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Could Angels Bring Figgins Back?
The Angels may pursue re-acquiring Chone Figgins if they aren't able to sign free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Figgins struggled in his first season with the Mariners after signing a four-year deal. He is due $9.5 million this year and close to $20 million total the following two seasons, so that trade would free up a lot of cash for the Mariners.
Yankees Went After Keppinger
The Yankees tried to acquire Jeff Keppinger from the Astros, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes that talks "went nowhere." The infielder hit .288 with just 36 strikeouts in 514 at-bats in 2010.
Soria Won't Block Trade To Yankees
Joakim Soria wouldn't block a trade to the Yankees if the Royals changed their stance of moving him. In an interview with the Mexican paper Vanguard, Soria said he doesn't give much weight to the no-trade clause in his contract, which reportedly allows him to block trades to the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Cardinals, and Cubs. "I didn't put it there, my agent did, as a strategy," Soria said. "But if the Royals decide to trade me to New York I would gladly go to play with the Yankees or any other team... I repeat, I would not block a trade to the Yankees. I like to play baseball and I would play with any team."
Yankees Interested In Blanton, Garcia
The Yankees could express interest in Philadelphia's Joe Blanton or Freddy Garcia if Andy Pettitte opts to retire. The Phillies have been looking to deal Blanton since they signed left-hander Cliff Lee. The Yankees have requested Garcia's medical records since being turning down by Lee.
Pavano Deal Could Increase Interest In Blanton
Once Carl Pavano signs a contract, interest in Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton could increase. The two pitchers have similar statistics, but Blanton is almost five years younger. Philadelphia wants to trade Blanton, who is owed $8.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Blue Jays Trading Aaron Hill?
It's possible that Aaron Hill could be trade bait for the Blue Jays this winter and heading into the 2011 season. Hill, injury prone the past few years, can become a free agent after next season as he has three club options at the end of his contract. He'll make just $5 million in '11, but the options are for $8 million, $8 million and $10 million. Hill could be a reserve plan for a club in need of a second or third baseman, such as the Cardinals, Angels and Giants.
Royals Telling Teams They Won't Deal Soria
The Royals are telling teams that they aren't willing to deal closer Joakim Soria, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney. Soria's contract is among the most friendly in baseball. Kansas City holds a series of no-risk options through the 2014 season.
Greinke Was Never Close To Yanks, Blue Jays
Zack Greinke was never close to joining the Yankees or Blue Jays, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Milwaukee acquired Greinke from Kansas City on Sunday. The Yankees had the pieces to get Greinke, but according to multiple sources, talks never got serious. "The Yankees simply were not comfortable with Greinke pitching in New York," Rosenthal wrote. "The Blue Jays never had a shot at Greinke; they, too, were on his no-trade list, and the pitcher was not interested in playing for Toronto," he added.
Brewers Won't Trade Fielder
The Brewers aren't going to trade Prince Fielder, according to general manager Doug Melvin. "You never say never," said Melvin. "I said a few weeks ago I didn't want to trade Lorenzo Cain. But my vision is having Prince on this ballclub and keeping our impact bats intact."
Orioles Interested In Freddy Garcia
The Orioles have shown interest in pitcher Freddy Garcia. "Source confirmed the #Orioles have inquired about White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia," Jen Royle of MASN wrote on her Twitter page.
Nationals Tried, Couldn't Get Greinke To Waive No-Trade Clause
Washington had a deal in place to acquire Zack Greinke, but it fell apart when he used his no-trade clause.
Reports: Brewers Acquire Greinke From Royals
Two reports suggest that Milwaukee has acquired Zack Greinke from Kansas City without giving up Ryan Braun.
Red Sox May Field Offers For Papelbon
The Red Sox have added depth by signing Bobby Jenks.
Mets Inquire With Cubs About Gorzelanny
Tom Gorzelanny would be a low-cost option for the Mets.
Greinke Fires Agent, Asks For Trade
Zack Greinke fired his agent on Friday and has asked to be traded by the Royals.
Sources: A's Trade For Willingham
The A's and Nationals have agreed to trade Josh Willingham for two players to be named.
Mariners Looking To Trade Aardsma
David Aardsma slumped in 2010 after a breakout 2009 season.
Mariners Unlikely To Trade Felix
The Yankees may call the Mariners about Felix Hernandez after losing out on Cliff Lee.
Phillies Working To Deal Blanton, Clear Salary
Philadelphia would like to move Joe Blanton's $7 million contract.
Nationals Pursuing Trade For Garza, Greinke
Washington is "aggressively pursuing" a trade for either Matt Garza or Zack Greinke.
Jays, Nats After Greinke; New York, Texas Unlikely Fits
The Blue Jays and Nationals have the pieces the Yankees and Rangers lack to complete a trade with the Royals.
White Sox Will Listen To Offers For Buehrle
Mark Buehrle will make $14 million in the final year of his contract.
Boston Asked About Ordonez, Beltran, Willingham Before Crawford Deal
The Red Sox were adamant about adding to their outfield.
Jays Won't Give Up Top Prospects For Greinke
Toronto won't give up Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider to get Zack Greinke from Kansas City.
Twins Interested In Brendan Ryan
The Twins want to add a shortstop after moving J.J. Hardy.
White Sox Claim Quentin Isn't On Block
Ken Williams says Carlos Quentin isn't going to be shopped.
Thome, Guerrero Share Same Suitors
The Rangers, Athletics and Orioles are chasing after Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero.
Royals In Listen-Only Mode On Greinke
The Royals are taking calls about Zack Greinke, but they aren't placing any.
Garza Headed To Cubs?
A major-league source to certain that the Rays will trade Matt Garza.