Gammons.
–Texas is more likely to sign Mark Buehrle than C.J. Wilson. *Texas is also in talks to send Koji Uehara back to Baltimore.
-The Mets will stick with what they have at catcher.
7:30 p.m. Eastern- Evening Update
-St. Louis has made a new offer for Albert Pujols, says Bob Nightengale. Miami offered 10 years at around $220 million, says Andy Martino, and the Cards were asked to match. Miami is pushing for an answer from Pujols. Pujols won’t be getting a no-trade clause from the Marlins. If Miami gets Pujols, they’ll try to trade for a starting pitcher.
-Jon Heyman: Texas offered C.J. Wilson four years and $60 million, a source says.
-Danny Knobler: Washington’s top target is Mark Buehrle, but Texas and St. Louis will compete. *Houston approached Cleveland about Carlos Lee, but he’s too expensive. *The White Sox want to trade John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham by opening day. *Miami has interest in Wandy Rodriguez.
–T.R. Sullivan: Washington is not in on C.J. Wilson. *Roy Oswalt wants a three-year deal. *Miami and Washington are in on Mark Buehrle.
-Philadelphia is confident it’ll re-sign Jimmy Rollins.
-The White Sox want an “Ubaldo Jimenez” like package for John Danks, says Buster Olney.
–Boston was not the team that won the Hiroyuki Nakajima bidding. However, Boston has been discussing Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro with other teams. David Ortiz will accept arbitration.
-The Mets are close to signing a reliever, with Frank Francisco the top target, says Andy Martino. *The Mets may not go after a catcher and stick with Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. *The Mets won’t be getting Mark Buehrle.
5:10 p.m. Eastern
–Juan Miranda is among the Rays’ minor league signings.
5:05 p.m. Eastern
–Miami wants an answer from Albert Pujols soon, says Scott Miller.
5:03 p.m. Eastern
-News from Japan is that the Red Sox won the bidding for SS Hiroyuki Nakajima. We’ll see.
5 p.m. Eastern
–Colorado wants lefty relief and George Sherrill is on the wish list, says JP Morosi. Seattle is also in play.
4:57 p.m. Eastern
–Cleveland is willing to trade a reliever for a righty 1B or OF, says Jon Paul Morosi.
4:53 p.m. Eastern
-Boston offered David Ortiz two years and $18 million, says Joe McDonald. He wants $25 million.
4:47 p.m. Eastern
–St. Louis is looking to trade either Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook, says Ken Rosenthal.
4:45 p.m. Eastern
–Cleveland has interest in Mike Cameron, Derek Lee and Andruw Jones, says Jon Paul Morosi.
4:40 p.m. Eastern
-Does Hanley Ramirez want a trade from Miami?
-Jimmy Rollins, Rafael Furcal and Alex Gonzalez are all Cardinals SS targets, says Jim Bowden.
4:35 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees have talked to the A’s about Gio Gonzalez, but they’d only get him if they gave too much, says Bob Klapisch.
4:30 p.m. Eastern
–Kyle Lohse is available via trade, says Buster Olney. It could be to clear room for either Albert Pujols or Mark Buehrle.
4:25 p.m. Eastern
-Minnesota is “seeking resolution” one way or the other with OF Michael Cuddyer today, says Jon Paul Morosi. They probably can’t keep both Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.
4:23 p.m. Eastern
-Colorado is focused on trading Huston Street and there is nothing new on the Martin Prado front, says Troy Renck.
4:15 p.m. Eastern
-Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria isn’t ruling out signing both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, says Ken Rosenthal. Wouldn’t that be something?
-Texas and Washington are the most serious suitors for Mark Buehrle, says Jim Bowden. The Nats need starting pitching badly after Stephen Strasburg.
4:13 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets could reach a deal with a reliever as soon as tonight, says Andy Martino. I think it’s going to be Frank Francisco, they wouldn’t want the backlash that K-Rod would come with.
4:10 p.m. Eastern
-Jon Heyman confirms that the Mets are in on Mark Buehrle. Dave Lennon says the Buehrle rumor is not true and that bringing back Francisco Rodriguez is unlikely.
4:05 p.m. Eastern
–Francisco Rodriguez is possible for the Mets but unlikely, says Andy Martino. The Mets do like Frank Francisco, says Joel Sherman.
4 p.m. Eastern
-Milwaukee is among the favorites for Aramis Ramirez, says Tom Haudricourt. The Phillies and Angels could be two others.
-Dustin Moseley is a non-tender candidate for San Diego, says Jerry Crasnick.
3:57 p.m. Eastern
-The Rangers, Nationals, Marlins and Angels are four of the five finalists for Mark Buehrle, says Jim Bowden. It was reported earlier that the Mets are the fifth team.
3:48 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets are closing in on a late inning reliever not named Francisco Cordero, says Joel Sherman.
3:40 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets are among the five finalists for Mark Buehrle, says Anthony DiComo.
3:38 p.m. Eastern
-The Angels are interested in Brandon League, says Jon Paul Morosi.
-Colorado and St. Louis are interested in J.C. Romero, says Troy Renck.
3:36 p.m. Eastern
–Miami has refused to give a no-trade clause to Albert Pujols, says Jim Bowden. They did meet with C.J. Wilson today, says Jon Paul Morosi.
3:33 p.m. Eastern
–Seattle is now the front-runner for Prince Fielder, says Jim Bowden.
–Oakland could bring back Conor Jackson, says Susan Slusser.
3:28 p.m. Eastern
–Aaron Rowand is looking for a major league contract and did not get one from the Phillies, Danny Knobler says.
3:26 p.m. Eastern
-The Yankees are among the teams who will scout Joel Zumaya, says Joel Sherman.
3:24 p.m. Eastern
-Sources tell Jon Heyman that Miami would have to bid $40-50 million more than the Cardinals to get Albert Pujols.
3:21 p.m. Eastern
-Joel Sherman agrees that the Angels are finding the price on C.J. Wilson to be too high.
3:19 p.m. Eastern
-The Angels probably won’t go six years on C.J. Wilson, says Jon Heyman. Washington prefers Mark Buehrle to Wilson and Texas only wants to give four years.
3:09 p.m. Eastern
-Miami may be willing to give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause, says Clark Spencer.
3:05 p.m. Eastern
–Washington is trying to acquire either B.J. Upton or Yoenis Cespedes, or at least another CF, and have made Roger Bernadina available.
2:57 p.m. Eastern
–Miami is currently meeting internally to discuss their options, says Ken Rosenthal.
2:52 p.m. Eastern
–Miami is falling out of the C.J. Wilson race as it pursues Albert Pujols, says Ken Rosenthal.
–Mark Buehrle’s list is down to five teams, says Jon Heyman.
2:50 p.m. Eastern
-Colorado is telling teams they’d eat all of Huston Street’s contract if the Rockies get back better prospects back, says Jayson Stark. San Diego has interest. *Stark also says that Kansas City are listening on Joakim Soria but want a frontline starter in return.
2:45 p.m. Eastern
-With the closer openings vanishing, Ryan Madson and Francisco Rodriguez could take arbitration offers with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, says Jayson Stark.
2:42 p.m. Eastern
–Seattle could be towards the top of the list of Prince Fielder suitors, says Jason Churchill.
–Miguel Tejada is looking for a minor league deal, says Dan Connolly.
2:35 p.m. Eastern
-After trading Sergio Santos, the White Sox could deal another reliever. A Matt Thornton trade to Atlanta is picking up steam, according to Joe Cowley.
-The Cubs’ interest in Ian Stewart has subsided, says Thomas Harding, partially because of Colorado’s asking price.
2:30 p.m. Eastern
-Toronto won’t be going after Prince Fielder because they’re only willing to give him five years.
2:12 p.m. Eastern
–David Ortiz will probably get two years with the Red Sox.
-The Mets are among the teams interested in Miguel Batista.
2:08 p.m. Eastern
–Boston has re-signed Andrew Miller.
-Seattle, Pittsburgh and Minnesota will talk with Jeff Francis this week, says JP Morosi.
1:48 p.m. Eastern
-Boston expects David Ortiz will re-sign, says Gordon Edes.
1:25 p.m. Eastern
-The Nationals and Rays have had recent conversations about B.J. Upton, says JP Morosi.
1:15 p.m. Eastern
-Dan Lozano, Albert Pujols’ agent, says his client’s situation should be resolved within 24 hours.
1:05 p.m. Eastern
-The Marlins think the Albert Pujols negotiations will be complete one way or the other this afternoon, says Danny Knobler. Miami could go after Gio Gonzalez if they get Pujols.
–San Diego signed P Dale Thayer to a minor league deal.
12:52 p.m. Eastern
-Miami won’t completely relent on giving Albert Pujols a no-trade clause, so they’re working on something else to make up for it, says Ken Rosenthal. Miami did sign someone, inking pitcher J.D. Martin to a minor league deal.
-Toronto acquired a late inning reliever, acquiring hard-thrower Sergio Santos from the White Sox for top pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Santos, 28, saved 30 games for Chicago last year to go with a 3.55 ERA and 92 strikeouts in just over 63 innings. Molina, a 21-year-old righty starter, went a combine 12-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 26 appearances (23 starts) between advanced-A and AA with 148 strikeouts and 16 walks in 130.1 innings. It’s clear that the White Sox are rebuilding.
12:35 p.m. Eastern
–San Francisco is trying to move Jeff Keppinger, Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres but will keep Jeremy Affeldt, says Danny Knobler. However, the prevailing thought is that the Giants will non-tender Torres, says Buster Olney, so an offer for the OF wouldn’t be very good, most likely.
12:27 p.m. Eastern
-Miami has offered Albert Pujols a 10-year deal worth more than $200 million, says Bob Nightengale. St. Louis will counter today.
12:13 p.m. Eastern
-There’s optimism that Miami and Albert Pujols will work out a no-trade clause and all bets would be off, says Buster Olney.
-The Cubs want a shorter term deal with Prince Fielder worth more money, says Ken Rosenthal.
-The Rangers are right in the thick of it for C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle, says Jerry Crasnick.
12:03 p.m. Eastern
-The Albert Pujols talks could come to a head today or tomorrow, says Troy Renck. Reports say it’ll take 10 years to sign him.
-Colorado is talking with Baltimore, Toronto, Cincinnati and others on Huston Street, says Jon Heyman.
11:53 a.m. Eastern
-Talks between the Cardinals and Albert Pujols are ongoing, but it’s unclear whether St. Louis will match Miami’s 10-year offer, says Jon Paul Morosi.
11:38 a.m. Eastern
-Miami has offered Albert Pujols 10 years and are trying to work out a no-trade clause, says Ken Rosenthal. Marlins team policy is to not give no-trade clauses. The Marlins are putting on the full-court press, says Jon Heyman.
–Minnesota offered Michael Cuddyer three years and $25 million and he hasn’t accepted, says Jon Heyman. The Twins are going after Josh Willingham as a backup plan.
-There is a feeling Jimmy Rollins will end back up in Philadelphia, says Tom Haudricourt.
-Seibu will announce the winning bid for SS Hiroyuki Nakajima tomorrow. The Mets could be that team.
11 a.m. Eastern
-Colorado has acquired Kevin Slowey from the Twins for a player to be named later. The deal will be made official on Thursday after the Rule V Draft. Slowey struggles in 2011, but could be a solid back-end rotation candidate. The Rockies are also discussing a deal with Cincinnati which would swap closer Huston Street with starter Edinson Volquez, says Troy Renck. The Reds would also want a minor league pitcher as well. *Colorado also has interest in trading for Placido Polanco, Renck says. They’re also in the mix for Hiroki Kuroda.
-If Albert Pujols goes to Miami, the Cubs would try to trade for Gaby Sanchez.
10:27 a.m. Eastern
–St. Louis is resisting increasing their offer to Albert Pujols above $22 million per season, but they may have to in order to keep him from Miami.
-The Cubs submitted an offer for Pujols, but likely want Prince Fielder more.
8 a.m. Eastern
–Miami may now be offering 10 years for Albert Pujols, says Jon Heyman. Most still believe he’ll re-sign with St. Louis, says Danny Knobler.
-The Angels have talked to C.J. Wilson’s representatives and they seem like the favorites. There is still skepticism that Wilson has a six-year offer, says Jon Heyman. Washington may like Mark Buehrle more than Wilson, says Joel Sherman. Wilson will speak with the Marlins and Rangers today, says Jon Paul Morosi.
–Danny Knobler: There are eight to 10 teams interested in Jair Jurrjens of the Braves and nearly half the teams interested in Martin Prado. *The Dodgers signed Aaron Harang for two years and $12 million. He went 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA for the Padres last season. *Boston will talk to Oakland about Andrew Bailey. *Detroit is more interested in Yoenis Cespedes than big name guys like Aramis Ramirez, Mark Buehrle and Coco Crisp. *The White Sox are listening to trade proposals for John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham. *Milwaukee is slightly optimistic it could re-sign Prince Fielder, but the chances remain slim. *Tampa Bay is open to trading Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis along with Reid Brignac. *Philadelphia would like to re-sign Jimmy Rollins, who has other interest from the Brewers, Cardinals and even Nationals, but they could get Aramis Ramirez instead and trade Placido Polanco. Milwaukee and Anaheim also have interest in Ramirez.
-Jon Heyman: Darren Oliver will likely go back to Texas with Boston also interested. *Milwaukee and St. Louis are interested in Octavio Dotel. *The Mets will talk to Jason Isringhausen about a return, and the team’s shopping list includes a closer, setup man, utility IF, two backup outfielders and a catcher.
–St. Louis is shopping Kyle Lohse to make a spot for Mark Buehrle, says Phil Rogers.
-Baltimore is still talking about trading for Rockies closer Huston Street, says Jon Paul Morosi.
–Detroit has interest in reliever Luis Ayala.