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Figgins Doesn't Want To Be Traded
Mariners infielder Chone Figgins said Saturday that he does not wish to be traded. Rumors have linked Figgins to the Athletics. Seattle's front office has also downplayed the rumors. It was reported on Friday that the A's were trying to work a deal for Figgins, with third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and possibly a pitcher going to Seattle in return.
GM Downplays Figgins-To-A's Talk
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is downplaying rumors that he could trade infielder Chone Figgins to the Athletics. The Contra Costa Times was the first to report that Oakland was pursuing Figgins in exchange for Kevin Kouzmanoff and possibly a pitcher. "I'm looking forward to Figgins being our starting third baseman," Zduriencik said. "He'll be here tomorrow [for the Mariners' FanFest]. He's been agreeable to moving back to third base and that's our plan, to have Chone be our Opening Day third baseman."
Pujols Would Veto Any Trade Proposal
The understanding in St. Louis is that Albert Pujols will veto any trade proposal, according to sources. That means there will only be two outcomes of talks between Pujols and the Cardinals on a long-term contract extension: Either he signs an extension or will become a free agent this coming fall. Pujols and the Cardinals are negotiating under the player's deadline of Feb. 19, the first day he arrives in training camp.
Nationals, Indians Discussing Sizemore?
Phil Wood of MASN is reporting that the Nationals and Indians have had "conversations" about starting pitcher Fausto Carmona and outfielder Grady Sizemore. Cleveland is looking to move salary and Sizemore will be eligible for free agency in 2012. Sizemore, originally an Expos prospect, was traded to the Indians in 2002.
Tigers Have Trade Lined Up For Galarraga
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski says he has a trade lined up for right-hander Armando Galarraga. Dombrowski wouldn't reveal anymore details, but the Pirates and Diamondbacks are known to have interest. Galarraga became expendable when the Tigers signed Brad Penny to a one-year contract as a starting pitcher.
Nationals Have Wealth Of Starting Pitching
Any team looking for help in their starting rotation may keep their eyes on the Nationals this spring. Washington has added Tom Gorzelanny to a rotation that the Chicago Tribune writes could be eight-men deep. The Nationals have Jordan Zimmermann, Yunesky Maya, John Lannan, Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis, Ross Detwiler and Chien-Ming Wang in addition to Gorzelanny.
Red Sox Still Open To Dealing Papelbon
The Red Sox are still open to trading closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to the Boston Globe. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported earlier this week that the Athletics and White Sox were interested, but the $12 million contract he received nixed things. Boston has Daniel Bard and Bobby Jenks as potential replacements.
D-Backs Interested In Armando Galarraga
The Diamondbacks are showing strong interest in Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, who could fill out their rotation. The clubs are said to be exchanging names in trade talks, but nothing is imminent. Detroit has a week to trade him, release him or place him on waivers.
Tigers Add Penny, Will Look To Trade Galarraga
The Tigers have finalized a one-year deal with Brad Penny, while designating Armando Galarraga for assignment. Detroit signed Galarraga to a one-year, $2.3 million before making the move and general manager Dave Dombrowski says the team will try to trade him. "There are clubs looking for starters right now," Dombrowski said. "If we can find him a home in a rotation somewhere, that's what we'll be trying to do."
Yankees Not Yet Looking To Trade Joba
The Yankees may trade Joba Chamberlain after signing Rafael Soriano to a three-year deal, but they aren't looking to do so just yet, according to a source. New York has lost confidence in Chamberlain after three up-and-down seasons. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to trade the right-hander, but they would listen to offers.
Phillies Holding Onto Blanton?
Ruben Amaro Jr. says he's happy with Philadelphia's roster.
Rangers Have No Plans To Trade Young
Michael Young will do whatever the Rangers want him to.
Cameron Won't Request Trade From Red Sox
Mike Cameron will likely enter the season as Boston's fourth outfielder, but he wants to win and prove he's healthy.
Cubs Lead Race To Acquire Garza
The Cubs and Rays are discussing a deal involving Matt Garza.
Nationals Tried To Lure Greinke With Huge Extension
Zack Greinke had no interest in playing for Washington.